In 2007 I created Worldwide Moment – a simple event where friends, families, and strangers around the world were invited to share an experience by taking a photograph… simultaneously.
I chose a random, but memorable time and date: 12:34pm on May 6, 2007 (12:34_5.6.7), based on East Coast U.S. time – where I lived in Virginia.
I didn’t know if anyone would actually participate in that first event. Or if they’d figure out the correct time. But I invited a few people anyway.
I was shocked when nearly 100 people from 20 countries – countries I had never been to, and didn’t know anyone from – ended up submitting their photos from that first Worldwide Moment. I felt not only excited, but obligated, to keep WwM going.
Since then we’ve received some incredible photos each year.
My favorite was taken at the moment of our 2009 event. It’s from the Echostar11 Satellite – a part of the DishTV network – and was coordinated with the help of our friends at Give The World.
I’m proud of WwM. It started as a crazy little idea and turned into an annual event. You may have even noticed that some pretty big companies started hosting similar events.
I’ll be honest: organizing WwM again last year – in addition to trying to make a living as a video producer, photographer, and website manager – took a lot of extra time, energy, and resources that weren’t easy for me to come by. So I’ve been questioning whether I had it in me to host WwM for the 5th time this year.
But after thinking about recent events and revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Japan, Libya, Syria, China, the United States, and elsewhere – countries we’ve received photos from before – I decided that WwM should live on. Now more than ever.
This years Worldwide Moment occurs on November 11 at 11:11AM New York time (where I live now).
You, and everyone, everyone, are invited to participate by simply taking a photograph at that moment and sharing your story on our website www.worldwidemoment.org.
Sorry for the short notice, but better late than never, right?