It’s only been a few days since we announced Every Point on the Map, but we’ve been asked quite a few very good questions.
These range from the, “Where are you going to start first?” types (geographical) to the “How are you going to decide who to interview?” (logistical) kind. Here are a few others we’ve encountered:
- How are you going to fund this project?
- Who have you contacted to publicize your work?
- What kind of documentation are you going to do (I like video best; or, I like photos best; or, you’re going to write, right??)?
- Could I ride with you during one of your trips?
- Are you going to write a book? Make an installment at a museum?
- What about passing along a gift from one stop to the next, kind of like geocaching, only different?
Holy Road Trip, Batman – we have some decisions to make, eh?
I will say that we’ve begun to sort many of these decisions out. For example, we’ll be rolling out a Kickstarter fundraising opportunity to bankroll our first year on Monday of next week. We’ve been working with Tree & Leaf designer Dusty Gilpin on our project logo. And, we’ll be introducing the project on Oklahoma Horizon TV and through other media or publication outlets as we are ready. I’ve even outlined various legs of the trip so we can be efficient, cover a good amount of ground, and locate places to spend the night from time to time if needed.
In other words, the answers to these questions are coming together, slowly but surely. And, we’ll cover each of them in individual posts as they are ready to share. But there is one we’re still mulling and we could quite frankly use your help. Here’s the deal…
It’s VERY important for us to emerge at the end of the project with a wide-spread story of the unique, yet usually unfeatured (read: plain folk), Oklahomans who live in our great state. Therefore, we can’t exactly follow the Georgia Rambler model. He went into each town and asked, “Who is interesting and has a story to tell.” We’re avoiding this model because we genuinely believe EVERY person is interesting and has a story to tell.
But how do we be fair about our selection? Random and unprovoked by outside suggestions? How do we let the project reveal who it reveals, as opposed to let emotionally or financially invested individuals sway our decisions? And, how do we up our chances of influencing those we request to speak with to say “yes” … even though they may be very unfamiliar with publicity, telling their stories, or wishing to have any attention?
One of our ideas is simply to roll the dice. Literally. I mean, drive to the crossroads at the center of every town, then roll the dice to determine whether we head north, south, east or west to find our participant. We could roll again for odd or even addresses. And again for how far away from the town we go before choosing a residence. But…there are problems with this methods.
And, what if we use the “heartbeat of the community” method where we just walk into a convenience store or diner and start asking around. Did we limit the possibilities at that point? Yes. Some people wander into town very little, and those who stay home a great deal may have some of the most interesting stories to tell.
So, what do YOU think. How can we meet our goals of being: random, representative, fair, safe (always a factor) and unique? We’re interested to year your thoughts!