Dara Barlin

published Sign Up! in New Leaders 2013-09-16 18:53:21 -0400

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published Enketo Rezultoj in Esperanto 2012-10-25 21:47:12 -0400

Enketo Rezultoj

rezultoj de la enketo

Plej popularaj vortoj laŭ ĉiu regiono






* Vortoj estas en ordo de graveco.

published Artistas in Español 2012-10-25 17:24:00 -0400

Renacimiento global del Arte y la Música

20 de diciembre de 2012 – ¿Cuál es tu visión de un mundo mejor?

Expresa tu visión de un mundo mejor a través de canciones, bailes, mosaicos, pinturas, fotos, murales, esculturas, poesías, obras de teatro, presentaciones en vivo, recolectas de palitos, reciclaje de latas de refresco, desfiles de bandas marciales, círculos en cultivos, nado sincronizado o cualquier otro proyecto creativo. Luego muestra tu trabajo al mundo, el 20 de diciembre de 2012. El día anterior al que el Calendario Maya predice un cambio radical hacia una sociedad más humana.



El concepto creativo:

Haz clic aquí  para inspirar tu proyecto en las respuestas de personas de 97 países sobre su visión de un mundo mejor.


El escenario global:

Tu trabajo se presentará en páginas web, exhibiciones de arte, blogs, radio, televisión y otros medios en todo el mundo, para que gente de todas partes lo pueda apreciar, escuchar y sentir.


Centros artísticos:

Si diriges algún centro musical, teatro, galería o cualquier otro tipo de espacio y quieres exhibir arte, musicales o presentar las actuaciones que se hayan organizado, por favor infórmate sobre tu centro haciendo clic aquí

published Individual Answers in Global Survey 2012-10-22 17:15:07 -0400

Top Answers for How to Change World

The inspiration for the art and music for A Big Project’s Global Renaissance comes from a process which has crowd-sourced the best ideas for HOW to make a better world at the individual level.  People from 97 countries gave us their ideas.  And then people from all over the world voted on the ideas they like best.  Here are the results.


Global Survey Top 10 Answers:

Try to be more kind and understanding to people who are really far from me in their ideals, goals, character etc. -Vardan Harutyunyan, Yerevan, Armenia


Try to listen inward to understand what I truly need and want, and not to what society says I need and want. -Annika, Lund, Sweden


Drop our "Us vs. Them" mentality where our family, our clan, our nation are the only GOOD GUYS. - Mel Barlin, Las Vegas, United States


Practice listening and considering new ideas that may be different from what I’m used to, but might also be better than what I’m used to. Try to discard old ideas that have not passed the test of time. -Anonymous, Australia


Consider ethical / sustainable implications of consumer choices. -Rachel Waddell, London, United Kingdom


Stop reacting to what happen - instead, take a step back, look at things differently and reconsider my first impression according to others' point of view and seeking the common good.  -Anne Guillaume,Liège, Belgium


Live in the now to better appreciate what is already around me rather than to chase after things I don't have.  -Annika, Lund, Sweden*


Become an active part of civil society and fight not only for my own rights and environment but also for the others. -Norair, Yerevan, Armenia


Work on my own compassion for the world, my own awareness. To shift how I do things and how I interact with others and with the earth on a daily basis. And to live with gratitude in my heart every day. -Violetta, Toronto, Canada


Teaching my children the value of friendship, love, sharing, giving, kindness, openness, generosity, listening and personal integrity. So that they may teach my grandchildren and great grandchildren the same. -Anonymous



Close Runner ups

Stop being afraid of failing.     -Harman, Canada


Do my best to stop blaming someone or something outside when i hurt…    -Anonymous, France


Be positive , optimistic   -Lina, Palestine


Forgive everything      -Thomas , Finland



*Annika’s responses were broken into 2 responses for voting, since they represented 2 different ideas. Both made it into the top 10.


To see the full results from the survey click here


published Graphics in Global Survey 2012-10-04 12:31:43 -0400

Responses Based on Question


Question #1: What would you NOT want to continue from this world?



*In the graphic for Question #1 above, some responses received were phrased as double-negatives. This led to some words reoccurring which had a different or opposite context.   For example: if two people responded that they would NOT want to continue “lack of access to education” and “poor education facilities”,  the word “education” would come up as most highly recurring. 


Question #2:  What WOULD you want to continue from this world?




Question #3: What do people need to do differently now to get to that world?




Question #4: What is one thing that you will commit to do differently now to help us get to that better world?




Responses Based on Region

Below represents findings base on the most popular words which emerged when combining the answers to all four questions.  The content in the outer circles are based on the words that came up most often within a region, and were most distinct to that region.  The words which appear in the middle represent the words which reoccurred consistently at high levels across all regions - what this project terms the “Sweet Spot”.



