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New Orleans, Day 8

Today was amazing. Definitely the best day on the Roadtrip so far!

New Orleans is a blast. I got some great background footage and I shot at least half a dozen clips of Maya interviewing some really interesting characters we met. She's really getting good at feeling out the moment and coming up with just the right questions that coax out some really profound insights. Definitely stuff we can use for the vlog and maybe even for the documentary.

The interviews were so inspiring that we thought of some really good skit ideas on the ride back to the motel this afternoon. There might be a scene we can shoot tomorrow if we get a chance to flesh it out a bit more tonight, but it's kind of late as we just got back from the show.

The show was awesome! Maya blew them away. They loved her! She's really got The Better World Girl-schtick down now - I think we've come up with the perfect balance of mixing the set with her old music and the new Better World Girl-persona blend of stand-up comedy and humorous songs. The new song we wrote on Monday -- Water You Waiting For? -- really went over well tonight. I think the footage I got was really good enough to use by itself for a music video, but I'll see if we want to mix it with clips we'll get from the next few performances. We'll be back in Austin on Saturday and she'll definitely be shining in front of her home crowd.

Maybe it was just because these were college kids here, and because it was the first show we did hosted by one of the Better World Clubs, but they really got into our whole concept of music and humor to raise awareness about serious issues. A whole bunch of kids came up to Maya, bubbling over with ideas she'd inspired them to think about to do for World Water Day next week. Glad I had the camera running and got some of it.

I just thought of the perfect clip to throw up on the Roadtrip website vlog

Traffic on the site is definitely picking up, by the way. Far from viral, but growing 20,000 hits yesterday on our shoestring roadtrip. Not bad for barely a week in Just wait until we wrap up the first real Roadtrip Webisode. That's when our guerilla- youtube campaign will really begin and we can get serious about driving traffic to the site.

After today, we're both even more excited about this Roadtrip bringing us the exposure we need to raise funding to launch our next pet project: The Better World Show: The Reality Show That Will Change Reality. But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. That's a distant stage two in our plan to change the world. Besides, as far as I'm concerned, the reality show can wait, because we're having a blast right now.

I'm not sure I should bring this up here, but, well, I'll come out and just say it. When I was looking through the camera lens filming Maya up on stage tonight, I really felt well, whole again. I know I only even met her just two months ago, and we're definitely different people with different lives and experiences, but this collaboration has really helped me to move forward and be, well, who I've been trying to be. I can't think of anything else that I'd rather be doing, or anyone else I'd rather be doing it with.

Anyway, after the show, after everyone else had showered her with affection and praise about how she'd deeply moved them, well, I couldn't help myself and I told Maya I love her.

You know what, she smiled and before she even said the words, I knew she felt it too.

I am just so happy to be alive.

© 2015 Robert Alan Silverstein
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The Better World Show
The Reality Show That Will Change Reality

For the past 11 years, I've been wanting to create The Better World Show, a reality show that would inspire action for a better world and provide a way for millions to participate in real-time.

"The Better World Show: The Reality Show That Would Change Reality" would be an SNL-like variety show/reality show that would highlight the many efforts for a better world that are going on, often unseen, all around us, and inspire and empower action through humor, music and cutting-edge and engaging features.

I have hundreds of pages of notes on skits, next steps, a calendar of action, numerous vehicles within the Show and tons of offshoot-ideas. So, in a last ditch effort to try to make this happen before another 11 years go by, I'm putting out this call to either find a team to launch this webseries, or someone who might be interested in writing a series of novels with me based on this concept.

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The Better World Show:
The Reality Show That Will Change Reality

An SNL-like variety show/ reality show, inspiring and empowering a global movement for change in real-time.


Better World Factory
The off-beat behind the scenes exploits of a Team of dreamers, activist-actors and misfits working on The Better World Show webseries' vignettes of humorous skits, inspirational features and original music.

Better World Roadtrip: In Search of Utopia
A roadtrip across America highlighting people, places, organizations and ideas that are helping to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Better World Inc
Misadventures of employees in an Office-type setting working for a Corporation without any products or services but whose sole purpose is to create a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.

Better World 101
Sociology professor teaching from The Better World Handbook, gives his students a semester-long assignment to create a network of Better World Clubs on college campuses around the world and a webseries to inspire and empower the network they've created.

Better World News
A humorously satirical but inspiring take on current events unseen in traditional media outlets.

Better World Band
Music videos and behind the scenes exploits of musicians on tour, performing social-issue based songs.

Better World Girl
Shy dreamer has an alter-ego in her graphic novels about her hipster glasses, beret and scarf-wearing-heroine, The Better World Girl.

The Better World Couple
BetterWorldGuy and BetterWorldGirl engage in a youtube video duel to inspire action for a beter world.

Better World Heroes
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