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 Virtual Photo Walks - Walk the Walk for Those who Can't.

To make a (tax deductible) Donation to Virtual Photo Walks in the USA we are under the umbrella of the Senior Learning Network and Generations Learning for Donations in the USA. 

Virtual Photo Walks organization that uses smartphones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness or disability to travel the world in real time. Thanks to our technology partners and a group of dedicated virtual volunteer guides from all over the world, we're able to make the world bigger and brighter for our community of people with disabilities.  Our hope is through our efforts, we can make a difference in people's lives.

We want to buy more computers for seniors, and folks in our community. Please make a donation so we can get people connected.

To support us, please click on the Donate button at http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/donate/

Virtual Photo Walks 

Be a:Friend $50 - $499

Contributor $500 - $4999

Supporter $5000 plus

or contact us by email at: donate@virtualphotowalks.org

It is a not just a service for those who are hospitalized or cannot go out into the community, but also for the many who just need a break in their day. It is a way to lend a helping hand by providing a window to places and things most of us take for granted. A truly interactive experience.

http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks to see where we have been

John Butterill discovered a way to share his photo walks through video conferencing tools.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Uv7as5ZmI&feature=player_embedded

For the first time, using video conferencing tools combined with the Android, iPhone or other wireless smarts devices enables “virtual” photo walks. Photographers along with a camera can take their circle of friends along on a photo walk and share the experience with people who can't be there.

How to Help Others: Do you know someone that would be helped by this experience have them follow +Virtual Photo Walks   or fill out the form at http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/be-invited-to-virtual-photo-wa/   or contact  +John Butterill  

www.virtualphotowalks.org  for more information

Photographers to sign up use the form in the link below.

http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/sign-up-to-be-a-vpw-photograph/ 

Please follow The Crohns Colitis Effect and Frank Garufi Jr.  one of the most inspiring men, and helped create the Virtual Photo Walks page. 

How it Works: John Butterill: I use a rig  it slides onto the camera connecting to what is called the hot shoe where you would mount a flash on a camera.  

This allows people using video conferencing tools to direct the photographer, and see the same view he does. It is not needed to do a tour but does increases the interactivity. More Equipment Solutions: What you need at the bottom of this page.

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Get involved today - How can you help:

Visit www.virtualphotowalks.org

Tell us how you want to help. 

www.virtualphotowalks.org to sign up to be a VPW photographer.

You Tube Videos

http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks to see where we have been

Follow us on https://www.facebook.com/VirtualPhotoWalks as well

How Virtual Photo Walks came about

Virtual Photo Walks came into existence as a result of a series of random events. I was out for a walk. As we chatted in the hangout I was also trying to manage my iPhone and the Nikon D7000 at the same time.

We talked about having an extension arm on the phone or something to make handling the phone easier to handle. After the hangout I was looking at my camera and the phone and suddenly realized that all that was needed was a hot shoe adapter. IPhone case, and an adapter that allows it to sit on a tripod I used it to do our walks.                                             

With the iPhone mounted in this way I went for my next walk, I fortunately, came upon a Barred owl and thought I would show it to my friends on Google+  . +Andy Gray took some screenshots of that and posted them with his comments on his page.

+Andy Gray  -  Feb 6, 2012 (edited)  -  Public

We had an interesting Hangout earlier as we joined our friend +John Butterill on a walk through the Canadian countryside spotting wildlife to photograph. To broadcast these John uses an #iPhone mounted on an iPhone holder attached to the hotshoe on his +Nikon DSLR, which kinda makes the whole thing look like someone wielding a bazooka in a 1st person shooter to us!

At the point you see below he was photographing a Barred Owl (Not a Barn Owl as previously stated). He's since posted an excellent shot of the owl perched in a tree from later in his wildlife walk. We were all kind of excited because we realized this was a new way of going on photo shoot.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/ 106837773805813749834/ 111835024921462866899/ posts/ 2Jhc15digWM

The next evening I was in a hangout with a person with MS. She was bed ridden and was talking to about how the only thing she could photograph was what she could see out her window. I simply spoke up and said her I'll take you on a photo shoot, and you can tell me what you want to take pictures of because you will be seeing through the iPhone on Google+  what I can see through the viewfinder. 

The next day we did our first, now called a +Virtual Photo Walk  it was recorded for You Tube. You can watch on You Tube channel  on the + Virtual Photo Walks page. We all had a lot of fun and it went very well.

