Tony Curatolo is the founder of Mass Awareness Project; here is a link to his website:
Q: What is the Mass Awareness Project?
A: The Mass Awareness Project is more difficult to characterize than most organizations due to its multifaceted nature. The best way to describe it is a community of likeminded people who have made it their mission to create an awareness platform that will be a friend to all who want to change the world for the better or are simply searching for knowledge of world issues. We are doing this in a lot of different ways and through many varying forms of media.
For instance, we will be hosting a TV show in the Portland area with the help of our friends at Portland Community Media. The show will focus on highlighting many of the world’s problems, pointing out the facts and what we could or should do about them. The show will also feature groups that are trying to make a difference like Children of Peace International, The Bloom Project, The Ingenuity Innovation Center and many more.
In addition, we are having great success developing a social media presence through several platforms; Instagram being the most popular thus far. We haven’t been on Instagram 2 full months yet, but we already have nearly 1800 followers. We want to continue building our social media presence so that eventually, any organization that is raising funds for a good cause can contact us and we will be able to spread the word to a network thousands strong with just a few clicks of the mouse. All 100% Free. And it will remain that way as long as the Mass Awareness Project is around.
We are also developing our own website that will feature original articles and news about our organization.
Q: What inspired you to start the project?
A: When I first started thinking about it, the concept was a simple web series that addressed world issues. It sounded like a creative way to make a difference and a fun way to spend my free time. I thought about it for years and never really tried to develop it. A few months ago I posted an ad on Craigslist just to see if anyone would be interested in working on a project like that. Overnight I was contacted by nearly 100 people. I have to say I was stunned. I never planned for that kind of response. Very quickly I realized that I might have stumbled on to something and the idea grew from there. Now we have a real chance to make a difference in the world.
Q: What kind of educational background do you have and how will it help with the project?
A: I went to college, but as a Music Performance major and I didn’t finish. My real education was my experience in the business world. I managed several successful businesses in several different industries and learned much of how the world works and what it takes to be successful. My real talent was always bringing people together and orienting them towards a common goal. I’ve done this with sales forces, marketing teams, call centers, construction companies and many more. Now, I do it for the Mass Awareness Project.
Q: What kind of day job do you have right now?
A: I run a small online business from home and work part time as a HCA to pay the bills. The bulk of my time is spent on the Mass Awareness Project.
Q: What kind of stories are you looking for on your web-series?
A: What I have found is that there are inspirational people all around us.
We are looking to promote anyone who has a project or story that could benefit the world. This could include inventors, non-profit organizations, farmers, business owners, politicians, victims of crime and anyone else who has a voice that needs to be heard.
Q: You are currently taking submissions to your video series. What is the most popular topic people want to talk about?
A: Many of the topics have something to do with the environment. It’s a huge issue right now and it will be until humanity decides to stop abusing our planet. Many topics are political like Citizens United or the power of lobbyists on Washington. Education and Equality are also huge priorities.
Q: Who is in your team of writers?
A: I really lucked out. Derek Poe, Bryan Fuehrer and Paul Norberg have joined the project and have been absolutely amazing to work with. We collaborate on every script and all though we all come from different backgrounds and our views differ we have yet to have a real disagreement. Everyone checks their ego at the door and we get a ton of work done.
Q: What is the most unusual problem someone has approached you with?
A: Someone asked if we could help spread awareness of the real meaning of parkour! Really funny, but not quite what we are looking for though.
Q: Does the project endorse any particular candidate in the presidential election?
Q: What issues are the most important to you personally?
A: I am an Italian immigrant and didn’t speak English until I was 11 years old. I lost my accent a long time ago and most people I meet can’t tell I’m foreign any more. Still, when I was young, I got to feel racism first hand and was treated differently by many of my peers and teachers. Even as a Caucasian child it was difficult. Too many people deal with so much worse than I had to every day for a variety of bogus reasons. The way you talk, the color of your skin, your sexual orientation do not make you better or worse than anyone else. Inequality and racism will be at the top of my list of issues until they are abolished for this reason.
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