We Believe in the
Power of Stories

Welcome to the Global Oneness Project. We believe that stories play a powerful role in education. Founded in 2006, as an initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation, we are committed to the exploration of cultural, environmental, and social issues. We house a rich library of free multimedia stories comprised of our award-winning films, photo essays, and articles, accompanied by companion curriculum for teachers.

Our curriculum, available in both English and Spanish, is aligned to National and Common Core Standards and contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning. We aim to connect, through stories, the local human experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability. Through featuring individuals and communities impacted by these issues, our stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes that emphasize our common humanity—identity, diversity, hope, resilience, imagination, adversity, empathy, love, and responsibility. Our lessons facilitate the development of students' critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills.

Each week, we release a new lesson plan. All of our content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.

The Global Oneness Project's films and lessons have been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, TED Ed, and the Smithsonian, among others. Our educational resources are being used in diverse settings, from public to independent schools, nationally and globally.

The Global Oneness Project Team

Cleary Vaughan-Lee Executive Director

Cleary Vaughan-Lee is the Executive Director. She launched the education arm of the organization and has developed more than 50 lesson plans to accompany the Project’s films, photo essays, and articles. She is particularly interested in integrating a humanistic lens with universal values into educational content, asking local to global questions about culture and the environment. A regular contributor to Education Week, PBS, Share My Lesson, and TED Ed, Cleary documents ways digital storytelling can be used in the classroom, highlighting teacher and student voices. She conducts workshops across the country and presents at regional, national, and international conferences.

Destin Layne Block Outreach & Partnerships Director

Destin Layne Block, the Global Oneness Project's Outreach and Partnership Director, has been bridging the worlds of media, advocacy and education for over 15 years, with a special focus on creative communication and cross-sector partnerships. Working with a wide range of philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, Destin has developed and led award-winning programs and technology initiatives for the sustainable food movement, created educational outreach campaigns, and launched global forums addressing the plastic pollution in our oceans.

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee Director of Film Production

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an award-winning filmmaker. His work has been featured on National Geographic, PBS, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, exhibited at The Smithsonian and screened at festivals and theaters worldwide. He has directed numerous acclaimed films including Sanctuaries of Silence, Soleá, Marie’s Dictionary, Isle de Jean Charles, Yukon Kings, Elemental, Barrio de Paz, and What Would it Look Like.

Bethany Ritz Digital Curator

Bethany Ritz is the Digital Curator for the Global Oneness Project. Formerly the associate director for Climate Resolve in Los Angeles, she earned a degree in Creative Writing and Sustainable Development at Columbia University in New York.

Shawn Collins Creative Director

Shawn Collins is the Creative Director for the Global Oneness Project. Previously, Shawn was the lead designer at about.me where he was responsible for product strategy, prototyping, executing design, and gathering feedback from customers. Earlier on, Shawn spent over a decade working with innovative design agencies on a wide variety of client projects from early stage startups to well established international brands.

Adam Loften Filmmaker

Adam Loften is a director, editor, cinematographer, and producer for short documentary films that highlight pressing social and environmental issues. His work has been featured on PBS, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Devin Tellatin Producer

Devin Tellatin is a producer for the Global Oneness Project. Her background is geared towards the global level, striving to leverage non-Western perspectives on social and ecological challenges into mainstream spaces. Devin holds a bachelors degree in Global Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South, and a masters degree in International Affairs from the New School in New York City.
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