The Million Person Project (MPP) is a global project about love, storytelling and connecting change makers. Through one-on-one coaching, workshops, and The Story Academy, MPP supports change makers to identify and own their personal story relating to their work, in order to powerfully share it and move any audience to action.
Million Person project started as a project to help 1 million people globally change the world by telling their story. Since 2011 Heather + Julian have worked with over 3000 change makers from 69 countries - authors, TED speakers, activists, students, entrepreneurs and more.
Hi, we're Heather and Julian. We are a couple in life, in love and work! We are two Northern Cali natives living in San Francisco. We are fascinated by how authentic personal stories can transform a room, a relationship, an organization or the world. We believe that now more than ever, we must bring our full selves to the work that we're most passionate about. Helping people find the role of their story in that process is what gets us fired up every morning.
We've had the true privilege of coaching and training all over the world and it's informed our belief that this work is for everyone. The beautiful thing about stories is that they are truly universal. When we aren't working we are listening to music and dancing (because Julian is an awesome DJ), having a great meal, or hanging with our friends and family (especially our new nephew Fitzgerald!).
We have witnessed first hand how much freedom comes from being all of who you are and we are so excited to help you find the same freedom and excitement.
riding his awesome green bike.
music music music.
Swimming in the river back in Humboldt.
writing exceedingly honest articles that she is now putting in a book.
Her alter ego named Joan who is a sommelier.
Hi! I’m Amy, and I am a super nerd on all things story. I think in words, I wake up with poems in my head, I even host storytelling nights on my front porch in Missoula, MT. I have been fascinated by stories of all genres and mediums my whole life, but I really came to understand their power in healthcare and healing. Much of what I know about story today, I learned from people in pain. Stories set people free. There is no quicker way to someone’s heart, no quicker way to connection, no deeper way to understand someone, yourself, than to share story.
Working with the Million Person Project has been a dream come true – working with people to excavate their truth and claim their power has been one of the great honors of my life. I love to tell stories. But what I love the most? Is seeing people soar with their stories. This world is so thirsty for truth, for vulnerability, for story. This work is inclusive, everyone has what it takes, and everyone needs what it yields. Stories have this ripple effect on the world, and believe me when I say: we are only just starting to make waves. Story on!
Wine tasting with Joan the sommelier
Skiing, biking, running, rafting
Writing songs + playing guitar
Deep conversations at inappropriate times
Sean A. Watkins (he/him/they | IG: @seanieboyy) is a communications consultant, master storyteller, writer, and owner of Watkins Agency of Joy LLC. With almost a decade of experience across the nonprofit and social justice movement worlds, he is a dedicated believer in a better world and leads with wholistic instincts, matched with a keen eye and ear. As a consultant, he implements holistic strategies to help organizations and groups bring their visions to life and engage audiences online. As a facilitator and public speaker, he taps into the energy of any audience connecting story and purpose to inspire action for all involved.
After first finding his voice as a high school foreign exchange student in Brazil, he joined the workforce as a millennial content creator and social media specialist. The former Campaign Manager for The Solutions Project, a clean energy nonprofit and media campaign co-founded by actor Mark Ruffalo, he was responsible for seeking out everyday champions across the country and celebrating their leadership with surprise billboards, Hollywood shoutouts, and videos over social media. Working with groups of all sizes, he has supported dozens of organizations around the world to harness the power of social media in new and sophisticated ways to establish their digital footprints. A graduate of Michigan State University's James Madison College, he also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the movement-building organization, Center for Story-based Strategy, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Learning Beyoncé choreography
Seeing new places around the world
Laughing with friends
Deep conversations with people he just meets
Lydia D. Avila is from a working-class suburb of Los Angeles County, a first generation Mexican-American, and an organizer first and foremost. Lydia has spent most of her career immersed in the US climate movement and most recently served as the Executive Director of the Power Shift Network. Lydia attended UCLA for her undergraduate education where she was involved with student-initiated, student-run social justice service organizations. After college, she was a community organizer for the Sierra Club in Texas where she led two major “Beyond Coal” campaigns. In 2015 Lydia earned a Master of Public Administration degree at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, specializing in nonprofit management. Lydia is currently a freelance consultant focused on training, facilitation and capacity building for mission-driven organizations. She works from her home in Los Angeles accompanied by her plump cat, King Louie.
Cooking for and feeding loved ones
A cold, spicy-rim margarita on a patio
Traveling to places with breathtaking beaches
We've spent a month on the ground in Vietnam, South Africa, Brazil, Turkey, Uganda, Sweden and across the Pacific Islands. The storytellers we have worked with have gone on to speak at United Nations conferences for the first time, shared their perspective on CNN and BBC, presented keynote addresses at global gatherings, TedX, Ted Main Stage and more. Some of our partners include: 350.org, Black Girls Code, Envision Education, Miami High Water Line Project, Catalyst Week Vegas, Kikandwa Environmental Organization and New York’s City Growers.