In case you are new to this blog, my name is Niccolea Miouo Nance. My best friend Dovid Smith and I will be embarking on a worldwide sailing trip with a departure date of July 1, 2017 (possibly sooner).
We are soliciting participants to be a part of our goal of enriching world community.
Since we are rebooting the project at this time, I figured I would go over some useful information about what we are doing and why. This week I am reposting the written proposal I did back in 2012 when I was first invited to join Dovid on this grand adventure.
What need is being addressed?
In today’s world, there is so much violence and war that anything that could spread positivity is so greatly needed. Even the smallest way to bring people together will do so much towards healing the global society. This is what we hope to achieve.
We have started with ourselves. Dovid is a Jew of European American descent and I am a Christian of African American descent. We met when we were coworkers at a major Fortune 500 company and found that we had much more in common than what would keep us apart so we became the best of friends. We are starting with our own friendship as an example of what can be achieved when the boundaries of differences are overreached.
We are not simply tourists, but people truly interested in the history and people of the places we will visit. We are reaching out now to get to know people in the countries we will be stopping in. We are sharing our experiences with the world wide web in order to reach as many people as possible.
So we are hoping to be another positive thing that will bring people together. We will link all the people following our journey together in a form of unity that has the chance to build worldwide community. The word “Emuna” means “Faith” in Hebrew. This journey is a step out on faith that there are enough people in the world who want to connect in peace to make this possibility a reality.
How will our objective be accomplished?
So in the prior section, we pointed out the need for things to add to peace and understanding on an international level. The need of adding community and unity to humankind internationally is very important so that we can be one step closer to the dream of world peace and cooperation. We suggest that a personal international meet and greet would be a good way to address this need.
Quite simply our goal of unity and community will be accomplished in all of our activities. The very act of two very disparate people traveling together in and of itself is a part of that. Each person who finds us online and chooses to keep track of our journey and via online groups to interact with each other is another step. Every person who meets us at port and shows us (and our youtube and blog audience) their city and country is yet another part of that.
Who? What? How?
With the high goals and aspirations we have for this trip, there are details that we have to address: Who is going to work on this goal? What will we need? How will we measure if we are meeting our objective?
Who is going to work on this goal?
For now, it’s mostly Dovid and me working on this project… each person who “tunes in” and becomes part of the online/virtual crew then becomes a part of the overall process as well.
What equipment and/or facilities will be required?
For now, the boat is the primary facility. We may also stay at hostels to add to the experience and cultural exchange. As for equipment, we will need to have a laptop and high-definition digital camera with video capacity and computer storage so we can be sure to back up all of the blog entries we type up and any of the video we record at sea before hitting port.
How will we measure if we are meeting our objective?
Our objective is community so the measure is how many people we reach. The easiest measurement of reaching is the online presence: views of videos, new follows on Tumblr and twitter, new likes and group members on facebook, the number of messages and thread comments in any online forum. There is also the face to face interaction. Our impact can be measured in the number of people we can actually reach in person. Our hope is to find at least one person in each port who can then bring us to an event where we can experience the local culture and reach even more people.
We truly believe that this journey will be a wonderful way to spread light and peace in the world. These are high and lofty ideals to be sure. The ideals are deeply abstract perhaps, but still very much worth the effort to be a part of a bigger and better world. We hope that you will join us in this pursuit.
You can find The Emuna Endeavor online at the following sites:
FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/TheEmunaEndeavor
TUMBLR – http://emunaendeavor.tumblr.com/
TWITTER – https://twitter.com/EmunaEndeavor
WORDPRESS – https://emunaendeavor.org/
GOOGLE+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EmunaEndeavor
YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqwGBmq4ZZckAcS-s3JSl7A
Thank you for reading this and we look forward to hearing from you!
– Niccolea (nick-cole-yah)
Part of my dream of what EE can be as a non-profit is also to add to tolerance and diversity education worldwide.
I imagine a start for this would be awareness actions like booths at events where we get people to add their definition of tolerance to a global conversation and we ask people to “pay it forward” by doing random acts of kindness and sharing it with us so we know if we are making any kind of difference in the world. Think globally; act locally.
Not included in the original 2012 version was the fact that Dovid and I are going to be historical firsts! I think this is a very important aspect of why this trip is so important.