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Find the Global Lives Project at UC Berkeley’s 2018 Cal Day!

Founded in 2004, the Global Lives Project serves as a video library of life experiences across more than 17 countries. The project explores the diversity of human experience through uncut video footage and encourages discussion, reflection, and inquiry about the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions on this planet. Ultimately, Global Lives seeks to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding.

Today, the Global Lives Project showcases 24 hours in the daily life of 20 people from 17 countries around the world ranging from a college student in Tokyo and a traveling clown in Spain to a sand barge worker living in Vietnam. These exhibits display raw footage from the various shoots as they go about 24 consecutive hours in their lives.

To learn more about this project, come see our video installation at the CITRIS Tech Museum on Cal Day, April 21, 2018. The CITRIS and the Banatao Institute’s Tech Museum in Sutardja Dai Hall will be open for self-guided tours of the Global Lives Project with free admissionTo delve deeper into this discussion, visit at noon to meet, Global Lives founder and executive director, David Evan Harris. He will be on hand to reflect and engage in conversation about the range of cultures, ethnicities, languages and religions in the modern world. Event details are listed below:


Date: April 21, 2018

Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: 345 The Tech Museum Sutardja Dai Hall

The Global Lives Project exhibit is also on display at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and is coming to the Haas School of Business’s Cafe Think this summer 2018.

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The Global Lives Project: A Platform for Building Empathy & Connection (RSVP Berkman Klein Luncheon Series)

Pictured Above: Founder & Executive Producer David Evan Harris and Video Production Lead Naomi Ture 


David Evan Harris, Global Lives Project Founder, will speak about the evolution of the project, and its ambitious goal of connecting the diverse experiences of humanity around the globe, and building empathy. RSVP required to attend in person.

Event Details: 

Harvard Law School campus
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A
(Room 2019, Second Floor)
Event will be live webcast on this page at 12:00 pm

About the Project 

The Global Lives Project presents 24-hour-long videos of daily lives of individuals from around the world both online and through in-person exhibits. This 15-year project is an online and real-world collaboration between thousands of filmmakers, photographers, translators and everyday people from around the world.

The project’s latest exhibit, Lives in Transit, showcases unedited footage of the daily lives of transportation workers from around the world, including Vietnam, Nepal, Turkey, China, India, South Korea, Colombia, Spain and Canada. The exhibit premiered at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival, and previously showed at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the CITRIS Tech Museum, and will show later this year at the Smithsonian.

About David

David Evan Harris is Founder and Executive Director of the Global Lives Project, Chancellor’s Public Scholar at UC Berkeley, and Research Director at the Institute for the Future. David is a cross-disciplinary mediamaker, working at the intersection of art, activism and academic inquiry on the politically charged questions surrounding globalization and social justice.

David wrote and directed newscasts for CurrentTV; and penned articles and shot photos for the BBC, the Guardian, Adbusters, Focus on the Global South, AlterNet, and Grist. He has spoken publicly about his work to audiences at the Smithsonian, UC Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, United Nations University, Apple, Google, Adobe, and numerous other venues around the world. He speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. David founded the Global Lives Project in 2004 and holds a BA in the political economy of development and environment, with a minor in forest science, from UC Berkeley and an MS in sociology from the University of São Paulo.


The exhibit is on display at the Harvard Science Center through March 2018.

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Lives in Transit at Harvard (Spring 2018)

Inside the Harvard Science Center is where you can find the Global Lives Project Lives in Transit series of the exhibit


Lives in Transit, a collection of raw footage from the lives of individuals around the world, is now on display in Cambridge at the Harvard Science Center! The Berkman Klein Center at Harvard functions to explore the relationship between internet and civic activity and use internet technologies to connect, teach, learn, and make information accessible. Similarly, Global Lives Project is designed to cultivate empathy across cultures, build bridges and foster connections among diverse communities via trans-media methods.

In today’s world, the range of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions is so incredibly diverse, however we often dismiss the importance of understanding different cultures and lives beyond our local community.

