Hero image

Global Oneness Project's Shop

The Global Oneness Project is a multimedia platform which offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Their award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues from around the world with a humanistic lens. Aligned with National standards, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking.

26Uploads

15k+Views

5k+Downloads

The Global Oneness Project is a multimedia platform which offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Their award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles explore cultural, social, and environmental issues from around the world with a humanistic lens. Aligned with National standards, their curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking.
The Nature of Happiness: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

The Nature of Happiness: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
In this lesson, students watch the short film, "Mr. Happy Man" by Matt Morris, which documents the life of 88-year-old Johnny Barnes, whose intention is to help others be happy. Barnes spends six hours a day at a traffic intersection in the capital city of Hamilton, sharing positive affirmations to passers-by. In classroom discussion, students examine the nature of happiness in their own lives, whether happiness is a choice, and if – and how - happiness can be shared. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
A Day in the Life: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

A Day in the Life: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
Students watch the short film, "Amar," by Andrew Hinton, which documents a day in the life of a 14-year-old boy in India who applies focus and determination to achieve his goals. In the accompanying lesson, students examine the routines of their own lives and the lives of children around the world, and consider what motivates them throughout their daily tasks. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
The Value of Sports: Unifying a Community - Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

The Value of Sports: Unifying a Community - Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch a film, "I am Yup’ik" by Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon, about a 16-year-old basketball player from the tiny village of Toksook Bay in Alaska. The film explores the power of basketball, which unites the community and creates hope and pride throughout the young team, family members, and the community-at-large. In this lesson, students explore the themes of identity, resilience, and youth awareness and empowerment. In a class discussion, students make a list of the main character’s struggles and challenges and discuss the qualities and characteristics of the Yup’ik culture. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Flamenco - A Cross-Cultural Art Form: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
Flamenco is an art form rooted in the Spanish culture for generations. Today, flamenco is popular all over the world and is taught in many countries. Set in Seville, Spain, this short film follows a day in the life of flamenco guitarist Juan Ramírez. Through his eyes, we experience Soleá—the mother of flamenco—and Juan’s unusual journey to master his craft.
A Vanishing Island: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

A Vanishing Island: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
Coastal areas are drastically impacted by the effects of climate change. Communities are witnessing rising sea levels, stronger storms, and coastal erosion, forcing residents to leave their homes. This short film offers a portrait of the Isle de Jean Charles, a tiny island deep in the bayous of Southern Louisiana. The film explores the changes taking place on the island through the lives of two residents whose families are facing a future where rising seas, coastal erosion and storms are threatening to wash their home away.
Deconstructing Consumerism: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Deconstructing Consumerism: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Increased global consumerism has vast environmental, economic, and social repercussions. Thought leaders across the globe investigate the unsustainable cultural values at the root of modern consumption. What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, where do we find solutions that can help us build the future that serves us all? This 25-minute Global Oneness Project film retrospective asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves, and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.
What does it mean to be resilient? Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

What does it mean to be resilient? Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
Students watch a short film, Everything is Incredible by Tyler Bastian, which tells the story of a Honduran man paralyzed from childhood polio and his fantastical commitment to creating a helicopter out of used and abandoned materials. In this lesson students explore the foundations of resilience and are encouraged to identify a source of creativity and perseverance resistant to the criticism of others. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Practicing Empathy: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Practicing Empathy: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch a 12-minute film, "Wright’s Law," by Zack Conkle, about a unique high school physics teacher and his perspective on life. In this lesson, students discuss the meaning of empathy and what role it plays in their lives. Through classroom discussion, students explore the themes of social and emotional learning and positive role models. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Clowning Around: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Clowning Around: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
The clown is an entertainer, an integral social figure across cultures for centuries. Clowns can characterize society and provide a comedic way of viewing the world. Laugh Clown Laugh offers a portrait of Berlin based clown Reinhard “Filou” Horstkotte. The role of the clown, for Reinhard, is not just to entertain, but to explore the whole human being including all of the contradictions. For him, there is truly more to being a clown than laughter.
The Power to Persevere: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

