Welcome to Give Ear! Thank you for joining us!
There are a few different elements of this project that I can’t wait to share with you and further explain the intent behind.
Again, if you are here, we are already so grateful that you are interested in what we have been dreaming about for more than two years now.
Give Ear is a combination of blogging, video, photography, art, the practice of listening, and people in the local community, all somehow intertwined to create this project.
We hope Give Ear will be a space for people to listen to and connect with stories of people with diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Our hope is that we will interact with people that have had vastly different experiences that have led them to where they are today. We hope you will join us in listening and hearing with deep intention of truly understanding them and their story. That is the definition of Give Ear: to hear, to listen with intention.
Give Ear is a community project so we are asking for your input and help.
Do you know a local world-changer that is eagerly waiting for their craft, passion, or idea to be celebrated and given a spotlight that it deserves? We want to hear from you.
Do you have a story or know someone with a story that's dying to be told? We would love to be the listening ear and give you that chance.
Tell your Story
This is the heartbeat of this dream. Our country and world are longing so unmistakably for a listening ear rather than an instant judgment or categorization. Our culture is so quick to label and place people, ideas, beliefs, and stories in boxes or on a hierarchy that we rarely see and connect with the humanity and the heart behind one’s personal journey. This is the space where we will seek to connect with and interview people from all socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, occupations, orientations, and challenges, and listen with intent to hear, connect with, and validate their experiences in life. I have never sat down for a meal or conversation with a drug addict, former cult member, a homeless person, etc. (add more) with the intention of listening to their stories and trying to understand their plight. I have found we are so quick to label, judge, or categorize others… that we don’t give any space or time to actually listen to their hearts. I hope we do this here, and I thank in advance everybody brave enough to share their story with us. We want to hear you, as we seek to connect with people across the community we live in with stories different than our own. We hope this will ignite a culture of listening and truly engaging with one another above anything else. We want to try our best to step into your shoes. We want to hear from you.
Community Changers is an avenue for who we feel are local heroes, a space for people to get recognized who may never otherwise have this opportunity. This is where we will search for people who we feel are changing the community and the world through their gifts and their passions. One of our favorite quotes comes from poet, hip hop artist and social activist Jason Petty, otherwise known as Propaganda, “The presence of good art will unconsciously refine a community.” This is where we will take this idea to heart, and we believe this is happening all over the city of Columbus and the world. We are looking for local artists, businesses, musicians, community leaders and more to be showcased and celebrated so that more and more people can be blessed with their gifts and passions. We hope to elevate local heroes by showcasing their work or ideas and give exposure to their local community. We are seeking to connect with "Community Changers" of all talents, ideas, and backgrounds.
Our blog will contain stories and ideas that rally around the mission of Give Ear: to listen, to hear with intent. We will share raw stories with this in mind, in hopes of capturing the need for listen and see through the labels, beyond the categories... and to the heart. We are hoping to feature many different writers in our blog as well. If you are interested in writing a piece for Give Ear or know someone who is, please reach out to us!