This question, this word, used to be the bane of my existence. It would hover over me as a cloud of doubt that people did not believe in my thoughts, my abilities, my drive, my vision... more importantly, me.
But, what I have learned is that why is the most important question in the world.
It serves as the gatekeeper for curiosity, expansion and creativity. It epitomizes wonder, and more importantly living. It ultimately gives us the gift of growth.
So, this leads me into the question you are probably asking... what is Connections Media and why are you doing this thing? Why is it important? Why, at 44 years old, would I want to leave my life, friends, home, and family for 5 years to live like a vagabond, to listen to people.
Well, this is what it boils down to... I believe in humanity, and specifically humans. I believe in their inherent goodness. I believe in their ability to change and elevate their own lives, their neighborhoods, their cities, their states, their countries, and ultimately their world.
I want to hear what makes them tick. I want to see their eyes dance. I want to be quiet and hold a space for them to be unapologetically themselves. I want, for a moment, to experience, with no judgement, what it feels like to be in their shoes.
I want to connect. I want to go on that ride. And, I believe, most people are yearning for the exact same thing. We are more alike than different. And more and more, I believe we are looking for ways, places, and people who will allow us to get out of our boxes and be willing to drop the walls.
So, what started as a ‘me’ believing in this life philosophy, thankfully is now a ‘we.’ A road crew of four dedicated women ranging in age from 21-44 are traveling the world to hold space for people to talk. A volunteer crew of students, creatives, and professionals add their input along the way with their resources, skills, voices, money, time, and talents to keep the train moving. And present it to you through film, music, art, literature, experiences, and outreach.
We reflect and reveal the essence of a community through intimate portraits of the people living within. We take time to engage one-on-one, in person. Started in January 2018, and continuing through December 2022, we are committing to traveling and living in 17 regions around the world, on an anthropological/social study of humans. Our intent is to inspire people to listen, to see others, and to elevate their home communities.
Words Have Meaning
Actions Have Intent
People Have Purpose
Communities Have Value
This is our why...
We are People Who Love People. Who Listen To People.
We are a media company focused on the heart of a community and what truly makes it turn - at its very core.
*This is an experiment. An expose. A journey. A one-on-one conversation/listening session takes place between a person and us. There are no talking points + no agenda. It is recorded. From whatever happens in this conversation, and based solely on this conversation, the person then has 24 hours to pick the next person to have their own conversation with us. After 5 people have created a chain, a theme emerges. What do you resonate with? What did you need to hear? Who do you need to listen to? Follow the process here.