The Power to Persevere: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch a short film, "Making it in America," by Joris Debeij, about a single mother and Salvadoran immigrant struggling to realize her goals in America. In this lesson, students learn about the sacrifices many immigrants make as they transition to lives in the United States and the perseverance needed to succeed. Students explore the concepts of, "The American Dream," and, "Land of Opportunity," in relation to the immigrant experience as well as to their own lives. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Ancient and Modern Worlds: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Ancient and Modern Worlds: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
In an age of rising populations and climate change, global food security is a major concern. New farming technologies and market-based agriculture provide one answer while traditional farming practices and natural resource management provide another. A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York, and Kenya, the film explores the modern world’s untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.
Learning with Nature: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Learning with Nature: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch the short film, Into the Middle of Nowhere by Anna Frances Ewert, which follows a group of young children as they engage in imaginative play at an outdoor nursery in Scotland. In this lesson, students consider how interacting with nature can help young people develop confidence, creativity, and resilience. Students examine their personal habits regarding time spent outdoors vs. time spent indoors (particularly with electronics) and reflect on their own unique relationships with the natural world. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Our Shared Humanity: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Our Shared Humanity: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
"Students watch the short film, "My Enemy, My Brother," by Ann Shin, which follows two former enemy soldiers as they meet twenty years after battle under extraordinary circumstances. In this lesson, students examine human connections across cultural divides and explore the themes of bravery and peace. In a classroom discussion, students consider what it means to act from one's conscience in the face of pressure to conform. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story." English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Communities on the Threshold of Change: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Communities on the Threshold of Change: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch a short film, Santa Cruz del Islote by Luke Lorentzen, about a small, peaceful, island off the coast of Colombia, South America, where life is changing due to diminishing fish stocks and shifting resources. In this lesson, students experience life on this unique island through the eyes of a fisherman and a young schoolboy. Students explore the challenges of living in their own communities and consider personal responses to the inevitability of change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Protecting Wilderness: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Protecting Wilderness: Lesson Plan & Film

(1)
In this lesson, students watch a 14-minute film, "Among Giants," by Rainhouse Cinema, about an environmental activist who risks injury and incarceration to protect an ancient redwood grove in California. In this lesson, students discuss the film and participate in classroom dialogues, exploring themes such as courage, empathy toward nature, and environmental justice. They will analyze the effectiveness of digital media and the choices made by the activist. Reflective writing prompts are also offered for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Relocating Residents: The Impact of Housing on Community - Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Relocating Residents: The Impact of Housing on Community - Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch a short film, "Even the Walls" by Sarah Kuck and Saman Maydani, about the residents of a low-income housing development in Seattle, WA, as they prepare for relocation. In this lesson, students examine how the design of housing and neighborhoods can shape one’s experience of community. In classroom discussion, students consider the importance of community in decision-making about low-income housing and urban development. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Living With Less Water: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Living With Less Water: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch the short film, "When a Town Runs Dry" by Joris Debeij, which examines the impact of the California drought on residents of Stratford, a small, Central Valley farming town. The Central Valley of California is the country’s most productive agricultural region and has been hard hit by the drought that has affected the western U.S. for the last 15 years. In this lesson, students explore environmental changes in their neighborhoods and towns and discuss the reverberating impacts of drought on human and natural resources. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Valuing an Ancient Vocation: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Valuing an Ancient Vocation: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
In this lesson, students watch the short film, "The Last Ice Merchant" by Sandy Patch, which tells the story of Baltazar Ushca who has harvested the glacial ice on the highest altitudes of Mount Chimborazo, the tallest mountain in Ecuador, for over 50 years. Cultural changes in this small indigenous community led his brothers to seek other work, but Baltazar continues on alone, the last ice merchant of Chimborazo. In classroom discussion, students examine an ancient vocation and the impacts of modernization and climate change on an old way of life. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
A Refugee's Story: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

A Refugee's Story: Lesson Plan & Film

(2)
See here for the accompanying lesson plan. This short film tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014. After fleeing torture and imprisonment by the Assad regime, he is rebuilding his life. Mohammed counsels newly-arrived Syrian refugee families with the same Vancouver-based NGO that aided him during his own resettlement process. Like Mohammed, these families have left loved ones behind and are struggling to adapt to a new land, finding resilience and hope for a new beginning. Like thousands of other newly-resettled refugees, Mohammed has been striving to bring his family to safety in Canada. Millions of Syrians are currently displaced within Syria’s borders and in neighboring countries. Students watch a 19-minute documentary that tells the story of Mohammed Alsaleh, a young Syrian refugee granted asylum in Canada in 2014, who is now counseling newly arrived refugees. In this lesson, students explore the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. In the accompanying lesson (see link above), students explore the themes of cultural displacement, human rights, and resilience through classroom discussions. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.
Resurrecting a Home: Lesson Plan & Film
Global_Oneness_ProjectGlobal_Oneness_Project

Resurrecting a Home: Lesson Plan & Film

(0)
Students watch a short film, "Minka," by Davina Pardo, about two friends who restore an ancient Japanese farmhouse in the 1970's using traditional building methods. In this lesson, students explore the impacts of traditional building and architectural restoration on individuals' cultural identity, connection to the land, and sense of home. Students also discuss the power of film in storytelling. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story. English and Spanish versions of the lesson plan are available for download.