The Being of a Nation
"How do you want to BE in this world?"
Interviews from 48 states
In 2017 Kïrsten Blake of Chapter BE, along with her dog, Harriet Ethel, the brave and beloved BE mascot, traveled to all 48 continental United States and asked 380 strangers: “How do you want to BE in this world?”
Kïrsten and Harriet drove a total of 15,887 miles over the course of 90 days, July 15 through October 16, and stayed with family, friends, and friends-of-friends along the way. Beginning the trip in Santa Fe, NM and ending in Denver, CO, Chapter BE’s approach was simple – scope the city and crowdsource the best places to set up. Then, throw open the back doors of Beatrice, the BE Mobile, and invite strangers in to talk.
The Being of a Nation collected stories of courage, curiosity, empathy, love, positivity, and so much more. Stories are how people connect with one another, with their environment, and with themselves. Chapter BE wants to share these stories of BEing from across the nation with the aim to inspire individuals to share their story as well as connect to someone else’s BE story.
Below you will find stories of BEing from different individuals across our country. As you listen to these stories, note that these are raw, on-the-street interviews that capture the storyteller’s environment – general background noise, animals, cars, others passing by. Close your eyes and picture their environment as you listen in…
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
“ I think if more people were open there would be a lot less loneliness even if you don't have more friends, necessarily...I think the most beautiful things in life happen outside of your comfort zone, and I think it's important that everyone experiences things outside of their comfort zone.”
“...being open allows you to see so much more and I think experience so much more. To me, that's the richness of life, being able to experience a lot of things.”
“I would just say to really take a step back and really get a good understanding of where that person is coming from and the experiences that they have had...Understand how they formed their decision going forward, and really understand where they are coming from, and walk a little bit in their shoes. I think just mutual human understanding is probably the most important thing.”
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