 Responses Based on Gender





An interactive version of these histograms at BigML (www.bigml.com) will be made public soon, and a link will be made available on the website at that time.


published Methods in Global Survey 2012-10-04 12:30:39 -0400

Research Methods


Types of surveys

To get people to respond to the questions we offered two ways of answering, using Survey Monkey as the technology platform. The first was to answer the questions directly, on one’s own, by going to the online survey provided at www.abigproject.org/myanswers.  The second way was to answer the four questions in groups.  One survey from each group would be then downloaded online at www.abigproject.org/answers.  Surveys were translated into 16 different languages.  All surveys will continue to remain open until December 2012.


Types of outreach

Outreach to engage people in taking the survey was done through a series of strategies including: parties, social media, personal outreach to friends and family, and street-based canvassing.  The lion’s share of communication for this initiative has been Internet-based.  Note: this has meant that there is a disproportionate number of people with high levels of access to the Internet in our sample.  (Click here to see demographics.)   The project hopes to partner with groups which provide access to communities without high levels of access in the coming months. (Click here to partner.)



On September 20, the surveys were analyzed to assess the results of the first month’s responses to the four global questions.  The process included

  1. Downloading all surveys from online platform
  2. Translating surveys from other languages into English using machine translation*
  3. Working with partners to extract, sort, and analyze data based on two levels: Popularity - words that were cited most often in the responses; and distinctiveness - the level of distinctiveness words had to each region (as well as level of agreement across regions) 
  4. Creation of images that best depicted data (i.e. histograms, wordles, etc.)
  5.  Translation of data back into all languages on website (in progress)


*It is important to note that machine translation is not ideal for many translation efforts – specifically because machines often use literal translations and cannot always determine the context of a word in a sentence. In all other elements of this project volunteer certified translators have been used to support translation.  However, in the case of survey data translation it is believed that machine translation is most effective because a) the analysis focuses on a key word analysis (not concept or sentence analysis) so a literal translation of each word is most appropriate and b) because the size of the dataset, there would be no feasible way of translating all responses with the current capacity of volunteer translators.

We recognize that this is NOT a perfect process.  We would like to acknowledge that some concepts may get lost in translation, and encourage others in similar efforts to find ways to make this process even more accurate in the future.


**Level of distinctiveness and agreement were determined based on the following formulas:





The report uses graphics to explain much of the results.  This is done because we believe it will make understanding about the information easier for people from different backgrounds and because we value graphic imagery as a method to express ideas in ways that sometimes numbers and words alone cannot.   


There are three types of graphics provided: 1) ‘Worldles’ (www.wordle.net ) which present words in order of those most recurring  based on size; 2) Venn diagram – a  Microsoft Word chart which helps represent areas of distinction and areas of agreement; and 3) histograms from BigML, Inc. database (www.bigml.com) . Histograms are interactive online and will be made available to the public soon.


Limitations of Study

Because there are always competing ideas for which countries are included in various regions, as well as which countries are currently recognized as countries, some of our data may be specific to our organization of world areas.  See Appendix B in the full report for our breakdown of countries by region.  Further, the types of people who filled out the survey may not represent the ‘typical’ viewpoints of people from that country or region.  In some cases we only have one or a few people filling out the survey from a specific country.  Because of our small sample size in some areas, readers should not seek to generalize the results from any particular region with too much vigor.  More confidence in the data will accrue as the number of people taking the survey continue to build.

Further, because this is a primarily Internet-based initiative (using low or no-cost social media platforms and other technologies to support global organizing efforts) there is a strong bias of respondents who have access to the Internet.  Approximately 89% of respondents had good or very good access to the Internet, which compares to statistics which suggest only about a third of the world’s population have good access.  It is important to recognize that many people and communities without good access to the Internet often also have low access to other key economic resources such as food and safe housing.  These findings are therefore not a representative sample of the global population in terms of economic or technology-based factors. Project leaders are making efforts to increase representation of these populations in the coming months. 

Additionally, this research report is based on an initiative seeking to gain clarity on how people feel the world could be better, and then to share this data in ways that opens people’s hearts and minds – through art and music.  It also seeks to build buy-in and engagement around the results by inviting as many people to participate as possible. There is a tension which exists between communicating the results with the utmost scientific rigor while also garnering interest in the project and making the information accessible to artists, musicians (and aspiring artists and musicians) who want to create projects based on the data.  The authors have done as best as they could in meeting all of these goals while maintaining the integrity of the data by using scientific methods wherever feasible, and being as transparent about the process as possible. 

