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  • Speaking at TEDx Tampa Riverwalk Virtual Tourism as the New Geography ClassLast week I had a wonderful experience.  I was asked to present at the Tampa Riverwalk TEDx Event at the John F Germany Public Library.  In this post I will share some photos and slides from the event and in a few weeks when the recording comes available, I'll return and embed the presentation.  A special thank you goes out to my crew involved in Beautiful Nation Project, especially the dynamic Tonia Lovejoy for helping with putting my talk together.Photos from TEDx Riverwalk EventYou can view all of the photos from the event here on Flickr or just the photos of myself on stage here.Background on My TopicSpeaking ...
    Posted Nov 24, 2014, 2:30 PM by justin b farrow
  • Two Things Time Forgets in One Place In Celebration of Surveying and Street ArtThere are two things which time forgets that have remained up front and center to my work for over 10 years.  The first is the importance of professional land surveyors to society and surveying history to modern day surveyors.  You can see my passion for public awareness in my Land Surveyors United project.  The second thing that is forgotten by time is street art in urban environments.  You may not be able to believe that such a place could exist where the two have ever been intermingled, but you'd be wrong.  To the right is an ironic photograph of a piece of street art that I shot on my last visit to ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2014, 4:11 PM by justin b farrow
  • Project: Australian Wine Tasting Community World's First Wine Tasters Online CommunityWhat's better than drinking a nice bottle of wine with your friends?  Being knowledgeable about the wine you're drinking and sharing it with the world!   This is exactly what is happening over on the Australian Wine Tasting Group (aka AWTG.org).  I figured it was about time to share this terrific new-ish project with you all.  I'm going to briefly tell you about AWTG community which I have been building on the Ning platform, share a few of the exciting features and tell you how to get involved.But before I do, I'd like to tell you why I decided to take on this project.  I do not ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2014, 4:24 PM by justin b farrow
  • Bob Marley Episode of Ras Dave Show Bob Marley Episode of The Ras Dave ShowJust finished listening to the special Bob Marley episode of The Ras Dave Show on Randy's Reggae Radio for the 3rd time since Wednesday. I must say that this is one of my favorites so far.  Many of you who follow reggae music may know about Ras Dave and the Ras Dave Show sponsored by VP Records.   Rare Bob Marley SongsNo where else online will you be able to find some of the rare version of Bob Marley Songs played in this episode.  And don't forget to check out Ras Dave's Lullu Dubs, reggae music for babies! S3,E4 TheRasDaveShow (Bob Marley Episode) by Therasdaveshow on Mixcloud
    Posted Mar 15, 2014, 6:08 PM by LoftnInja UNrealtor
  • RSS Feed Import Possibilities for Ning 3.0 RSS Feeds for Ning 3.0At the present moment, there are two things that Ning Network creators know regarding RSS possibilities on 3.0 platform. Ning 3.0 does not currently have RSS Feed Modules like 2.0Ning framework has Jquery built in.UPDATE:  Ning 3.0 is now equipped with RSS Feed Modules and they are SWEEEET!!!  Post coming soon!And due to the fact that nothing clear has been offered by Ning about whether or not we will have RSS feed import capabilities on Ning 3.0, I have been experimenting with possible other ways to import feeds into Ning 3.0 pages.  And having figured out how to embed Codepens into GSites, i though I ...
    Posted Jun 21, 2014, 2:32 PM by Jaybird Farrow
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Speaking at TEDx Tampa Riverwalk

posted Nov 24, 2014, 2:18 PM by justin b farrow   [ updated Nov 24, 2014, 2:30 PM ]

Virtual Tourism as the New Geography Class

Justin Farrow at TEDx Tampa River Walk
Last week I had a wonderful experience.  I was asked to present at the Tampa Riverwalk TEDx Event at the John F Germany Public Library.  In this post I will share some photos and slides from the event and in a few weeks when the recording comes available, I'll return and embed the presentation.  A special thank you goes out to my crew involved in Beautiful Nation Project, especially the dynamic Tonia Lovejoy for helping with putting my talk together.

Photos from TEDx Riverwalk Event

You can view all of the photos from the event here on Flickr or just the photos of myself on stage here.
Justin Farrow speaking presentation at TEDx Event
Presenter Justin Farrow Virtual Tourism as the New Geography Class
Justin Farrow Speaker TEDx Tampa


Background on My Topic

Speaking at Tampa Bay Riverwalk TEDx Conference on "Virtual Tourism as the New Geography Class" Educators around the globe are moving from “lower-tech” learning environments to “higher tech” learning environments as mobile devices, broadband Internet and satellite coverage become more affordable and accessible. This creates a growing need for professional development, and opportunities to leverage existing technologies of access, among educators internationally.