Through the efforts of UC Berkeley alumnus and Center for Social Sector Leadership professor David Evan Harris as well as the loose-knit network of volunteers around the globe, the Global Lives Project serves to foster this sense of global empathy and cross-cultural understanding. The unusual transparency of Global Lives allows viewers to reflect upon the larger world with an invitation to spark discussion and inquiry.

Exhibition & Reception         

The exhibit was on display at the Harvard Science Center until March 2018.

Building Hours

The Science Center is open Monday through Sunday from 6am to 11:30pm. Harvard IDs are required to access to the building after hours. After 5:00pm on weekdays and during weekends, departmental access is limited to Harvard ID holders and others with proper authorization.

Related Events: 

Lunch with Founder and Executive Director David Harris 

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Global Lives Project Talk at the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Global Lives Project is a collaborative film production and exhibition program intended to build a video library of life experience. In this event, Global Lives founder David Evan Harris, filmmakers Naomi Ture and Daniel Chein, and webmaster Benn “Shishin Junsei” Meyers present clips and offer their perspectives on the project at the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive. A Q&A session and refreshments follow.

For more information about this event, click here.

Check out a trailer for the Lives in Transit Series here:

David Evan Harris, chancellor’s public scholar at UC Berkeley and research director at the Institute for the Future, founded the Global Lives Project in 2004. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian, United Nations University, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and dozens of other venues around the world. Harris’s research and teaching focus on topics including art, activism, inequality, and media.

Naomi Ture is a filmmaker, creative director, and media producer who seeks to empower global connections. She has created film and media projects for Warner Brothers, NBC, Global Lives Project, the Exploratorium, and numerous tech and mission-driven organizations.

Daniel Chein is an Oakland-based filmmaker and a recipient of the Princess Grace Film Award. His most recent film, Basha Man, won the Student Film Award at CAAMFest2017. Daniel is an associate producer at Walking Iris Media, and is currently completing his MFA in cinema at San Francisco State University.

Shishin Junsei, né Benjamin Meyers, has been a web developer since 2005, and has been focusing recently on empathetic endeavors both in his work online and as a Buddhist priest.

On October 4, the Global Lives Project launched a campus-wide, site-specific video installation which will evolve over the course of the 2017-18 school year. The exhibit will showcase 24 hours in the daily life of 20 people from 17 countries around the world. Exhibit locations include the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, CITRIS Tech Museum (Sutardja Dai Hall), the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and the Haas School of Business.  Exhibition dates for each location follow below:
• CITRIS and the Banatao Institute: October 4, 2017 through May 31, 2018
• BAMPFA: October 24 through December 29, 2017
• Hearst Museum of Anthropology: October 24, 2017 through January 31, 2018
• Haas School of Business: Spring/Summer 2018 (Dates TBA)

This exhibit is supported by the CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative, the David Eckles Fund for Diversity and Social Impact, the Haas School of Business’ Center for Social Sector Leadership, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Adobe Foundation.

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Global Lives Exhibit at New York Film Festival – Lincoln Center

From the New York Film Festival pamphlet:

The San Francisco–based Global Lives Project produces long-form documentaries that capture the rich diversity of human experience and engender cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Each 24-hour film provides a window onto a single day in the life of its subject. This latest iteration of the project, Lives in Transit, focuses on ten individuals who in their own ways are responsible for moving people and products throughout the world. Presented as a large-scale video installation, Lives in Transit is more than an exploration of ten unique people—it is a dynamic ground-level examination of our hyper-connected world.

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Global Lives Project is coming to San Francisco State University!

Global Lives Project is Proud to announce a new collaboration! We will be presenting 20 videos from 17 countries over the course of three weeks at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University. 

Our films feature 24 hours of unedited footage of the day in the life of people from countries such as Brazil, Malawi, Colombia, Korea, Nepal, Indonesia, Spain and more! 

