How Being a Technomad Makes My Life Richer
I have always had this feeling that I should be doing something special with my life, which is a big cosmic finger, because at 34 years old, I still have no idea what that something is… Meanwhile I am trying to live every moment.
My husband John Leonard and I just completed 20 months of traveling through Latin America, because early in 2012, we decided to become mini documentary filmmakers.
We sold our stuff, mobilized a small business, bought a camera and left Australia to travel the world and capture the stories of people who make a difference to their communities.
We called our website Five Point Five because we were inspired by this short film about Narayanan Krishnan, a chef-turned-humanitarian who now improves the lives of impoverished people in India.
Krishnan says, “We all have 5.5 llitres of blood. We are all the same.” We took this a step further, we believe that as we all have 5.5 litres of blood – we all have the ability to make a difference.
Sometimes a commitment is all you need to make a difference
With no prior experience, John learned how to make and edit documentaries watching Youtube clips in a hostel in Venezuela. After a few weeks, we were ready. We visited the slums in the north of Colombia to shoot our first film about a former street kid – Oscar, who turned his life around and set up two schools for kids from the slums. Without grants, aid and outside funding, he gives these kids hope for a better future. His commitment is palpable.
This is our focus… to capture the commitment, the change making, the phoenix from the ashes.
We’ve learned that everywhere in the world where there is a need, there are people busting their guts to make a difference. We have found that an inspiring spirit of humanity often springs up. If this is encouraged or nurtured in any way, it can empower a whole community.
Mayan women share ancient growing techniques
According to the film “Thrive,” there are over one million for-good projects in the world right now - one million little projects bubbling away with positive goodness. So far we have filmed 17 beautiful stories of people and projects.
Most people want and need the same things… and laughter is universal.
Humor trumps language, every time. A smile and a laugh is a universal language, we have hacked our way through conversations and friendships in multiple languages that we don’t speak. But we can share wild gesticulations, play acting, warmth, silliness and laughs.