One Day on Earth: Documenting the World’s Story

One Day on Earth is pretty much the coolest thing ever. It’s kind of exciting. Basically, it’s an organization made up of multiple NPOs and other companies, photographers, videographers, and just normal people like you and me taking a look at what’s going on all in one day.

Here’s their site description:

On November 11th, 11.11.11, across the planet, documentary filmmakers, students, and other inspired citizens will record the human experience over a 24-hour period and contribute their voice to the second annual global day of media creation called One Day on Earth. Together, we will create a shared archive and a film.

Founded in 2008, One Day on Earth’s first media creation event occurred on 10.10.10. The collaboration was the first ever simultaneous filming event occurring in every country of the world. It created a unique geo-tagged video archive as well as an upcoming feature film.

Together, we are showcasing the amazing diversity, conflict, tragedy, and triumph that occurs in one day. We invite you to join our international community of thousands of filmmakers, hundreds of schools, and dozens of non-profits, and contribute to this unique global mosaic. One Day on Earth is a community that not only watches, but participates.

They have a trailer from last year’s One Day on Earth video (10/10/10):

One Day on Earth is a great way to bring everyone in the world together for one day. The births, the traffic incidents, the sunrises and sunsets, the every day life of everyone on Earth. It’s a beautiful way to remind us that we’re all people living on the same planet going about our lives. That’s some unifying stuff!


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Not for Profit

There are many, many Non-Profit Organizations that are close to my heart – where they are doing things that I agree with, have partaken in, or simply think is a worthwhile ambition. Did you know that one of the first national NPO’s was Harvard University? We think that they are all small companies looking to make a difference, but I think we forget that most of them actually have! In more ways than one! I’ve personally served in the inner cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and even in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, and its tourist city Siem Reap. While not everyone is given those opportunities (and while some are even given more), we can all find some way to feel a part of the world at large.

I don’t want this to sound preachy, but come on, if you live in America you’re in the richest 2% of everyone in the world – and as of Halloweekend, that will be 7 billion people. I don’t know about you, but my Facebook friends only to go a little over 1,000, and even I think that’s a lot of people to be connected to. I can’t even comprehend how large of a number 7 billion people is.

What we don’t understand is how often it’s the non profits that do the work that we know should be done, but it’s plainly too much to wrap our heads around. Like world peace. or hunger. or poverty. What we don’t realize is how often those funds don’t come from us, but should. Non profits are entirely reliant on external funding to make their actions happen – they don’t keep it for themselves, with big bonuses and expensive trips, instead they give that money to people who need to eat fo that day. or month. or year. And even just $5 (not even a full Chipotle burrito!) can help make someone’s entire week’s diet.

Just a thought – who knows, even you could partake in some of their services yourselves! Make a difference.