Have you ever had a travel experience that you knew if shared could make the world a better place?
NEW AND IMPROVED PRIZE SCHEME
INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS DONORS
$10: A “thank you mention", a postcard from Indonesia, and a downloadable version of the project DVD* (*available in Dec. 2012)
$25: A “thank you mention", a postcard, a downloadable version of the project DVD*, and a small, hand-made artisan piece from Indonesia (*available Dec. 2012)
$50: A thank you mention, a postcard, a downloadable version of the project DVD*, a small, hand-made artisan piece from Indonesia, and a PDF of the final book* (*available Dec. 2012)
$100: A "thank you mention", a postcard, a downloadable version of the project DVD*, a small, hand-made artisan piece from Indonesia, and a softcover mini-book – signed* (*available Dec. 2012)
$200: A "thank you mention", a downloadable version of the project DVD*, a medium-sized, hand-made artisan piece from Indonesia, a softcover mini book – signed*, and five 8x10’’ photographs (*available Dec. 2012)
$500: A "thank you mention", a hard-cover book – signed with DVD included*, a medium-sized Indonesian tapestry, eight 8x10’’ photographs, a list of authentic Balinese recipes from our stay*, and an insider’s guide to Bali written by us* (*available Dec. 2012)
I N T E R W O V E N
A Multi-Media Project Featuring an Assortment of Vibrant Photography, Local Conversations and Powerful Anecdotes Illustrating the Interwoven Nature of Human Impacts
Seen Through the Eyes of the Diminishing Cultures and Biodiversity of the Indonesian Islands
Have you ever had a travel experience you knew if shared could make the world a better place?
The name “Interwoven” is inspired from the metaphor of the colorful Indonesian ikat tapestry. We believe that like the ikat, intention and mindfulness can weave together threads of human perception to form a greater vision.
Realizing the interconnectivity of all species on earth, and how we affect one another in ways that are very real but not always obvious, can lead to stronger global relationships. Our philosophy is that by taking a greater interest in the complex, open systems we are each a part of, we will naturally pursue more sustainable options.
We are referring to our food, our economies, our businesses, the climate, and our socio-cultural interactions with other people. Indonesia is the perfect backdrop to talk about these systems, as it is one of the most biologically and culturally diverse places on earth, and yet is rapidly expanding in terms of both population and their economy.
The potential biological and cultural impoverishment as a result of this growth would affect the world on a greater scale. Losing Indonesia’s rainforests means an increase in climate change that we all share. Losing biodiversity means squandering viable options for nutrition, medicine, and innovation. Losing cultural multiplicity means homogenizing global culture and eliminating voices that can contribute to solving global challenges.
The project will result in a book, website and a film which will reveal two things: the interconnectedness of humankind and non-human species, as well as the opportunities we as human beings have to collectively ensure a sustainable future.
Essentially we are transforming our meaningful travel experiences into inspirational and eye-opening stories that will prompt people from all walks of life to think critically about our human impacts. If you support a world where growth is measured by well-being and not Gross Domestic Product, a world where our lifestyles, communities, companies, and governments are shaped by intelligent foresight, a world where we truly recognize how deeply we affect one another on a global scale, then please support Interwoven.
You are helping to fund the research, resources, and travel needed to design a multi-media project that will be distributed for free. If we exceed our goal, all further funding will be donated to the RACI project, a non-profit deeply intwined with the sustainable development of social entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Thailand.
So, who exactly are we?
Altaire is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia with a BA the subjects of Anthropology and Global Sustainability. Currently a student at the Institute of Development Studies, she is earning her MA in “Environment, Development, and Policy.” She strongly believes that climate change is a social justice movement as much as a scientific one, and is concerned with the consequences of failing to safeguard cultural plurality or the environment. She has interned for the Worldwide Fund for Nature, was recently published on Ecology.com and National Geographic News Watch for an article on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and is also a contributor for the online environmental-anthropology magazine Izilwane. She is specifically interested in the ways anthropology can provide clarity and depth to the sustainable development discourse.
