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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

BRYAN McTIERNAN

BRYAN McTIERNAN

Community Outreach

Bryan McTiernan is an activist and educator who believes that art is a powerful tool for igniting social change. As a musician himself, he finds inspiration in Borderless’ mission to promote global unity through song. Bryan also has a passion for causes that advocate for workers’ rights and housing justice. He supports progressive political campaigns with his expertise in communications and community outreach strategies. Bryan is pursuing a BA in Urban and Community Studies at CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

JOHANNA K. TAYLOR

JOHANNA K. TAYLOR

Advisor, Community Organizing

Johanna K. Taylor is an Assistant Professor at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Her work is grounded in a core value of art as catalyzing force advancing justice in daily life; her research pursues questions of cultural equity through the intersection of art, community, policy, and place. Her book The Art Museum Redefined: Power, Opportunity, and Community Engagement (2020) explores museums disrupting organizational hierarchies by sharing decision making with artists and communities. As an arts administrator she worked at the, BRIC Arts|Media, A Blade of Grass, and Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

EVA-TSHAMA MULAJA

EVA-TSHAMA MULAJA

Research & Coordination

Eva-Tshama is moved by the power of cultural unity. Her multi-ethnicity – French, African, Occitan, Lorraine, and Kanioka – has forged her conviction that the only possible future of humanity lies in embracing diversity. Her work with unaccompanied migrant minors and Amnesty International in France helped her advocate for cross-cultural understanding in global justice practices. Eva has a BA in Anthropology, an AD in Criminal Justice, and is pursuing an MA in Urban Studies in Urban Studies at the School of Labor & Urban Studies. She is a Head Teacher for a French immersion playgroup in NYC.

ALEXANDER BLAHA

ALEXANDER BLAHA

Research & Coordination

Alexander believes in the power of cultural practice to reveal our shared humanity and ignite just modes of community organizing. His work with prestigious institutions such as The Martha Graham Dance Company and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, along with time spent as a Hunter College Muse Scholar, helped ground his interest in the civic role of the arts. Now a student of civics and society, Alexander is pursuing an MA in Urban Studies at the School of Labor & Urban Studies (CUNY). He hopes to grow as an urbanist while collaborating with others who are building tomorrow’s thriving human environment.

STEPHAN SAID

STEPHAN SAID

Musician, Host, Co-Founder

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, NBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Al Arabiya, ORF, and Deutsche Welle.

ANUSHAY SAID

ANUSHAY SAID

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Anushay has an extensive background in international development and research, across the world with global development institutions including the World Bank, UN-Habitat, and grassroots NGOs. Her work focuses on cities, urban poverty, governance, accountability, and community empowerment and participatory development. She also teaches graduate studies in public policy at Hunter College, The School of Labor and Urban Studies, and St. Peter’s University, and is active in several projects at The New School University. Anushay was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan.