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From an email my friend sent me:

Hi, I don't normally use my lists to promote things, but this is worth having a look; reality TV of a different order,  Eion Bailey and his collaborators are film makers, documentarians and activists, trying to make a difference in the world. I met them last summer at the Convergence conference in Iquitos, where I learned about their rather amazing project.  The concept is unique and original; identify a community with a need (e.g., a school, a sanitation system, etc.), put together a group of multitalented folks with requisite skills, and work in collaboration with the community to address and solve the problem, within 10 days! Make a documentary of the project, and that becomes the 'episode' in the series.  I was blown away by their pilot film, with a community in the mountains around the Urubamba valley in Peru.  Now they are on the cusp of selling the program to a major network, and they need our help, both to sell it and to continue this important work. This is reality TV, alright, but of a completely different order than what we associate with that term; self-indulgent, self-preoccupied clueless gringos pretending to rough it in some third world venue.  This project is 180 degrees from that, really very inspiring and moving. Look at the web  site, watch the movie, and let your friends know about it. These folks are being the change we want to see in the world!

Imagine This! TV

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by marco on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 05:40:38 PM EST
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That is real goose-bumps stuff. Thanks.

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by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 08:51:22 PM EST
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siegestate: That is real goose-bumps stuff.

Yeah, me too.  I'm real curious to see exactly how effective these projects were, and what kind of impact they will leave on the people they are meant to help.

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by marco on Thu May 28th, 2009 at 08:57:56 PM EST
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Good pilot. I've seen other (less professional) videos like this, where the tendency was to focus more on the experience of the nice white folks who are going to some exotic location to do good, and less on the experience of local children and their families. I hope the full documentary will balance that out.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 02:40:41 AM EST
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afew: where the tendency was to focus more on the experience of the nice white folks who are going to some exotic location to do good, and less on the experience of local children and their families.

My worry as well.

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by marco on Fri May 29th, 2009 at 08:19:34 AM EST
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