new bloggers, new interviews, new novel
Hey guys! It’s been a while since we used Kickstarter’s message blast, but we’ve got news.
The Understanding Campaign has been busy finding international bloggers and columnists to work together... Read more
Eric Robert Parnes and the Understanding Campaign
Eric Robert Parnes ( http://www.ericrobertparnes.com/ ) created a Farsi version of Fhm for us and used it in a recent piece of his. We are beyond delighted to have him... Read more
Understanding animation by Luca Dipierro
We are honored to have artist and writer Luca Dipierro contributing to the Understanding Campaign.
View more of Luca’s work here: http://www.lucadipierro.com
ordering info for t-shirts
Just another big thanks to all of you who pledged and made the Understanding Campaign flourish in the past month and a half. We can’t wait to get all this... Read more
only hours left to go
Today is the last day to support the Understanding Campaign!
Thank you to Jamie, Anna, Mags, Erin, Steve, Mimi, and Gabe at Threespot – to all the artists, Dan, Aaron,... Read more
Arabic Class at Florida State University
Thank you Mireille Rebeiz and her Arabic Class at Florida State University for sending in this great photo! We have a little more than 1 day left! All extra funds... Read more
Understanding Campaign in Ode Magazine
From the article:
"As words and experiences go, I’d say understanding will go a long way toward peace."
New $19 pledge!
New $19 pledge! You get a t-shirt of your choice AND the letter-pressed print. And a secret, limited edition prize. WHAT? Kinda crazy. Only 100 of these are available. Any... Read more
Any extra money will go towards Haneen’s first trip to the US
We did it, guys! Unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who pledged, everyone who contributed just a little more today, and all the amazing friends who were with us from day... Read more
Haneen interviewed on HTML Giant
HTML G: How much do you understand the culture of the US?
Haneen: My understanding of the U.S mostly comes from Hollywood, I’ve watched tons of movies since I was... Read more
Understanding by Tai Turner
Happy Halloween, guys! Tai Turner designed this pretty inventive Fhm (Understanding), and we obviously love it. Only four more days to meet our all-or-nothing goal!
Understanding Campaign interview on Joey Parker’s news site
Understanding Campaign did a quick interview on Joey Parker’s philanthropic news site:
DAYS LEFT IN OUR ALL-OR-NOTHING KICKSTARTER! PLEDGE TODAY, GUYS!
Buttons, stickers, and t-shirts (explained)
More than a few people have emailed asking about t-shirt sizes and how to choose their favorite Fhm (Understanding) design. If the Kickstarter goal is reached (8 days until the... Read more
Hanan in Amman found the Understanding Campaign some new friends
Thank you Hanan, you’ve been such an enthusiastic supporter to our campaign, and we appreciate all the work you’ve done for us!
Community Play School Joins the Understanding Campaign
Is it ever too early to plant the seeds of empathy? Child development experts say that children are unable to internalize the concept before the age of 4, but early... Read more
Yoko Ono tweeted us
We’re pretty excited to have the legendary artist Yoko Ono tweet the Understanding Campaign http://www.twitter.com/yokoono – she’s kind of the coolest ambassador of peace and understanding around. She’s kind of... Read more
HEY! It’s super UC video day!
Check out all the amazing videos people have been making from all over the US. Thank you to Linda Franklin, Tai Turner, Carolyn and Mike! We love you guys!
HERE!... Read more
Iraqi Student Project fundraiser Saturday – Baltimore
Our good friends at the Iraqi Student Project are having a fundraiser this Saturday the 23rd. For $10 you get to see four amazing bands and meet members of the... Read more
James Zogby fights to spread Understanding (Fhm) every day.
James Zogby, head of the Arab American Institute, fights to spread Understanding (Fhm) every day.
"...A few days later, Queen Noor of Jordan rings up. Asked what... Read more
2 weeks to go and we NEED your help
The Understanding Campaign has 2 weeks to go on Kickstarter and we really need your help spreading the word and generating pledges. We will cease to exist if we don’t... Read more
Justin and Haneen on The Marc Steiner Show
From the website:
We're joined by Haneen Alshujairy, who fled her home in Iraq with her family in 2003, and Justin Sirois, a writer living here in Baltimore. They are... Read more
William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman endorse the Understanding Campaign
The Understanding Campaign is honored to announce that William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have endorsed our efforts. It’s one thing to get a celebrity endorsement, and it’s another to... Read more
Haneen Alshujairy interviewed on Outside Writers
Read Haneen’s first solo interview on Outside Writers.
NK: Like a ton of other independent art projects, the Campaign is funded largely by contributions through Kickstarter. What is the goal... Read more
Kate Wyer’s understanding of the Understanding Campaign
Let’s talk about language. I was interested in Justin and Haneen’s choice of the word “understanding.” For those that don’t know, the Understanding Campaign asks that everyone learn the word... Read more
Gary Kachadourian’s BIC pen Understanding
In making the drawings I chose to use a blue ink BIC ballpoint pen and spiral bond wide ruled paper, a process I’ve been using since at least junior high... Read more
“Ke-Bin Teacher, we need this for North Korea.”
Teaching a foreign language (English), in a foreign language (English), in a foreign country (South Korea), means my need for understanding is dramatically apparent every day. One of the best... Read more
Designer Masato Nakada’s Fhm (Understanding)
The Understanding Campaign is receiving contributions from all over the nation. Here’s one of our favorites.
Masato Nakada was born in Toyota-City, Japan in 1983. He stepped out of the... Read more
Artist/writer Adam Good re-combines the Understanding Campaign
We’re pretty dang excited to have Adam Good offering up his interdisciplinary services to the Understanding Campaign’s lineup of Kickstarter incentives. Here’s what he’s going to do:
The... Read more
Urbanite Mag calls the Understanding Campaign “... [a] big-hearted and ingenuous Web-based campaign.”
“This human connection was the alchemy by which Sirois and Alshujairy began to make meaning of their separate lives brought together by the conflict in Iraq. Such a relationship begins... Read more
Kamrooz Aram’s drawing for the Understanding Campaign
Our good friend Kamrooz created this drawing for the higher-level pledge incentives. We couldn’t be happier. A man and a woman share a breath, Fhm (fuh-hem’). That sums up our... Read more
Proof that the Understanding Campaign is vital
It looks like the Understanding Campaign has its first official hater. It was bound to happen. This is America after all. We are not encouraging you to post a comment... Read more
Aaron Draplin posted something awesome about the Understanding Campaign
Guest designer Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. says,
"I like this. There’s something to it. Grassroots energy, that can generate some good dialogue in such a tricky world, and,... Read more
WYPR (NPR) interview with Justin and Haneen – speaking for the first time ever on the phone
No kidding. After almost three years of knowing each other, after collaborating on two books and the Understanding Campaign, Justin and Haneen talk on the phone for the first time.... Read more
Understanding Campaign gets Best of Baltimore!
Local writer/designer Justin Sirois and Egypt-based Iraqi refugee Haneen Alshujairy previously collaborated on the novel Falcons on the Floor. Since the beginning of this year they have been... Read more
Threespot celebrates the launch of the new website
Today, Threespot is celebrating the official launch of the Understanding Campaign website and Kickstarter project!
At our morning company meeting, the Threespot UC team shared the video we shot and... Read more
Guest artists and designers
We are super excited to have some talented designers and artists helping to spread the word. Our incentives feature work by Aaron Draplin, Post Typography, and Squidfire as well as... Read more