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World Listening Project

Annual World Listening Day: 18 July

aka WLP   |   CHICAGO, IL   |  https://www.worldlisteningproject.org/

Mission

THE WORLD LISTENING PROJECT (WLP) is devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording. The WLP maintains a website and online forum about its artistic and educational activities. These include the use of radio and web-based technologies, conducting public workshops, forums, and lectures, as well as participating in exhibitions, symposiums, and festivals.

Notes from the nonprofit

The World Listening Project is a 501c3 charitable organization devoted to understanding the world and its natural environment, societies and cultures through the practices of listening and field recording. The WLP maintains a website and online forum about its artistic and educational activities. These include the use of radio and web-based technologies, conducting public workshops, forums, and lectures, as well as participating in exhibitions, symposiums, and festivals. Learn more about us at https://www.worldlisteningproject.org/about-us/

Ruling year info

2013

President & Board Chair

Mr. Alex Braidwood

Main address

1322 W SHERWIN AVENUE

CHICAGO, IL 60626 USA

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EIN

32-0271008

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In a culture that privileges vision over other senses and ways of understanding the world, the soundscape and aurality have long been ignored. Technological innovations in sound recording and awareness of environmental changes have led to concern with the impact of sound upon people and all other living organisms. Beyond music there is a world of sound that are making and listening to, but also many of our sounds destroy the health of others. Few others are concerned with the impact of noise in health, human and animal communications, etc.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

World Listening Day

July 18th is the birth date of renowned Canadian composer, music educator, and author, R. Murray Schafer. His World Soundscape Project developed the fundamental ideas and practices of acoustic ecology in the 1970s. These inform the current, burgeoning interest in our changing acoustic environment. Thus, World Listening Day honors Schafer’s contribution to understanding our world. Since its inception in 2010, dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

World Forum for Acoustic Ecology 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Work status and occupations, Age groups

Related Program

World Listening Day

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

World Listening Day 2021 participation doubled in size, occurring in 147 cities, data collection is underway. With leadership change activity was maintained in 2022, with more in person live events.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The awareness that the WLP seeks to promote helps to understand the relationships, and find a balance between sound makers and listeners. Listening is something we do, to be experienced by making. Educational efforts combine the knowledge and experiences of science and art. In the words of the renowned bioacoustician Bernie Krause, "A few remaining societies in our vast world know how to listen. It is an inherent part of their existence – one in which the received soundscapes of the forests, high plains, deserts, mountains and coastal regions combine seamlessly with the visual, olfactory, and tactile senses. In some tropical regions, dependence on acoustic perception supersedes that of all the others. Natural soundscapes serve as the inspiration for their song and dance. It heals them physically and spiritually. Western society bases most of what it knows on the visual. We actually “hear” what we “see.” The World Listening Project aims to transform that perception in our otherwise urban centric and abstracted lives. At a time when we are facing not only a silent spring, but a silent summer, fall and winter, as well, it is clear that where a picture is worth a thousand words, a soundscape may soon be worth a thousand pictures."

Public engagement and participation in the arts and sciences are critically important. The annual World Listening Day on July 18 draws together a global community of cultural institutions and individuals who interpret and plan activities around a theme devised by an artist. We also support and endorse projects through partnerships.

Since 2015 we have been honored to have a diverse group of acclaimed sound artists and composers creating the annual theme for World Listening Day: "H2O" by Leah Barclay from Australia, “Sounds Lost and Found” by Emeka Ogboh from Nigeria, “Listening to the Ground” by Pauline Oliveros (USA 1932-2016), FUTURE LISTENING by Filipino sound artist Teresa Barrozo, and "Listening With" by Annea Lockwood from the United States. Their participation was achieved on the strength of the idea and help from our small volunteer staff.

Since its inception in 2010, dozens of organizations and thousands of people from six continents have participated in World Listening Day. Among the ways we may grow future participation is in real time tracking to offer immediate visual (maps) and audio information on where and how many are participating in World Listening Day.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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World Listening Project

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Alex Braidwood

Iowa State University

Term: 2022 - 2025

Gurkan Maruf Mihci

IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design

Dan Godston

Independent Artist

JL Simonson

The Pauline Oliveros Trust

Ana Mora

PhD Student Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura

Diana Chester

University of Sydney

Deirdre Harrison CFRE

Big Dipper Projects, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/29/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.