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The borderless docu-series follows host musician/activist Stephan Said as he travels the globe discovering stories of courage and creativity in the face of inequality, conflict, migration, poverty, extremism, racism, climate change and more. Through the borderless docu-series , digital platform and cultural & educational programs, we feature and connect people at the frontlines of the world’s pressing crises.

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borderless has followed Stephan to Iraq on the eve of ISIS invasion to work with youth working to heal their country, to Pakistan where 1000’s joined him for a concert for unity, to refugee camps across Greece where he made the music video “No More Lines” live in Eko Camp with people from 9 countries, to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and Charlottesville, Virginia after white supremacy riots there shook the community and country. Now, Stephan and borderless are aiming to go to the next level and produce an non-stop, ongoing series for 2019 following Stephan to 8 or more locations across the world per season.

borderless is created by difrent:, Inc, a global media company and institute producing content and programs that bridge culture, socio-economic development and media to catalyze creative solutions for a more equal and open global society. difrent: connects out world through creative content.

difrent:, Inc. is sponsored by The Global Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation helping to create and distribute media “to promote and foster public awareness of the peoples, culture and current affairs of nations throughout the world.” All contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Meet Our Team

STEPHAN SAID

STEPHAN SAID

Co-Creator, Producer, Host

Stephan is a musician and activist whose songs have helped build movements for peace, human rights, and global justice across the world – from the anti-war to anti-police brutality movements, the Seattle demonstrations to the Arab Spring, Occupy, and more. Called “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” by Billboard Magazine and compared to a Bruce Springsteen or Bob Marley for the global age, he has released several albums on both major and independent labels. Stephan has been featured in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The New Yorker, NPR, PRI, BBC, Democracy Now!, Al Arabiya, ORF, and Deutsche Welle.

ANUSHAY SAID

ANUSHAY SAID

Co-Creator, Producer, Content Director

Anushay is an international development and research professional. She has worked across multiple regions from East Asia to South America with global development institutions including the World Bank, UN-Habitat, grassroots NGOs as well as on independent research. Her work focuses on cities; on issues of urban poverty, governance, accountability, and community and participatory development, among others. She is currently completing her PhD in Urban Policy at The New School in New York. Anushay was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan.

RORY O’CONNOR

RORY O’CONNOR

Executive Producer

Rory is an award-winning author, journalist and filmmaker, whose programming has aired on leading networks in more than one hundred countries – from ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and FOX in the U.S. to the BBC, RAI, NHK, National Geographic and many others internationally. He the author of three books and his articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Newsweek, and numerous other publications. O’Connor has numerous awards including a George Polk Award, a Writer’s Guild Award, a George Orwell Award and two Emmys, among other honors.