I took part in Ben Montgomery’s Thoreau Experiment a couple weeks ago. Inspired by a Thoreau essay on walking, Ben walked everywhere for a week, in Florida, in the summer. I tried it for a day, walking to work in downtown Atlanta. It was such a cool experience, one that made me feel connected to my city in a whole new way. Here’s one pic from the morning walk.
I was lucky enough to be on a panel yesterday at the CNN iReport Awards, talking about storytelling. The experience reminded me of the many reasons I love-love the work iReporters do.
Here are two examples:
These messages of hope for escaped slaves in Mauritania reaffirmed my belief that stories do have the power to create change and to move people in a way that is meaningful and important. Thanks to everyone who sent in these messages. It was so humbling and inspiring to watch them come in:
And here’s “Walk in Our Shoes” project, which shows the power of collective storytelling. The group is stronger than its parts. Love all of these submissions, and I got to meet a couple of the submitters this weekend, which was awesome.
Went to a super-fun wedding in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, last weekend. Crossed off three new states on that trip: Washington (still haven’t been to Seattle, but we flew into Spokane), Idaho and Montana. All beautiful and worthy of return visits for sure. Everyone wears plaid in these parts.