The annual meeting organized by OAK STORIES that aims to share with the public the creation processes of the OAK team and other fellow National Geographic Explorers. During a entire day, we will gather National Geographic Explorers and a representative of the Society to hold a total of 4 conferences, a roundtable and a networking space.
All cities are vulnerable to severe impacts from a range of shocks and stresses that can be both natural and human made. Today, cities and city inhabitants are facing additional and amplified challenges as a result of rapid urbanization, climate change and political instability.
Iceland is a land of pagan legends with incomparable landscapes full of mystery, and with a popular belief deeply rooted in the existence of the so-called “hidden people.” The isolation in which the island has been plunged for hundreds of years has caused geneticists around the world to study “the purity of their race”, although there are those who define it as a “great inbreeding”.
D.OAK is an annual publication that compiles the projects we have developed as a documentary production company and agency. A series of collectibles that seeks to share our experience as storytellers with our readers who might have wondered what the stories behind the projects are.
Matagi are traditional hunters living in small villages and settlements in the highlands of northern Honshu, Japan’s main island. Since its origins, back in the mid XVI century, they have made a living selling meat, skins and other products derived from hunting.
Community and family are of great importance in the Faroe Islands. The weight of traditions is so excessive that, inevitably, dilemmas and problems closely linked to homophobia, gender equality, or xenophobia emerge.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the extraction of rubber latex and its commercialization to produce bicycle and automobile tires led to a widespread expansion of European colonization in the Amazon rainforest. These caused cultural and social transformations, which were especially dramatic for the indigenous populations.DISCOVER
The problem of land tenure in Colombia is the country’s oldest conflict. The struggle for control over the land’s wealth, and the right to exploit its resources, is an ongoing dispute in which the weakest link struggles for survival.DISCOVER
In Benin, there is an active illegal petrol trafficking network from Nigeria whose origins date to 1970. Benin does not have enough gas stations to supply its population, and the existing ones cannot compete with the low prices set by smugglers.DISCOVER
The first chapter of our long-term project NORDEN is focussed on loneliness, emotional isolation, and sentimental repression in Finnish society. These problems intensify when people start drinking to cope with them. The excessive consumption of alcohol is present in more than half of the cases of suicide, homicide and gender violence.