Over the weekend I had the opportunity to be a part of the first Global Family Reunion. This was the brain child of author, humorist, and all around nice guy, A.J. Jacobs after he received an email from someone claiming he was his 12th cousin. I met A.J. last summer at the World Domination Summit and heard him talk about this project. We chatted briefly and I volunteered to assist on the big day. (You can read more on how this unique event came about in the Wall Street Journal, or check out A.J.’s TED Talk here)
Not only did I have a blast, the proceeds of event went to Alzheimer’s research, so it was a bonus to support this important cause. At the event I acted as a “talent wrangler,” mainly assisting the lovely and gracious Marilu Henner in shepherding the guests for her podcast, and getting them where they needed to be. She had a cool line up of talent on tap to interview, so I got to meet some really interesting folks. Ted Allen (Chopped) is the kinda guy you just want to share a bottle of wine with and hang out, and Sister Sledge – well those gals are just plain fierce (and I never realized how many Sisters there were!).
There was an underlying connection among participants throughout the day. Not surprising, because according to A.J., we’re all cousins. When it comes down to it, we are more alike than different. We all have hopes, dreams and fears. We seek to be appreciated, loved, understood and heard.
With all the craziness happening in the world today, sometimes it’s best to get back to basics.
A.J. attests that if we feel a family-like connection with those around us, we won’t feel alone, and we might just be a bit nicer to one another.
That sounds like a good idea to me. Let’s be kind. Let’s be inclusive.
Why not? After all, We are Family!
Me on the red carpet
Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Mehmet Oz & Tom Chapin;
Marilu Henner, Ted Allen, (me again), and Bill Weir
Selfie with Ted Allen