“There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast.”
Why We’re Walking
The walk’s focus was to inspire a message towards common humanity and encouraging our Nation, especially the next generation, to walk to the middle and find common ground. To illustrate the potency of a focus on commonalities, John was willing to take simple positive actions while walking a challenging, uncommon path on common ground to connect with shared humanity, which he knows is deep-rooted in our pledge towards indivisibility.
Making a Difference Every Day
Our Pledge to Look, Listen, Learn
Our Pledge to Shape a Voice
Our Pledge to Document and Share
Based on conversations along the way, our goal was to open a window to the possibilities of stronger national unity, as a counter to the current pull to divide, ultimately respecting the power and privilege of the pen, the camera and the written word.
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A Walk Through the Middle, Down the Center
FOSH officially launched in summer of 2021 when founder John Inserra took his first steps on the 4th of July in a 1700-mile, 120-day walking journey from Westhope, North Dakota to Hope, Texas. The purpose behind the WALK was to slow life down to a walking pace, connected with strangers in over 75 towns, through 6 states, straight down the book spine of our country, on foot, at eye level, in first person, concentrating solely on what we all have in common; walk to the center to find common ground, looking, listening, and learning, documenting the entire journey, shaping a voice, and building a base of appropriate educational content and programming to later share in our schools, at all levels, promoting a national unifying dynamic influenced through shared humanity.
Sharing humanity, every day.
Gifts Every Morning and Every Night, Never to be Taken for Granted
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John’s Daily Message STRAIGHT FROM THE ROAD’S SHOULDER
We followed along each day as John shared common ground.