There are also curricular tensions facing educators globally. As the gap between the technical proficiency levels of educators and their students widens, so does the educators effectiveness as a communicator and mentor. Combine these realities with rapid population growth (‘not enough books, not enough desks’), limits on natural resources (access to clean water, air, food), geopolitical and sociopolitical challenges (civil war, recessions, natural disasters), and GEOSOCIAL NETWORKING becomes a CRITICAL TOOL for educators to not only communicate with each other, but to better communicate with their students.

In an effort to better prepare educators for success, and help them to teach global competence skills, we utilize the core geographic literacy assessment tools of our sponsor nonprofit, Reach the World. In 2003, RTW asked the question, "How do young students learn to draw an accurate map of the world?" The National Geographic Education Foundation funded the research, and RTW partnered with Columbia University Teachers College to conduct the research at public elementary schools in New York City. What we learned is that learning to draw an accurate map of the world requires cognitive development - skills like spatial relations, nesting, scale, size and orientation - and that those skills can be improved upon when a personal connection is made to a geographic location.

Geographic literacy is more than places on a map. It is a deep awareness of the interconnectedness of our world cultures and societies, economics and natural resources. It means conjuring up a mental map in your mind that is both accurate, and empathic. It is the key to effective virtual collaboration and can be taught through geosocial networking.


Two Things Time Forgets in One Place

posted Jul 19, 2014, 3:59 PM by justin b farrow   [ updated Jul 19, 2014, 4:11 PM ]

In Celebration of Surveying and Street Art

Land Surveying Street art photo by Justin Farrow
There are two things which time forgets that have remained up front and center to my work for over 10 years.  The first is the importance of professional land surveyors to society and surveying history to modern day surveyors.  You can see my passion for public awareness in my Land Surveyors United project.  The second thing that is forgotten by time is street art in urban environments.  You may not be able to believe that such a place could exist where the two have ever been intermingled, but you'd be wrong.  To the right is an ironic photograph of a piece of street art that I shot on my last visit to Brooklyn, NY.  This is an interesting piece of street art in Brooklyn, NY featuring what looks to be a surveyors level rod, slightly altered to look like a vertical eye exam.  I found this work to be incredibly relevant to the situation current and future land surveyors face.  The surveying world itself at times fails to recognize the importance of remembering their own history. Many times, I have considered writing a paper explaining the various reasons for why both the public and the professional have forgotten the importance of surveyors to society.

In the following interactive web experiment, I have mashedup an imaginary art gallery, with walls lined with surveying history books and antiquated surveying equipment and tools.  Clicking the foot prints on the floor will take you on a short journey where you will get a chance to see evidence of some magnificent street art images that I have captured during my years of living in New York City.  As I attempt to preserve these historical artifacts, I hope to always be able to convert my findings into something that others who are interested might be able to enjoy.  There are so many philosophical ties between the two, aside from the obvious land ownership aspect to the discussion.  I hope we can be more mindful of what we are destroying for the future, but unfortunately this may never be the case.

Surveying and Street Art Gallery


Project: Australian Wine Tasting Community

posted Jul 18, 2014, 4:19 PM by Jaybird Farrow   [ updated Jul 19, 2014, 4:24 PM by justin b farrow ]

World's First Wine Tasters Online Community

Australian Wine Tasting Community AWTG
What's better than drinking a nice bottle of wine with your friends?  Being knowledgeable about the wine you're drinking and sharing it with the world!   This is exactly what is happening over on the Australian Wine Tasting Group (aka AWTG.org).  I figured it was about time to share this terrific new-ish project with you all.  I'm going to briefly tell you about AWTG community which I have been building on the Ning platform, share a few of the exciting features and tell you how to get involved.

But before I do, I'd like to tell you why I decided to take on this project.  I do not drink a lot of wine myself, so this community development is partly an anthropological exercise but mostly inspired by the passing of one of my best friends on the planet, Shannon Locke.  Shannon was from Australia and loved expressing his knowledge of wine.  Shortly after his abrupt passing I received a call from Big Teddy, a Ning Community Owner who found me through my Ning Help page. His vision and direction for what he wanted his community for wine tasters to look like and feel like were rock solid and so in memory of my late great friend, I decided to start work on it.  Fast forward a few months and you see the world's first community exclusively for the Wine Tasters of the world take form.  If Shannon were around today, he would be uploading photos of bottles everyday and sharing his love for grapes and good wine with the world!  I have packed a lot of love and quite a few uncommon or first-of-their-kind features inside this growing community and I believe that he is smiling down upon it everyday.



