The roots of Sidewalk Ghosts were planted in September 2011, when I began blogging a series of daily essays, street portraits, and videos based on interviews of absolute strangers. Journals that captured the hope, hurt, and wisdom shared by 100s of diverse individuals as I asked all the same basic set of questions. And although the responses were widely varied, one profound call-to-action emerged: Empathy toward
A much-shared outlook brought to the surface as 1000s from around the globe saw the faces of, listened to, and responded to the stories of absolute strangers. People I did not even know, who by their reaching out to others and myself, proved many genuinely desire to better know their neighbor. A majority brave enough to appreciate the diversity of perspective and lifestyle, objective enough to quietly contribute to their communities and relationships, wise enough to look beyond race, creed, outlook, gender, age, attraction, religion, and loving enough to, whether in agreement or disagreement, live by a constructive code of conduct.
Evidence, that as the unique individuals we are, and via the localized attitudes and efforts of many diverse people, we each have an equal part in growing a most positive and global effect.
—Richard Radstone —