The Uncultured Project
Posted by dlende on November 3, 2009
The Uncultured Project is about fighting global poverty, about one man’s decision to try and make the world a better place. It’s a story told through a website and promoted on YouTube.
Imagine leaving behind your friends, family, possessions, and a full scholarship to a good university – all to go halfway around the world to a third world country just to help the poor.
This is exactly what I did.
And I’m using YouTube to tell my story.
The Uncultured Project basically works by bringing together Shawn’s work, small-time donors, and local communities.
Shawn pushes a basic message, and has inspired people to make changes (and document them) through YouTube
Global Voices has featured The Uncultured Project and its efforts to provide clean water, and filed that post under “cyber-activism.”
Certainly that is one of the most striking things to me about The Uncultured Project – we’re not talking digital ethnography or coming of age in virtual worlds. At Global Vocies the cyber-activism tag produces 858 pages! So rather than a supersized sweet secular search engine dynamic, this is closer to our post on Jan Chipchase and Cellphones Save the World. But in this case Shawn is doing it on his own, rather than getting paid by Nokia. So kudos on that!