If You Like Wine, You're in Good Company!

Members of the Australian Wine Tasting Community are not all from Aussie Country..they are from all around the world!  We have both professional and amateur wine tasters, grape farmers, winery owners, Wine Vendors and More!  If you happen to have a taste for wine, but need to brush up on the terms used for describing the wine you are drinking, we've got you covered.  I have built in a custom Wine Dictionary App which can be accessed from the toolbar on every page of the network.
Wine Dictionary Wine Terminology

This is a great tool for learning more about Wine Terminology, which will obviously make you sound a lot cooler at the next local wine tasting event.


Rate Your Wine Bottles

Let's picture a nice evening with friends.  You're about to open that bottle of wine that you've been saving for a special occasion.  Before you pull that cork, you remember that you can preserve this moment forever by simply snapping a photo of that bottle and uploading it to AWTG Wine Bottle Photos.  But wait, it gets better!  After you've finished the bottle, you can come back and Rate Your Wine Bottle!  You can then search and find other bottles shared by members and rate how those tasted as well!  Just bookmark AWTG.org on your mobile browser and you'll never forget those moments again.
Rate Your Wine Bottles on AWTG


Learn About Wine From the Pros

There are several areas of the community where you can ask questions about wine and get answers from the pros.  One of the best ways to keep up with trends in wine is to brush up inside the Wine Taster's Theatre, where only the best wine related channels from Youtube and Vimeo have been conveniently imported all in one place for you.
Wine Tasters Theatre Wine Videos


Bob Marley Episode of Ras Dave Show

posted Mar 15, 2014, 5:44 PM by LoftnInja UNrealtor   [ updated Mar 15, 2014, 6:08 PM ]

Bob Marley Episode of The Ras Dave Show

The Ras Dave show and Bob Marley songs
Just finished listening to the special Bob Marley episode of The Ras Dave Show on Randy's Reggae Radio for the 3rd time since Wednesday. I must say that this is one of my favorites so far.  Many of you who follow reggae music may know about Ras Dave and the Ras Dave Show sponsored by VP Records.  

Rare Bob Marley Songs

No where else online will you be able to find some of the rare version of Bob Marley Songs played in this episode. 
Bob Marley Songs on The Ras Dave Show

And don't forget to check out Ras Dave's Lullu Dubs, reggae music for babies!

RSS Feed Import Possibilities for Ning 3.0

posted Feb 12, 2014, 4:51 PM by LoftnInja UNrealtor   [ updated Jun 21, 2014, 2:32 PM by Jaybird Farrow ]

RSS Feeds for Ning 3.0

At the present moment, there are two things that Ning Network creators know regarding RSS possibilities on 3.0 platform.
  1. Ning 3.0 does not currently have RSS Feed Modules like 2.0
  2. Ning framework has Jquery built in.
UPDATE:  Ning 3.0 is now equipped with RSS Feed Modules and they are SWEEEET!!!  Post coming soon!
ReRun Codepen in Google Sites
And due to the fact that nothing clear has been offered by Ning about whether or not we will have RSS feed import capabilities on Ning 3.0, I have been experimenting with possible other ways to import feeds into Ning 3.0 pages.  And having figured out how to embed Codepens into GSites, i though I'd share a few of my solutions.  The following pens simultanously loading may cause loading to time out, so if you looking at a pen that will not load, simply click "Re-Run" as shown to the right.

Please Note: I am not saying that Ning 3.0 networks will not eventually get RSS feed functionality.  All I am saying is that there may be more options than you may know for ways to import a RSS feed to a Ning Network Page.   If you need help with your Ning network, let me know.

Jquery Mobile RSS Feed Reader


RSS Feed Pagination Pen


FeedEK RSS Feed Codepen


ZFeed RSS Feed Import Pen


Simple CSS Only Horizontal Accordion Slider

posted Feb 10, 2014, 12:02 PM by LoftnInja UNrealtor   [ updated Feb 15, 2014, 7:51 PM by Jaybird Farrow ]

How to Build a Horizontal Accordian for Ning

simple accordion slider for Ning 3.0 CSS only

Last week a client asked me how difficult it would be to create a simple accordion style slider for featured content on their Ning network.  We ended up going with something different, but the result I came up with is still very useful and easy to implement into your Ning 3.0 Network.  This is what we are creating.



