40 strangers were asked 50 questions

Brave New Films

We’re launching a new campaign exploring the power of conversation and group activity to bring us together and build empathy. We facilitated and filmed a group of 40 strangers who were asked 50 questions. The experience was profound, making an impact on participants and all of us at BNF that worked to make this happen.

Now we’re in the process of translating this compelling footage into a powerful short impact film to share with the world. Will you donate $25 to launch this campaign? For a contribution of $25 or more within the next 12-hours, you get a ‘Special Thanks’ credit on our website.


Some of us go through different life experiences. Some of us perceive things different. But at the end of the day, a lot of us want to live in peace and harmony.”

Click here
to see an actual exit interview with one of the participants.

We have never done anything like this before and because you are a valued member of our community we’re sharing this teaser with you today.

We were inspired when we challenged 40 strangers to stop focusing on their perceived differences, and instead, connect over shared values and commonalities.


I am asking you to join them in this experience by donating $25 right now. If we raise $2,500 within the next 12-hours, we can release this film next week.

Thank you for your support.

Jim Miller, Executive Director

on this day … 6/26 1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.

1096 – Peter the Hermit’s crusaders forced their way across Sava, Hungary.

1243 – The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor was wiped out by the Mongols.

1483 – Richard III usurped himself to the English throne.

1794 – The French defeated an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.

1804 – The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.

1819 – The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr.

1844 – John Tyler took Julia Gardiner as his bride, thus becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.

1870 – The first section of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, was opened to the public.

1894 – The American Railway Union called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers.

1900 – The United States announced that it would send troops to fight against the Boxer rebellion in China.

1900 – A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began the fight against the deadly disease yellow fever.

1907 – Russia’s nobility demanded drastic measures to be taken against revolutionaries.

1908 – Shah Muhammad Ali’s forces squelched the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.

1917 – General John “Black Jack” Pershing arrived in France with the American Expeditionary Force.

1925 – Charlie Chaplin’s comedy “The Gold Rush” premiered in Hollywood.

1926 – A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France was unveiled at St. Nazaire.

1924 – After eight years of occupation, American troops left the Dominican Republic.

1927 – The Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster opened in New York.

1936 – The Focke-Wulf Fw 61 made its first flight. It is often considered the first practical helicopter.

1942 – The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter was flown for the first time.

1945 – The U.N. Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, CA.

1948 – The Berlin Airlift began as the U.S., Britain and France started ferrying supplies to the isolated western sector of Berlin.

1951 – The Soviet Union proposed a cease-fire in the Korean War.

1959 – CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow interviewed Lee Remick. It was his 500th and final guest on “Person to Person.”

1959 – U.S. President Eisenhower joined Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonies officially opening the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1961 – A Kuwaiti vote opposed Iraq’s annexation plans.

1963 – U.S. President John Kennedy announced “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner) at the Berlin Wall.

1971 – The U.S. Justice Department issued a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.

1974 – In Troy, Ohio, a Marsh supermarket installed the first bar code scanning equipment, made by IBM, and a product with a bar code was scanned for the first time. The product was Juicy Fruit gum.

1975 – Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency due to “deep and widespread conspiracy.”

1976 – In Toronto, Canada, the CN Tower opened to the public. The official opening date is listed as October 1, 1976. It was the world’s tallest free-standing stucture and the world’s tallest tower until 2010.

1979 – Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion.

1985 – Wilbur Snapp was ejected after playing “Three Blind Mice” during a baseball game. The incident followed a call made by umpire Keith O’Connor.

1987 – The movie “Dragnet” opened in the U.S.

1996 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support.

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that made it illegal to distribute indecent material on the Internet.

1997 – J.K. Rowlings book “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published in the U.K. The book was later released in the U.S. under the name “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” This was the first book in the Harry Potter series.

1997 – The U.S. Supreme Court upheld state laws that allow for a ban on doctor-assisted suicides.

1998 – The U.S. and Peru open school to train commandos to patrol Peru’s rivers for drug traffickers.

1998 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers are always potentially liable for supervisor’s sexual misconduct toward an employee.

2000 – The Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics Corp. jointly announced that they had created a working draft of the human genome.

2000 – Indonesia’s President Abdurrahman Wahid declared a state of emergency in the Moluccas due to the escalation of fighting between Christians and Muslims.

2001 – Ray Bourque (Colorado Avalanche) announced his retirement just 17 days after winning his first Stanley Cup. Bouque retired after 22 years and held the NHL record for highest-scoring defenseman and playing in 19 consecutive All-Star games.

2002 – WorldCom Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Introducing NextGen Rising ~ Ben Wessel

We are NextGen Rising    The next generation of voters is rising.

We’re motivated. We’re informed. We’re progressive. And we will soon become the largest group of eligible voters in the nation.

Young people overwhelmingly support progressive policies — from fighting climate change by transitioning to 100 percent clean energy, to providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, to preserving access to affordable health care.

NextGen Rising will educate young Americans on where candidates stand on these issues, connecting their everyday lives with the political process — and ultimately paving the way for progressive wins at the ballot box.

What’s next

We’ve hired field staff in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and California — and we’ll be expanding to Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada in the coming months. We’ll work on campuses and in communities to equip young people with the hard skills and winning strategies they need to be effective organizers in the age of Trump.

Ready to get involved?

Sign up to receive updates from NextGen Rising.
We’ll send you updates on what we’re doing in the field, hiring announcements, and other opportunities to engage.

Sign up to volunteer with our texting program.
Field organizing will be the heart of our youth program, but we are committed to reaching young people wherever they are — especially on their phones.

Help us spread the word.
We’re excited about this — and we hope you are, too!


Ben Wessel
NextGen Rising