Curate connections that matter

 
 
Meet Amy Bean, our Dallas_Curator, as photographed by  Hunter Lacey  from  Dallas Doing Good .

Meet Amy Bean, our Dallas_Curator, as photographed by Hunter Lacey from Dallas Doing Good.

Help stitch the world together

The diversity of human experience is a source of joy, strength, and possibility for all of us. Portals help communities around the globe embrace diversity and acknowledge what we all have in common.

To connect its community to the world, every Portal needs a Curator – a Shared_Studios staff member who shapes dialogues and facilitates each Portal encounter.

Portal_Curators design Portal connections to meet the needs of the people around them, and aim to share the richness of their community with the world.

Sam, Curator of the Mexico City Portal.

Sam, Curator of the Mexico City Portal.

Now, more than ever

Rather than enrich our lives, many of the technologies that promised to bring us together have driven us apart.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

We can respond to this moment by building something better. We can create something that ties communities together and empowers everyone.

That’s why we’re building an international team of Portal Curators. As a Portal Curator, you will give your community the chance to access the diversity of human experience.

 

Help us forge connections between people who would otherwise never meet


 

A global network

Rami and Sami in Erbil, Iraq.

Rami and Sami in Erbil, Iraq.

Humans, not algorithms

Portals form a global network of spaces staffed by local community members - Curators.

Think of Curators like librarians for the world. Neil Gaiman wrote that Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, but only librarian can bring you back the right one. Portals do the same, but for human perspective.

The internet has no shortage of voices, but as a Portal Curator, you’ll help your community find the right one.

Ellen, Curator of the Oakland_Portal, speaks to Portalgoers in Dallas. Photograph by  Hunter Lacey  from  Dallas Doing Good .

Ellen, Curator of the Oakland_Portal, speaks to Portalgoers in Dallas. Photograph by Hunter Lacey from Dallas Doing Good.

A global resource for local communities

In Portals, we’re creating a new kind of civic infrastructure.

When your community wants to learn about Rwandan dance, you’ll help connect them to dancers in Kigali. You’ll work with your communities to see the Portal as a resource that they can rely on to encounter the diversity of the world.

When the world wants to hear from your Portal, you’ll bring forth the voices of the people around you. You’ll find the perspectives that the world needs to hear.

By working in your community, you’ll help share your community’s perspective, voice, and local expertise with the world.


Who we are

Matthieu, our Dallas_Curator, photographed by  Hunter Lacey  from  Dallas Doing Good .

Matthieu, our Dallas_Curator, photographed by Hunter Lacey from Dallas Doing Good.

Join our global family

The global Portals community is filled with Curators on (nearly!) every continent (Antarctica is tricky.)

They come from a wide range of backgrounds. Interpreters, entrepreneurs, technologists, academics, activists, and teachers make up a network that expands and becomes more diverse every day.

Curators speak English as well as the languages local to their Portal, are naturally curious, and always have a global perspective.

When you join Shared_Studios you join a close-knit global community. By the time you’ve settled in, you’ll have friends from Gaza to Honduras, Sweden to Nairobi.


Help us build something that lasts — a human infrastructure for our interconnected age.