We're setting out to combine athletes' journeys with fans' experiences watching those journeys unfold through a filmed series of candid conversations in and around the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.
This footage will become the seed of a digital collage that we're building for anyone to share their memorable stories from the Games through words, pictures, and video. Our goal is for this collage to become an engaging public space that carries on the Olympic sensation as people vividly recount their experiences together.
Where did 'Survive the Spike' come from?
While organizing a TEDx conference at the University of Michigan, one of the biggest challenges we face is how to sustain the energy of the event. During a team meeting, someone illustrated this challenge on a whiteboard by drawing a line graph with a spike in it, suggesting that this picture is what our event currently feels like compared to people's normal routines. That picture has been our driving motivation for change ever since.
So why the Olympics?
We first learned about the goals of the Olympic Movement during a conversation we had with Apolo Ohno where he drew the parallel between the Movement's high-level goal of having the Games be an example for daily life and our goals for TEDxUofM. We were just finishing up a similar interview series for TEDxUofM and we realized that we could do something similar in London while learning from an incredibly diverse group of people in the process.
We believe that when we communally reflect on our experience by telling stories, the event's influence will live on. Our vision is to grow a community of storytellers who remain connected by recounting their memorable experiences, whether it's from the Olympics or any organized event.
Now – purchase rest of filming equipment, map out filming locations
July 20 – arrive in London
August 14 – depart London
September 1 – start post-production
Without YOU, none of this is possible
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This project popped into our heads late on a Thursday night in the library; your support is now making it a reality, and for that we are forever appreciative.
Thank you for being a part of the journey.
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