Who Are We?
Global Peace Train is dedicated to telling the stories of underserved communities. We do this by using extended reality technology to provide a creative and immersive approach to telling these stories. Through the power of storytelling we hope to help others understand and unlock their own empathy and to take action.
How It Works?
Each of our projects is represented by an avatar that is linked to a specific cause. The avatars are a key part of our storytelling and help make the causes we support more accessible and easier to understand.
We believe in creating real change with real people and animals. Each of our projects focuses on serving an underserved community. We use virtual reality technology, augmented reality technology, and representative avatars to help bring inspirational stories to life.
Presentville is a virtual world where the Avatars live. They reveal the importance of empathy-building by allowing players to virtually step into new points of view. Experience Presentville in the metaverse or in person at one of our events.
Global Peace Train is a magical train that transcends space and time. It moves between the real world and Presentville, a game world where you can explore world issues and devise solutions. The train delivers tools– resources, education, cutting edge technology– to underserved communities which helps bring our world closer to a utopian vision.
Meet The Avatars
At Global Peace Train we have over 45 avatars that represent the causes that we support. Each avatar is unique and is a key part of helping to tell the stories of these communities. They are an integral part of Presentville (our game world) and the real world and are designed to help you explore real-world issues. Meet some of our avatars below and start exploring how you can help make a difference.
*click round photo to learn more about each avatar
The Foster Avatar was created from interviews and workshops with foster alumni. Current privacy laws keep foster youth and families from sharing photos and videos of the children which often leads to them feeling invisible and disempowered. Global Peace Train, in partnership with Fostering Great Ideas, is developing an augmented reality tool that will be used for foster youth to tell their stories anonymously, help them feel less invisible, and contribute to bettering the current foster care system.
There are so many causes to support that we couldn’t choose just one. Since 2009 we have helped support over 14 communities in 9 different countries. In order to help tell these stories we’ve created detailed case studies that highlight each of these communities and the overall impact of our efforts.
Supplies for Children in BA
Global Peace Train was founded in 2009. Our first project took place in BA, Argentina. We delivered needed supplies to children in the slums, children in an orphanage, and filmed the process to raise awareness for our local nonprofit partners.
A Truck for a Lakota Family
In 2012, Global Peace Train gifted a Toyota truck to a Lakota family. We performed needed maintenance on the vehicle every year and offered the family a new way to help their community and make money at the same time.
Star Quilt Giveaway
During a Presentville Show in 2016, Global Peace Train gave away over $10,000 worth of Lakota Star Quilts. As instructed by the Medicine Man guiding the project, we gifted the quilts to honor individuals and raise awareness about Lakota culture.
A Sammy Bear Home
In 2018, Global Peace Train facilitated a fundraiser which raised $40,000 and a 0% interest loan to purchase a home that now provides affordable housing to a long-time volunteer who suddenly found himself homeless and others in need of affordable housing.
Microloan Training & Delivery
In 2010, Global Peace Train facilitated business training for over 100 women in the slums of Kenya. We delivered microloans to help the women start businesses and uplift themselves from poverty.
120 Quilts Made by the Lakota
In 2011, we built an ecommerce website to help Lakota women sell their traditional star quilts. We sold dozens of quilts on the site and facilitated the sale of 120 quilts from the Lakota of Pine Ridge Reservation to the Fort Mackay First Nations in Canada to honor their elders.
Created the Weeping Woman
In 2016, the Weeping Woman Avatar was created to help empower women. She provides an opportunity for women to draw attention to injustice in our world and create real-world change.
Sammy Bear Eco Home
In 2019, 3 volunteers and many donors rallied to build a 15-foot prototype for the second Sammy Bear Home which we plan to build on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Presentville is the digital game world where players board the Global Peace Train, meet world-changing avatars, and learn about Global Peace Train projects. Players can access Presentville in 2D or 360 videos, during in-person immersive art experiences, or in the virtual world through a virtual reality headset or augmented reality device.
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We identify and support marginalized communities who have been ostracised and ignored by society.
We are committed to identify and support marginalized communities globally.
Our volunteers organize grassroots efforts, perform at live events, and develop avatars to generate community support.
We become advocates for these communities by holding events to help raise awareness, empathy, and support for these communities