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Want to use powerful visual stories & films to develop global citizenship?

Global Oneness Project

Marker California, USA
The Global Oneness Project brings the world to the classroom through free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans to explore cultural, social, and environmental issues through a humanistic lens.

What is the Global Oneness Project?

Cleary Vaughan-Lee
“We believe that stories play a powerful role in education.”

Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Executive Director

In an increasingly globalized world we need to find new ways to understand each other and to inspire a global perspective, so that communities everywhere can work together to find peaceful, innovative solutions to challenging and new situations.

Learners should have opportunities to further their understanding of interconnectedness, empathy and global issues so that they are prepared for the globalized world they live in, which in turn will inspire a future generation of responsible, compassionate citizens.

The Global Oneness Project believes that stories play a powerful role in education. Founded in 2006, the Project is committed to the exploration of cultural, environmental, and social issues. They house a rich library of free multimedia stories comprised of award-winning films, photo essays, and articles, which are accompanied by companion curriculum for educators.

The Global Oneness Project aims to connect, through stories, the local human experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability, among others. Through featuring individuals and communities impacted by these issues, their stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes that emphasize our common humanity—identity, diversity, hope, resilience, imagination, adversity, empathy, love, and responsibility. The curriculum, available in both English and Spanish, contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of students’ critical thinking, inquiry, empathy, and listening skills.


The Global Oneness Project’s website is designed for educators to explore and search for content in a variety of ways—media type, course subjects, U.S. national standards, and via curated collections. 

The resources are intended for whole class instruction. Teachers are using the stories and lessons as extensions to their core curriculum. The Project’s resources can be integrated into a wide range of courses including anthropology, English language arts, environmental science, history, media and journalism, and the arts.

For example, a high school environmental science teacher’s core curriculum focuses on local geography, the qualities of environmental citizenship, and healthy watersheds. He used the photo essay “Kara Women Speak” and the companion lesson plan “On the Verge of Displacement” in his classroom to get a global perspective and learn how an indigenous community is finding their self-sustaining ways of life at risk due to the development of a hydropower dam  in Southwestern Ethiopia.

Each month, they release a new story and an accompanying lesson plan. All of the content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions. To read about how a middle school teacher integrated the film Welcome to Canada in her classroom, for example, visit this blog on PBS Learning by Executive Director of the Project Cleary Vaughan-Lee.

The Project’s award-winning short films have been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Smithsonian & The New Yorker, among others. Their lessons are currently featured on Ted-Ed, PBS Learning, TES Global, United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Share My Lesson, and Edmodo, among others.

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Intended Outcomes
13 - 18
Age Group
Resources Needed
All resources for these lessons can be found on the Global Oneness Project site. For each lesson there will also be suggested material for background or additional information that would strengthen the lesson.
HundrED Criteria
An exciting and new way to engage young people about global stories and issues, through film, photo essays and articles accompanied by resources and lesson plans for teachers.
By using meaningful media in a learning environment, educators can engage young people and take them on a journey to experience the world. Global stories and issues become relevant to students' lives, providing opportunities for them to find their own voices, creating stronger and active global citizens in our fast-changing world.
The Global Oneness Project is being used in over 31 countries and is actively looking for distribution, technology and media partners to help them expand their reach to educators and educational institutions for maximum impact.

See this innovation in action.

High school students leading a student panel following the screening of Earthrise. 
Executive Director, Cleary Vaughan-Lee, during a high school Sustainability Festival in California, before the screening of Earthrise.
Global Oneness Project visited a Calfornia high school during their annual Sustainability Festival in May 2018 and screened their film Earthri...
In Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Explore the themes and global issues
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Use the companion curriculum
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Cleary Vaughan-Lee
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