A Declaration of Interdependence

A Declaration of Interdependence was our first experiment in global collaborative filmmaking. The outcome blew us away, and helped us pioneer “Cloud Filmmaking.”


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First we rewrote the U.S. Declaration of Independence to be A Declaration of Interdependence, and posted the script online. Read the script

Then we asked people all over the world to film themselves reading the script in their native language, and to send us the videos. We also asked artists to interpret the words and ideas, and send in artwork.

This is the film that unfolded. With music by Moby, animations by Stefan Nadelman, directed by Tiffany Shlain, and user-generated videos and graphics from all over the globe, A Declaration of Interdependence demonstrates the vast potential of collaboration in the 21st century. See complete list of credits and participants from all over the world.


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Free Customized Films for schools and nonprofits

In the spirit of interdependence, we will customize a version of the film with your logo and call to action at the end. Use it on social media, at an event, as a fundraiser, or any other way you'd like. We have created over 1500 of these customized films for schools and nonprofits all over the world. See the list of organizations already using the film.

Help Translate:

A Declaration of Interdependence has been volunteer translated into nearly 70 languages. (On the bottom right-hand corner of the video above, click the CC icon and scroll down to see the languages). Help the film spread to even more parts of the world by helping us translate.

Email chris@letitripple.org to translate.

A Declaration of Interdependence premiered on Interdependence Day September 12, 2011, simultaneously live at Interdependence Day in New York City near Ground Zero, and online as Youtube’s featured homepage video. Interdependence Day is held every year on September 12th, the day after 9/11, to celebrate our interdependence. It has taken place in places such as Paris, Casablanca, Mexico City, Brussels, Istanbul, and Berlin.

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