Step One: Add the Following Code to a Text Box


  <form>
    <ul>
      <li>
        <input id="rad1" type="radio" name="rad">
        <label for="rad1">1</label>
        <div class="jfslide">
          <h2>Slide 1</h2>
          <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent euismod ultrices ante, ac laoreet nulla vestibulum adipiscing.</p>
          <img src="http://lorempixum.com/420/200/city/1" alt="">
        </div>
      </li>
      <li>
        <input id="rad2" type="radio" name="rad">
        <label for="rad2">2</label>
        <div class="jfslide">
          <h2>Slide 2</h2>
          <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent euismod ultrices ante, ac laoreet nulla vestibulum adipiscing.</p>
          <img src="http://lorempixum.com/420/200/city/2" alt="">
        </div>
      </li>
      <li>
        <input id="rad3" type="radio" name="rad">
        <label for="rad3">3</label>
        <div class="jfslide">
          <h2>Slide 3</h2>
          <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Praesent euismod ultrices ante, ac laoreet nulla vestibulum adipiscing.</p>
          <img src="http://lorempixum.com/420/200/city/3" alt="">
        </div>
      </li>
      </ul>  
  </form>         

Step Two: Add the Following CSS to Design Studio

/*BASIC*/

* {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
  -webkit-box-sizing: border-box;
  box-sizing: border-box;
}

body {
  background: #eee;
}

/*HEADER*/
.header {
  height: 25px;
  background: #222;
  color: #eee;
  text-align: center;
  font: 10px/25px Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif;
}

.header a {
  color: #999;
}

/*LIST*/
ul {
  list-style: none;
}

/*FORM*/
form {
  margin: 50px;
}

input {
  position: absolute;
  top: -9999px;
  left: -9999px;
}

label {
  display: block;
  height: 330px;
  width: 50px;
  background: #999;
  text-align: center;
  font: 14px/50px Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif;
  margin-bottom: 10px;
  float: left;
  overflow: hidden;

  -webkit-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  -moz-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  -o-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  -ms-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
}

#rad2 + label {
  background: #888;

  -webkit-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  -moz-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  -o-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  -ms-transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
  transition: width 1s ease, background 0.5s ease;
}

label:hover, #rad2 + label:hover {
  background: #232323;
  color: #fff;
  cursor: pointer;
}

/*SLIDES*/
.jfslide {
  color: #333;
  display: block;
  height: 330px;
  width: 0px;
  background: #fff;
  font: 12px/1.5 Helvetica, Verdana, sans-serif;
  padding: 10px 0;
  float: left;
  overflow: hidden;

  -webkit-transition: all 1s ease;
  -moz-transition: all 1s ease;
  -o-transition: all 1s ease;
  -ms-transition: all 1s ease;
  transition: all 1s ease;
}

.jfslide p, h2, img {
  width: 420px;
  padding-left: 10px;
}

.jfslide img {
  margin-top: 10px;
}

input[type="radio"]:checked+label ~ .jfslide {
  width: 450px;
}






Play with Code on Codepen


How To Embed Google Drive Folders Into a Website

posted Jan 29, 2014, 6:51 PM by Jaybird Farrow   [ updated Jul 18, 2014, 5:47 PM ]

Embedding Google Drive Folders

Embed Google Drive Folder into Web Page
When searching the Google Drive Support website, I can find no explanation of how to embed an entire Google Drive folder into a website page. However, I was able to find a simple way to add a drive folder to a Google Sites page.  Nevertheless, what I was looking for is a way to embed a drive folder into a Ning Network and after figuring this out, I wanna share.  So, below you will find both my workaround for hacking it into a web page and the solution for embedding a Google Drive Folder into a Google Sites Page.


