- What is Kindling?
- Why does A Big Project need your Kindling?
- What do you need to do?
- What will the messages say?
- What types of Kindling networks should you send to?
- How many people should you send the message to?
- Who writes the message that will be sent out globally?
- What is A Big Project's ultimate agenda?
- Who is behind A Big Project?
- Can you get paid to engage in this project?
- How do you sign up?
- Additional questions, comments or suggestions?
Kindling is the term for the networks of friends, family and professional contacts that individuals all over of the world develop over time. Kindling networks can be technology-based, such as email, text, Facebook, Twitter, etc. or, they can be face-to-face, such as the group of people you connect with at regular meetings or events (i.e. faith-based services, family reunions, community events, class, etc.).
We all know groups of people, “ networks,” who help us feel part of a community. Our project is linking as many of these communities as possible around the world. We need YOUR Kindling so that when we articulate the place where the world’s visions for a better world overlap, that common global vision includes the insights, ideas and hopes of people from your community.
Your job is quick and simple. All we ask is that you send out two messages to people in your networks. You'll send one message out in June and the other in December of 2012. You can use any communication network(s) that you prefer to send out the message. For example you can use email, text, Facebook, Twitter, distribute flyers or make an announcement at a meeting.
The first message in June will invite people all over the world to be a “Spark” Sparks are the people from every country who will facilitate the four questions that will help us put our finger on the pulse of what people’s priorities are for a better world. The second message in December will share the findings of the Project and highlight the world’s “Sweet Spot” – the place where people from every region, religion, culture, and level of access to resources agree the world could be better. This second message will include a live link to an explosion of art and music all over the world. You’ll be seeing and hearing a translation of s our findings into emotions that stir people’s hearts and minds.
You can send the message out to your personal networks (friends and family) or to your organizational Kindling (people in your organization’s database/listserv). If your organization signs up to participate in the Kindling campaign, we can also list the organization on our website as a partner in supporting this work.
You decide. You can send to just one of your networks, or all of them. We need large numbers to get around the world so we do hope you will send the message to as many people as possible.
A Big Project will write each of the messages to go out and send them to you for distribution. If you would like to add your own note to the message to make it more personal or show how it is aligned with your organization’s mission, you are welcome to do so! If you would like to re-write the message altogether, we simply ask that you check with us on the content of the message before sending out.
When it comes to major global issues such as famine, war, or climate change, too many people in the world have become apathetic. They either don’t believe they can affect change or they don’t feel connected to the conversations about change that are taking place. We seek to address this by creating a space for people from every country to take part in a global conversation. Our ultimate agenda is to clarify what the world’s agenda is. Once we discover the answers, by using the universal languages of art and music, we will put a spotlight on these priorities in ways that inspire a new collective sense of possibility, hope and direction for global progress.
A Big Project is comprised of individuals from more than 20 countries and nearly every region of the world. We have no official affiliation with any single organization or institution. We are a non-political one-year project seeking to build on the wind of change for the greater good. We are activists, economists, students, receptionists, artists, farmers, scientists, sex workers, lawyers, drivers, teachers, small business owners, spiritual advisers, and people who are unemployed. Regardless of our wide range of political, religious and philosophical perspectives, we are coming together around a common belief that our world can be better than it currently is, and that we have the power to support positive change simply by starting the conversation.
No, unfortunately no one can be paid through this work. This is a 100% volunteer-based project. There is no paid staff, not even the organizers.