My IFTF colleague, David Evan Harris, together with the international collective he has catalyzed, is helping lessen global polarization in the next decade–religious & otherwise–through the Global Lives Project.

Here is an overview of their work:

Framed by the arc of the day and conveyed through the intimacy of video, we have slowly and faithfully captured 24 continuous hours in the lives of 10 people from around the world.  They are screened here in their own right, but also in relation to one another.

There is no narrative other than that which is found in the composition of everyday life, no overt interpretations other than that which you may bring to it.

For example, consider this ethnographic video portrait of Dadah from Indonesia. Even from this 5 minute excerpt, you can see how her practice of faith connects to  her sleeping, eating, and daily work.

If religious polarization is correlated with a lack of exposure to people from different perspectives, then the Global Lives Project truly has the potential to change the world for the better.

The beauty of the Global Lives Project is that it not only allows you to see a full 24 hour time period in the life of an individual, but it also puts that individual’s life in conversation with 10 others by playing them simultaneously.

Imagine a display like this where you can immerse yourself in multiple dimensions of others’ unfiltered lives.

Jason J Price via Flickr

If you live in the Bay Area you’re lucky that you can see Global Lives in action in just a couple of weeks: