An ambitious challenge in the world of travel, exploration, and storytelling, "Theater of The World," is an extraordinary effort to build the first participatory World Atlas. It will be personally curated by twin activists and journalists Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, on their journey to every country in the world. The twins hope to create a resource which inspires and represents our world, brings communities together, and inspires empathy and kindness.
This idea was developed out of the recognition that people are more divided than ever, and this has led to a rise in issues like racism and hate crimes in communities globally. This is partially fuelled by the lack of opportunities people receive to understand other cultures and challenge their preconceived misunderstandings. At the same time, social and digital media tools give us an unprecedented opportunity, if used correctly, to connect people and bridge barriers in a way that has never been possible in history.
Theatre of the World aims to be a solution to the global divisions that exist, by employing the power of digital tools and channeling them as drivers of social good. The Atlas will compile multimedia stories by people around the world in the form of writing, photographs, videos and various art forms pushing creativity and fusing storytelling techniques together to develop a truly global atlas, fit for our times. Through the project, Maryam and Nivaal will bring their unique perspective as storytellers, global citizens and youth leaders to the world stage, by working collectively with people in every country to imagine and create a future we are all included in.
In the process of building this Atlas, several world records will be achieved by Maryam and Nivaal Rehman on their journey:
1. First pair to travel to every country
2. First siblings to travel to every country
3. First twins to travel to every country
4. First Canadians to travel to every country
5. First Pakistanis to travel to every country
6. First Muslim Women to travel to every country
As more people get vaccinated and the world begins to open up again from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage people to travel once again, but in sustainable and more meaningful ways. This trip will use stories to bridge connections between people globally, and demonstrate the importance of sustainable travel practises that are socially and environmentally friendly too. The storytelling tools used along the journey will include videos, photos and writing across social media and online platforms, as well as the final participatory world Atlas.
The first leg of Maryam and Nivaal's trip around the world will begin in Europe in 2022. They will spend their time exploring the various countries, cultures and traditions of Europe while collaborating with people on the ground to highlight their stories and curate the multimedia Atlas. They will following a sustainability checklist and sharing about each step of their journey on social media by reporting on grassroots challenges and local projects to inspire change, sharing innovative videos and photography, and writing about their travels.
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