July 29, 2011 · Tomé Notes Notes

Global Voices For Artists

I began by interviewing artists and entrepreneurs, looking for people with ideas — someone with a story to tell. It took time and I kept asking questions. Kept meeting people, looking straight at them, looking for that spark in their eyes, that wild excitement, someone burning to do something.

The one desire that emerged was to somehow put Sao Tomé e Principe on the world map for everyone to see

Coming from a tiny country myself I can empathize. In Estonia we're just over 1 million and I've felt what's it like to want to get to the big city. I always wanted to get my work out there to the world where it's happening as well. So an idea was born. To create a sort of a Global Voices for artists. An online magazine that would highlight awesome things created in places that remain under the radar of global media. Films, paintings, sculptures, and all sorts of creative projects.

We would publish stories with interesting people who are trying to make something happen, create value where there was nothing but people and an idea. We would do that all over the world, using a network of young people communicating over the Internet with Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Just as Global Voices, the site would function as a resource for larger media to pick up stories. But instead of politics, the focus would be on the arts. We're in the very beginning, because this is nothing more than an idea in my head. Know someone you think would love working on this? Drop me a line

Trailer for my upcoming documentary, Tomé that inspired the idea. (Hint: go to the official website to see the subtitles.)

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