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WHO PRONOUNCED YOU DEAD

PROJECT JOURNEY



Written and directed by our community

 
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction

Who Pronounced You Dead is a traveling life design & storytelling program uniting worlds to write truth and magic into the stories of everyday unheard voices, and share these voices by transforming everyday experiences into art galleries.

Think Storycorps meets TED meets Disney, inspired and created by all of us.


Characters

Every quarter, we bring together individuals who share common unheard voices for a three month life design program. Themes are chosen based on relevance and severity.

As the audience, we watch as individuals push and inspire each other to become better versions of themselves, each individual building their dream while knowing they’re part of something greater.


Narrators

Bringing together life design and research to provide a space for individuals to reimagine their ideal selves and potential, and help build the structure, practices, and routines to bring them closer to who they want to be. To help bring to light under-recognized challenges, struggles, and setbacks formed through our identities. Our program is designed to raise awareness to the struggles behind different identities, and the stories + science behind why people are the way they are. Everyone is going through their own secret struggle, and in understanding these struggles, what we’ll find is that in a beautiful way, we are all connected and consequences of each other’s actions.


Storytellers

To build a collection of true stories and weave them together through creative writing in a way that inspire others to free their highest selves. Following the completion of each program, we bring together the art and creative communities, inviting all types of artists to interpret and express these stories in their own unique form / style. To unite inspirational artists and organizations around the world under a common theme, and invite them to share the same story in their own unique forms of expression.


Publishers

Much like a treasure map, our viewers are able to visit different collections of art through our travelling galleries held in the offices and websites of our sponsors. We also partner with local businesses and destinations to build our stories and identities into everyday products and experiences.


Your Role

Well what are you waiting for? Join us!


 
 

Introduction

Inspiration and dedication

 
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One Childhood Dream Come True

When I was a child, I asked myself what kind of world I wanted to live in and build for myself. Walt Disney was a deep inspiration as he created a world of magic for children to live in. I thought then—wouldn’t it be nice if Disney stories were real? And so, after many years, I decided to bring this childhood dream to life, with an extra twist.

Through our life design and storytelling initiative, we envision a world where we all come together, release the identities that hold us back, and write our stories with more truth and magic. It’s important to know that we’re not alone in our journeys, so we invite artists, creators, and organizations from all corners of the world to participate in our galleries, sharing the stories of our common hidden identities through art. Who Pronounced You Dead is my childhood dream come true. This project is dedicated to mini me: thanks for believing in us, for never losing sight of our dreams, to the children still living inside all of us, may our dreams come true.

“As a writer, dreamer, and artist, I can’t imagine a greater honor than to write magic and truth into people’s lives.” 

Hillary Wen, Founder

 
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The Narrators

To provide a space for individuals to reimagine their ideal selves and potential, and bring their visions to life.

 
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Life Designers

OUR WHY

We believe that our lives are our ultimate message to the world, and that the best way to tell a true story is to design and live a life one that you believe in.

PROGRAM DESIGN 

Our accelerated program was designed using the Triple Alignment Model, with exercises you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Each cohort, we partner with specialized researchers & life coaches to build the best experience for our participants, and based on the theme of our research, we bring together 6-10 participants who share the identity. Together, we help build the structure, practices, and routines to bring each individual closer to who + where they want to be.

As the audience, we watch as individuals push and inspire each other to become better versions of themselves, each individual building their dream while knowing they’re part of something greater.

ACCOUNTABILITY

A major focus of this program is on accountability, and building the structure and a circle of people who hold you accountable to who you want to be. For this reason, we place extra emphasis on building the best teams and support systems for each individual.

WHY JOIN OUR LIFE DESIGN TEAM

It’s about working alongside other experts and inspiring individuals to expand human potential.

It’s about the impact, and being able to see and follow each person through their thought process, hidden emotions and identities, understanding what makes them who they are, understanding their desires for their future and for life, and knowing that you’re helping them build a roadmap out of their own limiting thoughts and into their future.

And finally, it’s about taking your skills and experiences and bringing them to life in another person—to learn from their skills and experiences and let them bring to life a part of you.

 

Researchers

Our why

Our program is designed to raise awareness to the struggles behind different identities, and the stories + science behind why people are the way they are. We’re all going through our own secret struggle, and in understanding these struggles, what we’ll find is that in a beautiful way, we are all connected and consequences of each other’s actions.

