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Connectivity Project

In CONNECTIVITY PROJECT, we see how a relationship with interconnectedness is ubiquitous across cultures and traditions from around the world and across time. As we compare this way of thinking with voices from modern science, this offers us an empowering sense of awe, belonging, and also responsibility.

This film combines the 3 episodes in the CONNECTIVITY PROJECT series. They are:

INTERCONNECTIONS - Examines how different cultures and faiths from around the world have a common, time-honored awareness of an interconnected way of being. By raising understanding and awareness about these connections, we explore why this perspective is more important now more than ever before, as we realize that our actions and ways of being impact much more than we can even measure.

PLANTS HAVE WINGS - We look into the amazing realm of plants and their pollinators and, as all things are connected, discover that we are each an integral part of the pollination process. As we follow the story of an inspired bicyclist who is a champion supporting threatened Monarch butterflies, we learn how we are all a distinct part of the web of life. Not only are we deeply reliant on pollinators, they too are reliant on us.

SPEAKING OUT! - Activism is combined with interconnectedness as an indigenous high school student is inspired by the actions of Lois Gibbs (grass roots activist organizer from Love Canal in the 1970s). We follow Clarissa's journey to speak out and advocate for the right to clean air, for her family, school, and community in North Portland, OR.

'This is probably one of the most important projects on earth at this time. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity and its necessity. You have hit the core of not just the problem but of where we should all be focusing our attention. I was so deeply moved by this work' Jean Houston, Co-Founder, The Foundation for Mind Research

'I think about our current situation in our nation and around the world and how this pandemic revolves around 'connectivity.' I have been able to use your curriculum and first video as a tool to help explain this historical moment in our world...Because of your project I have a tool to talk about these issues/situations with my students in a way that they can understand. It has opened up so many good discussions in a time when we need to have good, honest discussions.' Brent Criswell, 5th grade teacher, Lincoln Elementary

'I think you are on to a great project. I love the way you present its various parts as petals of a lotus.' Fritjof Capra, Scientist, Educator, Systems Thinking leader, Author, The Systems View of Life and The Tao of Physics

'A really awesome resource for teachers...I found this project and resource to be relevant to what we are facing with climate change and finding hope and resiliency to keep trying to make a difference and as educators helping our students do the same.' Jennie Pardi, Education Coordinator, NatureBridge Outdoor School

'The Connectivity Project - whether shown individually or as a complete set - ought to be viewed by every single person around the globe. Combined with a guest speaker/panel of individuals and providing viewers with the opportunity to go deeper in discussion with others leading to civic action steps ought to be required at minimum in organizations committed to global awareness and sustainability efforts. The content of the Connectivity Project can and should play a role in macro and micro level discussions regarding the creation of a better tomorrow.' Corey Thompson, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Urban Education, Cardinal Stritch University

''Since everything is connected, it doesn't matter where you start.' This series of short films provides inspiring stories and vignettes that support a greater awareness of the interrelated systems of life. The film series will be a great jumping off point for students, teachers, and community members who are interested in considering a range of environmental studies, stewardship activities, or advocacy that can make a difference.' Tori Derr, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, California State University Monterey Bay

'Intriguing and thought-provoking in ways that the traditional science student might not think...Your films are doing a masterful job of potentially bringing the kids who are not interested in science or have never seen a science connection to their lives into the fold.' Jim Clark, Co-founder, Next Generation Science Innovations


Main credits

Madrone, Rose (film director)
Madrone, Rose (film producer)
Madrone, Rose (photographer)
Consentino, Robert (film director)
Consentino, Robert (narrator)
Consentino, Robert (photographer)
Rue, Melissa Gregory (film producer)


air quality, bike riding, choices, collaboration, commonality, comparative religion, diversity, ecology, education, environmental cleanup, environmental ethics, equality, farming, flowers, gardens, health, homelessness, inclusivity, indigenous, insects, inspire, making a difference, nature, patterns, pollination, ripple effects, science, spirituality, supporting pollinators, systems thinking, teaching, toxins, volunteering, voting, working together, youth, rights, reality, speaking out, worldwide, shorts, short films, series, Ilarion Larry Merculieff, Kealoha Piscotta, Greg Dardis, Fritjof Capra, Anita Apulef, Jon Young, Lois Gibbs, Kendall Jensen, Clarissa Howtopat, Kelly Green Guilbeau, Jacqueline Freeman , Mace Vaughan, Matt O'Neal, David Gossman, monarch butterflies, ragbrai, iowa, bike race; "Connectivity Project"; Bullfrog Films

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