The Global Family Reunion is a one-of-a-kind event that will be featured in a book by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs and a documentary by Morgan Spurlock. It will be the biggest family reunion in history, with at least 5,000 people. The announcement has been featured in the New York Times and NPR (links below).
The Global Family Reunion
When: Saturday, June 6, 2015
What: The Global Family Reunion is a free event conceived by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs. It will be a family reunion meets a TED conference meets Burning Man (without the nudity or drugs). There will be presentations by celebrities and famous scientists. There will be music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock is making a feature-length documentary about the event.
Even if you can’t come in person, sign up for the live-stream and be a part of history.
Who: The event is open to the public. Every one of my seven billion relatives on planet earth is encouraged to join us. We are all cousins, if you go back far enough. Those cousins who have a proven relationship to A.J. (see below) will get a bracelet and take part in the record-breaking Largest Family Photo.
Where: The amazing New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York, the site of the 1961 World’s Fair. The interior holds 5,000 people and the 11-acres outside hold many more. There are cool science exhibits, a mini-golf course, a science-themed playground and much more. Very kid-friendly. http://nysci.org/
The Cause: Curing Alzheimer’s Disease. The Global Family Reunion has teamed with the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (a 501c3 organization with the top rating on Charity Navigator) to help conquer this devastating genetic disease that afflicts 60 million members of the human family. http://curealz.org/
The Hope: Once we realize we’re all related, perhaps we’ll treat each other with more kindness. Only together can we solve the big problems, including Alzheimer’s.
The Attendees: I am hoping for at least 5,000 attendees. The current record for family reunions is 4,500. Thanks to the revolutions in DNA testing and crowdsourced genealogy on sites like Geni.com and Wikitree, I have found thousands of cousins and hope to find thousands more. They are encouraged to go to my website and register.
I am also the author of books such as The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All.
More info here
Also, you can read about it in an article I wrote for the New York Times
Or listen on NPR