Out of Eden Walk: YEAR 3

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The Out of Eden Walk 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is the foundation of Paul Salopek’s seven-year, 21,000-mile foot journey.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent, Paul is retracing the pathways of humanity’s first migration out of Africa and around the globe—on foot, as our ancestors traveled.

“The Out of Eden Walk is primarily a storytelling quest into the lives of the people and the human landscapes that Paul encounters on the trail. Moving at the slow beat of his footsteps, Paul is revealing the inner worlds of people he encounters: the nomads, villagers, traders, farmers, and fishermen who don’t ordinarily make the news. The Walk is a way of being; a commitment to humanity.

This campaign helps support Year Three of the journey. In order to keep the focus where it should be—on the wealth of content from the trail—we’ll confine our crowd-funding efforts to these once-a-year campaigns.

In 2015, we hope to bring the Walk experience to a broader audience, in the United States and across the globe, including students of all ages. From 2013-2015 our educational mission has grown considerably—along with the costs inherent in realizing our potential in classrooms.”

THE PLEDGES WILL HELP FUND:

There are three new missions ahead for the OOEW Team. This year fundraising will be used to develop the following:

 


University outreach

Building on successful pilot programs, we plan to take the Out of Eden Walk slow journalism curriculum national this year, through a series of workshops for colleges and universities. Our University Outreach director is organizing in-person meetings with educators at several dozen campuses across the U.S. in the network of one of our main education partners, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The academic fields represented at such meetings include journalism, geography, environmental science, and international studies. (The Walk’s classroom potential is almost limitless, with points of reference in subjects ranging from history to visual arts to anthropology.)

“Paul’s dispatches not only bring depth to what scores of students study but they also transform our ideas of the way human beings have organized and survived through the centuries.”

Aateka Shashank
Recent university graduate and Walk enthusiast

With your support, our University Outreach director will expand the Walk’s nationwide curriculum, conduct workshops and teacher-training visits at participating schools, and link up classes for live interactions with Paul in the field. The first university courses in the Walk earned excellent student evaluations, and students who participated in the pilot program are eager to discuss how they used the Walk as inspiration and methodology for their own narrative projects. One enterprising student in Pittsburgh, for instance, was inspired to apply its methods to documenting his own city. Setting up a national university program will be a two-stage process, with both in-person and online components. The “Out of Eden Workshop” is available now.

Cartography Workshops

With your support, our University Outreach director will expand the Walk’s nationwide curriculum, conduct workshops and teacher-training visits at participating schools, and link up classes for live interactions with Paul in the field. The first university courses in the Walk earned excellent student evaluations, and students who participated in the pilot program are eager to discuss how they used the Walk as inspiration and methodology for their own narrative projects. One enterprising student in Pittsburgh, for instance, was inspired to apply its methods to documenting his own city. Setting up a national university program will be a two-stage process, with both in-person and online components. The “Out of Eden Workshop” is available now.

One-day courses will use geographic data produced from Paul’s GPS and existing Out of Eden Walk maps as examples to show workshop attendees how to create their own online maps, visualizations, and animations in a variety of formats using open-source software tools. Our instructor, Harvard mapmaker Jeff Blossom, will lead students through the creation of: – General reference maps in PDF format using QGIS desktop software – 3D tour visualizations in movie format, using Google Earth – Interactive online map presentations using ArcGIS Explorer Online. In addition, the cartographic principles of scale, projection, symbology, typography, and visual hierarchy will be introduced and practiced.

Translation Expansion

Thanks to follower support, Out of Eden Walk became multilingual in November 2014. The work, however, is far from finished. To serve the expanding global readership, we hope to further widen the Walk’s message and community across languages. This will involve cultivating international communities of bloggers and social media users in the countries Paul walks through to help translate his journalism on a volunteer basis. On occasion, for quality control, we’ll need to hire professional translators and reviewers.

The community building in itself will require more bandwidth than our tiny team can currently handle, given the costs of an honorarium for selected, high-quality volunteer translation, editing and moderation, and publishing. It’s our goal to make all Out of Eden Walk digital assets available in a wide variety of languages, especially in underserved communities en route.

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“Update: The Abundance Foundation has launched a match campaign for the duration of Out of Eden Walk’s Kickstarter. From now until the last day of the campaign, August 12, all donations are worth twice as much. For details, and to make your Kickstarter pledge count twice, head here.”

SUPPORT BY PLEDGING ON KICKSTARTER HERE

 

 

About PAUL Salopek

Milestone 28: Heartbreak | November 8, 2014 © OOEW
Milestone 28: Heartbreak | November 8, 2014 © OOEW

Born in California, Paul Salopek crossed his first border at age six when his family moved to central Mexico, where he later worked as a rancher and cowhand. For years he made his living as a commercial fisherman. As a foreign correspondent, he has reported on conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Latin America, as well as on global topics such as oil production, overfishing, and the human genome.

His stories have appeared in National Geographic, the Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The American Scholar, The Best American Travel Writing and other publications. His reportage has earned many awards in the United States, including two Pulitzer Prizes; the George Polk Award; the National Press Club Award; the Overseas Press Club Award; the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage in Journalism; the Lovejoy Award for defending press freedom; a Princeton Ferris-McGraw Fellowship; and a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.

Paul holds a B.A. in environmental biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His book about exile, The Mule Diaries, will be published by Random House.

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For further details on any of these missions, please contact info@outofedenwalk.com.
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