Grid and List Views

Embed Google Drive Folder into a Ning Webpage

Google Drive folders can be embedded and displayed in list and grid views:

List View

<iframe src="https://drive.google.com/embeddedfolderview?id=FOLDER-ID#list" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>

Grid View

<iframe src="https://drive.google.com/embeddedfolderview?id=FOLDER-ID#grid" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0"></iframe>

Sharing the Folder for Embed

Simply share your Drive Folder to "Anyone with the Link" so that it shows up in the page you embed it in. Now look in the address bar for the FOLDER-ID and replace it in the cod above. Example: If you have a folder address like this: https://drive.google.com/?tab=mo&authuser=0#folders/0B4wHVemz7IveTFRBTnRHcHBmTEU Folder ID will be: 0B4wHVemz7IveTFRBTnRHcHBmTEU

Example for List View:

Google Drive List View

Example of Grid View:

Google Drive Embed Grid View

Embed Google Drive Folder into a Google Sites Page


Just open the Sites editor, Insert>Folder and select the checkbox next to the folder you want to appear. Modify the gadget properties box to meet your requirements, click Save and then Save your page and you're done. Here is a short video on how to embed a Google Drive Docs List into a Google Site.

Embed a Google Drive Folder into Google Sites



Further Learning

Philridout also has a tutorial on how to accomplish this using Google Apps Scripts here.

Ning Tip: HOW TO MAP YOUR NETWORK MEMBERS

posted Jan 5, 2014, 4:57 PM by Jaybird Farrow   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 12:21 PM by LoftnInja UNrealtor ]

Mapping Members of a Ning Community

So you've got your Ning network setup and members are finally starting to join and engage with one another.  Now What?  Map your members of course!  What you are making...

Back in 2010, I showed you how to map your members on Ning 2.0, but this process needed a little bit of updating.  If at any time you'd like some help with mapping your Ning network members, simply send me a request. I'm happy to help..


Keep These Things in Mind:
  • The only way this will work is if you have a question in your profile questions which asks for exact location, geodetic coordinates or similar.
  • This will have to be reprocessed in the following fashion EVERYTIME you want to update your map
  • This will only work as a top level admin or NC
  • Its best to have a Gmail or Google Account to complete this tutorial, so get one if you do not have already.
  • For networks with less than 1000 members, the process described in my last post using Mapalist should do just fine.

Steps for Mapping Your Members:


Short Steps for Mapping Your Members:

  1. Export your member data
  2. Import the CSV to google docs
  3. Convert spreadsheet into a fusion table
  4. Geocode the Location Column
  5. Set privacy to anyone with link
  6. Embed in a page..

 

Steps for Mapping Explained:

Export your member data - Go to the admin dashboard of your network and go to the Member Management section, scroll to the bottom right and you'll see a link to "Export Member Data".  In a few minutes you'll recieve an email with your member data.  Download that spreadsheet/csv file to your computer.

Import the CSV to google docs- Now import that spreadsheet to google drive/google docs converting it into the google spreadsheets or CSV format. Try to make sure that ALL COLUMNS HAVE AT LEAST SOME DATA IN THEM because if you have too many empty cells in the spreadsheet, it will not process in the next step. Now assuming you do not want all of your member data to be public, you'll want to delete a few of the columns such as Email,Recieving Broadcasts, Date Joined, Age, Gender... these will be entirely up to you.  Now click Share> Anyone with the Link

Convert spreadsheet into a fusion table- Create a new fusion table like so:

Create a Fusion Table

*If you do not have fusion tables you can add them as a Drive app by clicking Create>More Apps and find Fusion Tables App.

*Sometimes when creating a fusion table and trying to import strait from Google Docs, you'll get an error. When this happens, go to the spreadsheet and click File> Download As> CSV File   then reupload that csv file to the Fusion Table Interface.

Import fusion Table members


Geocoding the Data

Geocode the Location Column- Now that you have your spreadsheet converted into a Fusion Table, click File> Geocode and select either the column for "Location" or "Country" and let this process run while it converts the Location names into Latitude/Longitude. Networks with many members will obviously take longer than smaller networks. Setting privacy to anyone with link will allow you to embed your map into a page on your network.

Embed Map into a Page - Now you can embed your map by clicking Map of Locations>Publish and grab the HTML to embed as Iframe.

Map your members data

Updating the Member Map - From time to time, you'll want to repeat this process again to update the map.  The best way to do this is to repeat the process and then go to File>Merge and merge the new table with your former table.

Merge Tables for Updates

Customizing Your Info Boxes for Member Map

There are a variety of ways that you can customize the display of your map and placemark info, which I can cover in future posts, if requested in the comments below. In fact I can think of a few follow up posts which could be helpful such as Exporting the Data as KML for Google Earth, Adding custom icons, styling the info window, adding a search field...the sky is the limit! If this process looks daunting to you, I am happy to help you map your members for you for a small fee and you can send me a request through my profile

Enjoy Creators and let me know your thoughts below...