Justin is a student at James Madison University in his own major, "Creative Advocacy", attempting to bridge the gap between academia and the general public to provide an alternative from the doom and gloom outlook of typical media sources through artistic mediums. He passionately believes art of every variety has the power to transcend social boundaries and offer unique opportunities for artists and academics to work together, creating new forms of activism, engagement, and exposure. Justin has travelled extensively throughout North America and Europe, managed several businesses, and is currently focusing his artistic energy on photography and mixed media sculptures.
In the fall of 2009, Justin and Altaire began assisting refugee artisans residing in Charlottesville, Virginia to sell their work at local craft fairs. Inspired by the creativity of craftwork, they founded an all-natural soap making business – a project in environmental advocacy and design. The soap became a popular addition to markets, stores, and weddings in Virginia. Shortly thereafter, they organized a Eurail trip and traveled through nine countries in 30 days, a journey that stimulated them to document all future travels in meaningful ways. They have participated in community workshops regarding racism and social justice, collaborated on mixed media art projects, and worked together to foster their own personal, sustainable lifestyles.
We have saved up half of our total travel expenses, and need to raise funds for the remaining half. This includes a plane ticket and room and board for a month for one individual throughout the islands of Indonesia. The budget also includes the price of printing the books that will be used to promote the project overall and hopefully lead to the official publication of the book in some form.
A smaller portion of the budget pays for the gifts our pledgers receive as well as the 5% charge we incur from KickStarter if our project meets its funding deadline. Amazon payments subsequently takes an additional 3-5% of each credit card charged. Although it raised the price of our official goal, we had to calculate such fees into the budget in order to sustain Interwoven.
Like we state farther up on the page, any dollar amount we receive once we meet the project goal of 6K will go to our host organization -- RACI.
Indonesia, Bali especially, is known for the skill and craftsmanship that goes into artisan work. Such items are made by hand and any gift you receive will have been sourced sustainably. You can expect a small hard-carved or hand-woven item such as a figurine, small tapestry, or piece of jewelry, imbued with our love and humble gratitude.
By donating any amount of money to our KickStarter project above $10, your name will be featured in the Thank You section of our final product: the book. You will also receive a specialized thank you on your Facebook wall, our website, and a mention in Altaire’s Masters thesis in the summer of 2013 -- a copy of which you are welcome to receive upon its completion.
See our blog post about this very topic, here: http://interwovenworld.com/blog/13491998/whycare
In a nut shell:
Indonesia is home to 10 percent of all flowering plant species, 12 percent of all mammal species, 17 percent of bird species, and 25 percent of the world’s species of fish. The archipelago is as rich with biodiversity as it is cultural diversity: there are more than 700 languages and 300 ethnic groups. This makes it an important region in terms of advocacy.
Also, general perceptions of Bali mark it as an island paradise that is timeless and separate from civilization. We want to paint a different picture of interconnectedness and transition.
We will know our itinerary as soon as we reach our funding goal. It is being coordinated by a non-profit that specializes in how sustainable development initiatives can be applied to various socio-cultural projects. If we are fortunate enough to receive enough pledges to travel abroad, you can view our itinerary by traveling to our official website [http://interwovenworld.com/] and clicking, "Take a Glimpse" and scrolling down to "Our Itinerary."
Our stop motion film was created with the idea of depicting multiple people and animals from various parts of the world tag teaming each other on a global journey to realize our interconnectivity. As you may have noticed, the landscapes don't quite match the subjects. We did this on purpose to show that our impacts exceed our immediate surroundings and that we may be more connected to distant parts of the world and distant peoples in ways that don't meet the eye. If you are curious, the video, which is 1 minute in length, required 172 photographs and took 8 hours to film. The soundtrack was selected from a track off of Mirror Kisses' new album which will be released in June 2012. They are an extremely talented New Wave/Dance band duo from Harrisonburg, VA and you can learn more about their carnal, shimmering beats at http://www.mirrorkisses.com/.
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