What is The INSIGHT Project?
The INSIGHT Project is a documentary webseries providing a deeper look at people who followed their passions, brought ideas to life, and are pushing their communities forward in creative new ways. Our focus is to use the stories, insights and advice from these real-life catalysts to inspire and equip you to bring your own ideas to life.
Why did you start this?
At the heart of our own "quarter-life crisis," we were looking for more answers, so we set out to find the people who seemed to have it figured out- the passionate, creative people who were doing things differently. We wanted to hear the real story about why and how they achieved all that they have.
We believe these stories can be catalysts to change our generation’s story. We hope they encourage people to step out of their boxes and carve their own paths. At the very least, we hope they help bring inspiration, clarity, and provide that little push.
Whose stories are you telling?
entrepreneurs, teachers, politicians, community organizers – we have a diverse group
of pioneers in every field. These are the people who have the courage to bring
their ideas to life, who exude passion from what they do, and who are working
hard in their communities to create new spaces and lead new movements. You can
check out the full list, including links to the work they do, here.
We chose a diverse crew of game-changers so that there would be something for everyone in these stories. And, if your journey is anything like ours, just who and what inspires you may surprise you.
What stories are you telling?
Our game-changers have all been incredibly open in sharing their stories. They reveal the journey it took to get to where they are today, the unique insights they’ve gleaned along the way, and their advice to people who want to follow a similar path.
These are stories of long-held dreams and the determination it took to realize them. These are stories of dark lows, heart-bursting highs, and unexpected twists. These are stories of resilience, re-education, and re-invention.
Why do you need my help?
We’ve been self-funded since we started this journey nine months ago, and we can’t do it alone anymore. We need this extra kick to bring The INSIGHT Project series to life!
Our $20,000 target will help cover post-production of all the videos (editing, sound, music, etc.), hard production expenses covered to date (equipment, crew costs, fees, etc.), and creating the website to host the videos.
If we hit our target, we’ll have the first round of these videos life in early 2013.
What’s in it for me?
You saw the stats above: your support is your stake in the ground saying our generation needs these stories, now more than ever.
In return for your support, we’ll put your name on the “Community Builders” page on The INSIGHT Project platform. From launch party tickets to personal portrait and video sessions, we’ve also got a bunch of other perks – check them out on the right.
What happens if you don’t make your goal?
If you haven’t invested through Kickstarter before, here’s how it works: If we don’t raise the full $20,000, we get nothing. Nada. Zip. This protects your investment. You’ll only be charged if enough of a community also believes in bringing this project to life. So yes, your $10 really does mean a lot!
And, so does your share, on Facebook, Twitter, email, and in person. All we have is our community: the people who believe in what we’re doing, what our game-changers are doing, and why we’re all doing it.
What happens next?
If we hit our target, we’ll roll out the first series of stories in January 2013. And if The INSIGHT Project is a hit – we’ll continue to tell more stories, in more places, and roll out new types of content, including premium virtual workshops from our game-changers. But first and foremost – we want you to hear their stories. That’s why we’re here.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
A funny thing has happened along this journey… through these stories, we have found our own. And we have a sneaking suspicion these stories may just do the same for you.
So thank you, from the very depths of our hearts. Your support means the world to us, and we can't wait to share these stories with you!
All the love,
P.S. Still curious? Here’s what some of our game-changers have have said about The INSIGHT Project:
“It’s a really genuine project. It’s coming from a place of realization of the founders’ desire for these kinds of stories for themselves, but then that connects to the entire globe of young people who also are not set up in structures or societies where they’re given access to mentors that might help enable their stories and their future. This can be a real game-changer itself. It’s a platform for everyone to learn from.” - Che Kothari, photographer and founder of Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture
“I can tell my story exactly the way I want to tell it. It allows me to tell the emotional side, not the “marketable” one. This project allows people to tap into their own dreams by watching other people’s dreams unfold.” – Matt Basile, Creator of Fidel Gastro’s
“The INSIGHT Project isn’t just about the ‘what.’ It’s the why. And to me, that’s most important. That’s what keeps me going.” – Gabrielle Scrimshaw, Co-Founder and President of The Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada
"This project is important because it’s about storytelling, and documentaries are very powerful medium in getting the messages across. The fact that The INSIGHT Project is giving us a forum to tell those stories and share those ideas and passions is a very valuable gift." – Kristyn Wong-Tam, City Councillor, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Risks and challenges
Honestly, when we started this journey, we barely had a plan. Nine months later though, we’re confident in our direction and abilities. We’ve poured our hearts, minds, and sweat into building The INSIGHT Project for you, and have surrounded ourselves with an incredible team of experts in their field to make this as robust as possible. We’re wrapping production, ready for post-production, and beginning development of the platform. So, with this support to pay those brilliant minds, we’ll be able to bring the platform we’ve envisioned to life in early 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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