Research initiative 

We support under-acknowledged causes that align with our mission. Themes are chosen based on severity of issue, relevance, and relatability with the help of our research community, as well as our readers and voters.

Theme Selection

Themes are chosen based on severity of issue, relevance, and relatability with the help of our research community, as well as our readers and voters.

why join our research team

First off, you should join for the research. But beyond that, it’s about the community and working with colorful, inspiring researchers who believe in what you believe in, and about expanding your team and seeing the potential research has to change lives.

Lastly, traditional research is usually published within scholarly journals, limiting the audience to within specific fields. Our program is designed to help broaden the exposure of your research, and work closely with participants who are building a life for themselves.

 
 

The Storytellers

To write truth and magic into the intersection of real-life and imagination, and explore all forms of expression.

 
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Creative Writing

Our why

We believe that research is best told through stories, and that stories are best told with a truth, imagination, and a little bit of magic.

how it works

Our team of journalists and creative writers follow each participant through their unique tales and, weave their collective stories together under one inspiring tale.

why join our creative writing team

“As a writer, what could be more beautiful than writing truth and magic into the lives of real-life characters? We’re standing at the intersection of fiction and non-fiction, with a pen and one extraordinary view to worlds outside our own.”

Hillary, Founder

 

Art + Expression

OUR WHY

We believe that there are infinite ways to tell a story, that each individual holds a piece of that story, and that we all express ourselves differently. What if each person expressed their piece of the story in their own unique style?

THE ART MOVEMENT 

Following the completion of each program, we share the story with our art & creative communities. Artists will have ten days to complete a piece of art to express the identity in their own unique style.

Whether you’re a poet, painter, musician, photographer, animator, musician, dancer, or film director, you’re an artist and a storyteller! That’s our passion, isn’t it? Telling stories through our own styles of expression. Let’s come together and find out how many different ways one story can be told, how many different forms live in the same truth.

WHY JOIN OUR ART COMMUNITY

With every new research initiative / theme, you can join artists and storytellers around the world in sharing your unique style of expression for those who need their voices heard! Whether you do it for the art, for the impact, or for the sense of community, there’s one thing we know for sure—that at the end of ten days, there will be an explosion of truth, color, depth, and connection.

 
 

The Publishers

 Remind your team of the importance of identity, creativity, accountability, and growth. Raising awareness through everyday products and experiences.

 
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Galleries

Our why

We wanted to weave our mission into everyday life, and provide an environment that inspires creativity, growth, and self-discovery.

WHO are our sponsors

Our sponsors are diverse organizations ranging from hotels, offices, malls, restaurants…etc. who share our mission

what it looks like

Following the completion of our artists’ work, we will send you carefully-selected artwork best suited to your organization’s mission, story, and environment.

Your organization will then be placed on a “treasure map” for our viewers to visit and explore like an art gallery! As this is a travelling exhibition, the art will live on your wall for up to 6 months.

sponsorship benefits

On your walls will celebrate the unity of unheard voices, research, and storytelling blended into diverse forms and expressions of creativity, personal growth, inspiration, and identity. Take a moment and take it all in.

Benefits:

  • Being a part of something greater

    • Art: Having an art gallery in your very own walls is a pretty big deal!

    • Inspiration: Our message is one of creativity, personal growth, self-empowerment, and accountability, inspiring your teams and viewers to think outside the box and combat burn out

    • Branding: Intersecting art and business, with greater visibility and exposure in all our communities

  • Additional perks for corporate sponsors

    • Talent: Access to our recruiting and job design service

    • Team-building: Not only is art a great pathway to team building, but we also help design and host team building & work design experiences inspired by our life design program

 

Partnerships

OUR WHY

Spreading voices through everyday experiences.

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

Our creative partners consist of entrepreneurs, influencers, corporations, and institutions from all sectors who are looking to contribute through their unique offerings. We team up with product and design teams to create new products and experiences that honor these voices and their dreams and messages. Your location—physical or virtual—will be added to our treasure map as a destination for viewers to visit.

WHY BECOME A CREATIVE PARTNER

If you’re building products anyway, why not build it in a way that inspires connection? We believe that the options are endless, and so is our potential for impact, and invite you to join hands in building something greater than ourselves, something to remind us everyday of the hidden, collective struggles and dreams we share.

 
 

Join us on this journey!


We believe in the transformational power of science, art and storytelling.

Do you?

LET ART EXPAND OUR IDENTITIES AND TOUCH OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.


 
 
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