The authors acknowledge that this report – as well as this project – is imperfect process.  It is hoped that the data support the process of communication and collaboration, rather than the outcome of it.  And it is hoped that future endeavors which seek to engage the globe in conversations will build on our work, and find improved ways to do this work. 





published Demographics in Global Survey 2012-10-04 10:23:31 -0400

Respondent Demographics

Number of total responses for first month’s preliminary analysis:  1274   

Number countries represented in first month’s preliminary analysis:  97





*See Appendix B for list countries by region.

*1 respondent reported their country as “not listed” which is why figures for country are 1 survey short of total number of responses. 


published Key Findings in Global Survey 2012-10-04 09:03:24 -0400

Key Findings

Much of the findings in this report confirm what many already believed a better world might look like.   If we had the opportunity to recreate the world, most people would NOT want to continue things like war, poverty, and corruption.  People would want to continue things like love, peace, and nature

But when looking deeper into what people would continue into a new better world, a few more interesting ideas emerge.  Included in the top ten things that people would like to ensure are continued from this world are:  technology, music, art, culture, education, diversity and freedom

When looking at gender-based differences, some very different specific viewpoints surface. When it comes to making the world a better place, men around the world say that technology, democracy and language are key ingredients.  While women say that love, food, care and community are most critical.

Probably the most interesting aspects of the analysis focus on the regional differences.  The top words for each of the defined regions surface what could be perceived as the top global priorities for people in that region; or what some would say have highest top-of-mind awareness. A few selected findings include:

  • Corruption in Africa
  • Power in North America
  • Sustainability* in Scandinavia
  • Religion in Middle East and South/Southeast Asia
  • Nature in Western Europe and Central/South America

Possibly one of the most surprising elements of the findings thus far was the surfacing of the top three words for all questions and all regions.  In looking at the words which had the highest level of agreement across all parts of the world, the following three words emerged in order of importance (or level of recurrence):



This report represents the first of a four-month long survey process.  The four global questions will remain open until December and can be taken at www.abigproject.org/myanswers.  Art and music development based on the concept "HELP LIFE CHANGE" is starting immediately. 





*The actual word that came up most frequently for Scandinavia was ‘sustainable’. The word was modified to ‘sustainability’ to make the concept easier to understand for all readers. 



published Global Survey 2012-10-04 08:24:22 -0400

Survey Results

In August 2012, people from more than 97 countries answered our four global questions:

 If the world as it currently exists were to radically shift tomorrow, and we had the chance to recreate the world:

  • What would you NOT want to continue from this world?
  • What WOULD you want to continue from this world?
  • What could people do differently now to help us get to that better world?
  • What is one thing that you will commit to do differently now to help us get to that better world?

Click on the links below to see what we found out in our analysis.  


To see the top individual answers for how to make the world a better place, click here.  

To see the key collective findings on what a better world looks like with graphics, click here 

To see the key collective findings without graphics, click here


To see the type of people who answered the questions, click here.

To see the list of countries which were represented, click here

To see the way the researchers conducted the analysis, click here.


To download the full report, click here




To download the media kit, click here. 



UN Presentation of Results:

To see the presentation of the preliminary results at the United Nation's Church Center on September 21, 2012 - International Peace Day, click play on the video below.






published Photos in History 2012-10-02 12:33:50 -0400


Sweet Spot parties from around the world:



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Yerevan, Armenia                                                                Valenciennes, France


 Taara_with_mic.jpg           standoff.jpg

Delhi, India                                                                       Brooklyn, USA




Kampala, Uganda


For more photos go to:  www.facebook.com/abigproject

published answers_OFOP in Home 2012-09-16 20:33:32 -0400

published myanswers_OFOP in Home 2012-09-16 20:27:19 -0400

published myanswers_portuguese in Português 2012-09-07 17:19:28 -0400

published myanswers_khmer in ភាសាខ្មែរ 2012-09-06 16:58:06 -0400

published myanswers_turkish in Türkçe 2012-08-29 08:52:01 -0400

published Prizes in History 2012-08-28 16:28:48 -0400


Prizes for the most creative AND most practical answers to question #4. (You must submit your answers to the four global questions by September 20th to be eligible for prizes. Click here to provide your answers now.)

6 speed Folding Bicycle (folds up so you can take with you anywhere!)






Solar Powered Lantern 








Chair that Folds into a Messenger Bag




   Tabletop Drum Kit (plugs into computer)





Miniature Photo Studio      






Artsy Iphone Case 











Ipod Boombox






Solar Powered Dancing Flowers













published myanswers_spanish in Español 2012-08-24 00:58:04 -0400

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