Oh yeah.. the final result:

Map your Ning Network members


Helpful Animated GIF Hints for Ning 3.0 Networks

posted Dec 20, 2013, 12:20 PM by LoftnInja UNrealtor   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 11:33 AM ]

Your Members Are Confused!

Ning 3.0 Dimensions for CSS and HTML

Show them the Way, in Style!

A few weeks back on the Creators Forum, I anticipated quite a few Ning Creators needing strategically placed indicators for showing their members how to use the new framework. So I am offering the following animated hints for free to those who might like to use them for instructing members regarding use of the various features inside Ning 3.0.  Of course you might like to make your own (you can find the tool I use here), in which case those posted here may be a good checklist for hints you might consider making yourself, showcasing your own Ning network design.  You might like to bookmark this page, as I will add more animated gif hints for Ning 3.0 networks as I create them myself.

Are You Lost in Ning 3.0?

If you're feeling lost in Ning 3.0 or are not sure how or where to start planning to move your Ning 2.0 to 3.0, simply drop me a line and let's discuss it.  For more Ning tips such as these, look here or visit my profile on the Creators Forum.  Good Luck Creators!

Profile Customizations Ning 3.0

Customizing Ning 3.0 Profile Cover Photos

Customizing Ning 3.0 Profile Cover Photos


Changing Ning 3.0 Profile Cover Photos

Changing Ning 3.0 Profile Cover Photos

Feature Tabs for New Profiles in Ning 3.0
Feature Tabs for Ning 3.0 Profiles



Ning Groups 3.0

Adding Page to Groups Dashboard

Adding Pages to Ning 3.0 Groups Dashboard

Importing Youtube Channels to Social Pages in Groups 3.0

Importing Youtube Channels to Groups 3.0


A Creative Example of a Ning Group turned Theatre

Ning Group Video Theatre


Update: Beautiful Nation Project and Journey

posted Nov 26, 2013, 12:47 PM by Jaybird Farrow   [ updated Feb 7, 2014, 11:34 AM by LoftnInja UNrealtor ]

Full Steam Ahead for Beautiful Nation

Beautiful Nation Project Social Network
The Beautiful Nation Project is running full steam ahead this week, kicking off our Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign, in order to produce our pilot webisode. This will be the most effective geography course in the world, with your help! Beautiful Nation tracks the Voyage of Makulu.  I am incredibly serious about doing something positive for the world and although I do not currently have children of my own, many of you (whom I love and respect) do. For over a year, I have been working remotely with my colleagues on Beautiful Nation Project in order to create a more meaningful experience for your kids in terms of their #education in #geography. This is why #imontheboat.

 The boat is Makulu. Makulu is a 43 foot Nautor Swan Ketch Sailboat/ floating classroom which has been the primary vessel and venue, chartered by Reach the World since 1998, bringing the world to the classroom through traveling mentors. With our partners RTW and Agastya International Foundation , the journey is charted and planned for 2014. Back on land, I will be playing the role of Lighthouse Keeper and Social Network Manager within the virtual tour/social network which represents the boat, categorizing the content into multidimensional education tools and micro-courses in geography. This network is for anyone who would like to learn more about places they may never visit. The conversations about those places will teach the leaders of tomorrow to respect the environment, appreciate diversity and engage others as global citizens. 

5 Continents | 35+ Countries | 45 Planned port stops | 700+ Expedition days | More than 1 Million Student followers

Connecting Students to Their World- Beautiful Nation Project

Beautiful Nation Crew
Makulu and Beautiful Nation Crew

About the Crew and Krew


Our Qualifications


There is not another all-female sailing crew on the planet with the skills, passion, resources and experience necessary to launch a global expedition for education! This is a vetted model, first launched in 1997 by the founder of Reach the World, and 3 of the 4 crew members participated in the last circumnavigation of Makulu.

Through our education partners, our content has a strong framework of internationally-recognized best practices for global competence instruction and hands-on science. Plus, we already have hundreds of schools ready to participate!


In addition to having the professional skills and expertise needed to produce the content, we are conscientious of the logistical challenges in order to get content up online in a timely manner.

The ship has been generously donated for the voyage and we have spent over a year diligently planning. In other words, we’re not quitters! This is our labor of love, and we will do everything we can to make it happen.


But we can't do it alone, and need your support. Help bring news about the beauty and diversity of our world into the homes and classrooms of children and make a donation today!

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