Rock stars, presidents, kids, scientists, artists, explorers, eco-celebrities, teachers, business leaders...even the Dalai Lama and the Pope have received blue marbles.
Born one day in 2009, the wildly popular, absurdly simple, neuroscience-based initiative of marine biologist Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, has shared blue marbles around the world with millions of people in celebration of our beautiful, fragile, planet.
Now, The Blue Marbles Project has set out to pass a blue marble through every person's hand on earth, with a simple message of gratitude along with it.
We've had MANY fun conversations with folks about a fancier website, marble tracking technology, embedded chips, scannable codes. But we always come back to the beauty of you. And your blue marble. The good you do. Your creative words and images. And the gratitude you would like to share with someone dear.
So, the "rules" remain pure and simple.
1. The marble must be blue (any shade, preferably glass).
2. When you get one, give it away to someone as a token of gratitude (whenever you like).
3. Share your story with the world (however you like).
Just play the Blue Marble game! Don't overthink it. You'll love it.
Contact Julie Starke to get some blue marbles for yourself, your classrom or event, and start spreading blue gratitude.
You can get blue marbles to share anywhere you find them (online, toy stores, antique shops, your closet). But when you get your blue marbles from the Blue Marbles Project they come in a great little mesh bag with cards to pass along with them, plus Julie will personally help you with any custom needs for your event or campaign (she's the best).
And by getting your marbles this way your purchase allows us to give away even more blue marbles at events and in schools all over the world! Not to mention that they are made in Ohio and West Virginia from recycled glass.
We think the blue marble is the ultimate 'socio-physical media' app in the REAL world. But if you like this stuff you can also join the Blue Marbles Project in the virtual world on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and find out who, why, and where people have shared blue marbles recently. The stories really are very cool.
"As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart." - James Irwin, American Astronaut
"Long and long has the grass been growing,
Long and long has the rain been falling,
Long has the globe been rolling round."
- Song of the Exposition by Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.” - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
"Perhaps the most indespensible thing we can do as human beings, every day of our lves, is remind ourselves and others of our complexity, fragility, finiteness, and uniqueness." - Antonio Damasio, Descartes' Error
"You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop." - Rumi
"Because the world is round it turns me on. Because the world is round." -John Lennon
"Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do" -David Bowie, Space Oddity
PS If you couldn't tell, we super-like creative ideas. That's how this whole wildly expanding blue marble thing works. Got a fun idea to share? Let's talk and make it happen.
PPS Join us for 100 Days of BLUE, Summer 2014!