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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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Global Wednesdays – Maker Cities Edition

What would your city look like if everyone had a do-it-yourself maker mindset?

Find out at Global Wednesday – Maker Cities edition!

The Institute for the Future and the Global Lives Project invite you to a celebration of Maker Cities and urban innovation at San Francisco’s Folsom Street Foundry surrounded by videos of Global Lives’ newest exhibition, Lives in Transit and demos of the Maker Cities game.

A maker city is a place where citizens come up with solutions to urban challenges—and do something about it. In a maker city, residents create energy while exercising at the local gym or help make decisions with micro-voting platforms. Grab a drink and share your ideas for urban creativity and civic engagement!




Institute for the Future is a nonprofit research group based in Palo Alto, California, whose mission is to encourage and equip individuals, organizations, and communities with tools to think systematically about the future. As an early prototype of an online multimedia conversation platform for global makers, IFTF’s Technology Horizons program developed a lightweight crowdsourcing site, Maker Cities, that asks the public, “How will your city be a Maker City in 2025?” Built with repurposed open-source software originally designed for post-disaster mapping, Maker Cities is the first such platform to quickly capture makers’ on-the-ground signals and future visions for more participatory Maker Cities. Play the game at!

Join us April 16th at The Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom St.


5pm – 6:30pm: Happy Hour & Maker Cities game demos.

6:30 – 7:15pm: Panel Discussion – Speaker TBC

7:15 – 9:00pm: More drinking & game demos!

The event will be part of Global Wednesdays, a Global Lives Project initiative intended to spark discussions about global citizenship, new media, and film education. Global Wednesdays take place at the historic Folsom Street Foundry, set against the backdrop of an immersive, multi-screen video installation that showcases footage from the daily lives of individuals around the world.


Please note that this is a 21+ event. Drinks will be available for purchase at a cash bar.

About co-sponsorships:

If you are interested in becoming a co-sponsor or community partner for this event, please contact

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