This blog is a vehicle for sharing Project Zero’s exciting collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek who has embarked on an epic seven-year walk around the world. His incredible Out of Eden Walk is sponsored by National Geographic who are publishing his walk-related dispatches. Starting in the Rift Valley of Ethiopia and ending at Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of South America, Paul’s route retraces the broad migratory pathways of our early human ancestors. As he walks, Paul Salopek uses our deep past as a sounding board for interpreting contemporary issues and assessing where we have come in our unfolding human story. His foot-level reporting or “slow journalism” aims to connect the dots between local stories and serve as a counterpoint to the fast-paced, 24-hour news media to which we have become accustomed.
Here at Project Zero, based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, we are developing an exciting online learning community to engage middle and high school students from around the world in Paul’s walk and all that it represents. Our new customized website is open to all schools and students, free of charge. Our activities invite students to replicate Paul’s walk within their own neighborhoods, investigate contemporary global issues, reflect on how they as individuals fit into the unfolding story of human history, and consider big questions about the nature of learning today. Students get to share their perspectives and interact with one another. We hope to ignite students’ interest in the wider world and support them to become more informed, thoughtful, and engaged “global citizens.”
The Abundance Foundation generously supports Project Zero’s collaboration with Paul Salopek.