Be sure to join us for our exhibit’s opening reception on Thursday October 23 from 5-8PM.  Come celebrate Global Lives, have some delicious food, raise a glass and hear Executive Director, David Evan Harris, speak about the making of Global Lives! 

cesar chavez art gallery photo 

Find out more on Global Lives Facebook Page.

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Global Lives is coming to the Media Arts Center @ Palo Alto High School!


Come join the Global Lives Project to celebrate the grand opening of the Media Arts Center at Palo Alto High School on October 17. We will be featuring the lives of seventeen people on twenty screens throughout the media center, running continuously for 24 hours. Come view never before seen footage from our latest collection called Lives in Transit. Come out for an evening of food, drink and film and learn about Global Lives’ latest projects! Like us on our Facebook page See you on October 17!

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Global Lives and OneBeatSF Event @ Public Works on October 15!

We are happy to announce it’s time for another amazing Global Wednesday event! On 10/15 at Public Works, we are teaming with Found Sound Nation to present OneBeatSF: a unique music-media event. This collaboration will feature live performances by artists and musicians from around the globe, DJ sets, and Global Lives Project video installations of never before seen Lives in Transit footage.

$10 Donation at the door, cash bar and dancing! Come out and party for a great cause!
Spread the word and RSVP on Facebook.


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On the Future of Language with Global Lives and Long Now

“The limits of my language are the limits of my mind. All I know is what I have words for.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

On the Future of Language with Long Now and Global Lives

Experts estimate that a language disappears every 14 days. At this rate, 90 percent of the world’s languages will no longer be spoken by the end of this century, and over 7000 languages will have fallen silent and with them vast knowledge and rich cultural heritage will be lost.

Linguistic diversity and biodiversity are closely linked and both are declining at unprecedented rates. Increased awareness of the problem has led to new efforts to document and preserve these languages and cultures.  David Evan Harris (Executive Director of Global Lives) and Long Now Foundation’s Dr. Laura Welcher (Director of the Rosetta Project) present a special program about Endangered Languages with very special guest Mandana Seyfeddinipur (SOAS, University of London) for this Interval salon talk:


July 22, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – On the Future of Language with Long Now and Global Lives

Special guest Mandana Seyfeddinipur, one of the foremost experts working to save endangered languages in her role at the The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at the SOAS, University of London, joins Long Now’s Laura Welcher and Global Lives’ David Evan Harris to talk about the importance of documenting and sustaining these languages and how the Global Lives / Global Voices project hopes to be part of the effort.

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Seeing Asia {Global Wednesday} FREE happy hour, music & panel

How do we see Asia? Join us for an exploration of the ways in which film and media shape our understanding of Asia and Asian culture, both in the US and globally. A panel discussion will feature leading journalists and filmmakers who bring their diverse perspectives to this complex topic. This event is a collaboration of the Asia Society Northern California Young Professional’s Group and the Global Lives Project.

The panel will be presented against the backdrop of a Global Lives Project 12-screen video installation featuring video of daily life in Kazakhstan, Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, South Korea, Vietnam, Nepal and Turkey. Complete the experience with pop-up asian cuisine for dinner, cash bar and live music.

5:00 to 6:30pm – Happy hour & live Balinese Flute performance by Ken Worthy on Suling

6:30 to 7:30pm – Panel Discussion

7:00 to 9:00pm – Food, Music and Networking

This is a 21+ event. Drinks available for purchase at a cash bar.


Mary Kay Magistad, (moderator) former East Asia correspondent, The World
Masashi Niwano, Festival & Exhibitions Director, Center for Asian American Media

Naomi Ture, filmmaker, Global Lives Project

More panelists soon!


This event is part of Global Wednesdays, a Global Lives Project initiative designed to spark discussions about global citizenship, new media, and film education. Global Wednesdays are set against the backdrop of immersive, multi-screen video installations that showcase footage from the daily lives of individuals around the world.


Photos by David Harris (top: Folsom Street Foundry) & Antonius Riva Setiawan (bottom: Global Lives shoot in Sarimukti Village, Indonesia)
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