Please follow The Crohns Colitis Effect and Frank Garufi Jr.  one of the most inspiring men I have ever met and helped create the Virtual Photo Walks page.  

Following that I was in a hangout with +Frank Garufi Jr and he was telling me about his son going into the hospital for an infusion which is very uncomfortable and painful for an 8-year-old. Again I simply said I'll take him for a photo walk around my community and keep them distracted during the process, this was a great fun event and it was not recorded but Frank took a few pictures of his son during the photo walk watching me on the computer. +Frank Garufi Jr then posted them with a very emotional thank you for me doing it. 

This post was number 8 on what's hot on Google+ for about 8 hours on Friday the day of the photo walk.

+Frank Garufi Jr.

Crohns Colitis - My Son's Battle

Domenic's Infusion for February 2012

Some of you might remember the interview that +Shefali Burns did with me, back in the beginning of January, about Crohns Colitis disease and how my son has been battling it since he was born ( http://youtu.be/wP7cNbsbJHk ). Its a constant struggle for him, and unfortunately, one that he'll have to struggle with for the rest of his life. 

One, of the many, things we have to do is a monthly infusion of a medication called Remicade. The entire process is roughly 6 hours long and requires it to be administered in the hospital ( Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ). 

Today was our scheduled appointment for the month of February and Domenic got a special surprise thanks to +John Butterill and the sheer power and greatness of +Google+ Hangouts.

Armed with his IPhone, Nikon camera, and probably 10 layers of clothing, +John Butterill took my son on a photo walk around Rosedale, Ontario, Canada while he was getting his infusion done. Domenic loved every minute of it! For the hour that John braved the harsh weather conditions to show my son around Rosedale, my son didn't have to worry about blood pressure cuff's squeezing his arm too tight, the uncomfortableness of having tubes stuck through his arm, the drip rate of the medicine "burning" him ( the meds must be administered at a specific rate per hour ), or having to be stuck in a hospital when he much rather be at school!!! 

+John Butterill is nothing less than a saint in my eyes! He brought a TON of joy to my son today, of what otherwise would have been, another excruciating day for him!

From the bottom of my heart... THANK YOU +John Butterill!!!

Dom - February 2012 Infusion with Photowalk (7 photos)

Frank and I along with others decided that there should be a page  on Google+ to spread the word about this exciting way to help people.

Now we have that page and photographers around the world are stepping up to help conduct photo walks around the world. Events  are scheduled in Amsterdam Rome Germany Canada Australia New Zealand.



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+Virtual Photo Walks™  mission is to allow isolated people to become interactive citizens again. Utilizing the Internet, video chat and smart phones, people are able to visit and interact with mobile guides all over the world and to visit they people and places they could only dream about before.
Virtual Photo Walks reaches out to isolated individuals and communities, enlists photographers all over the world and then moderates, records and edits the interactive Walks to assure the safety and privacy of participants and to archive the experience so that the participants can share and look back on them. Virtual Photo Walks Inc is a 501c3 public charity in the USA.
 Here is a link the shows how it all got started  http://youtu.be/y1Uv7as5ZmI
Visit http://www.virtualphotowalks.org FOR MORE INFO
https://www.facebook.com/VirtualPhotoWalks
@thephotowalks on twitter
Thank you to the hundreds of people who have given their time to help people less fortunate.
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Daisaku Ikeda, founder of the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue, is a Buddhist thinker and leader, peace builder, prolific writer and poet, educator, and proponent and practitioner of wide-ranging dialogue. Ikeda’s dialogue partners have included Arnold Toynbee, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Linus Pauling and other influential figures in the worldwide shift to a culture of peace and mutual understanding. Many of these dialogues have been published in book form.

Born in Tokyo in 1928, Ikeda experienced firsthand the tragic reality of war and militarism. In the chaos of post-war Japan, he came to embrace Buddhism through an encounter with the educator and pacifist Josei Toda, who had been imprisoned for his beliefs during World War II, and who later became the second president of the Buddhist lay organization Soka Gakkai.

As third president of the Soka Gakkai and founder of the Soka Gakkai International, Mr. Ikeda has developed and inspired the largest, most diverse international lay Buddhist association in the world. Based on the 700-year-old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism, a form of Mahayana Buddhism, the movement is characterized by its emphasis on value creation (soka): each individual finding value in their unique path while contributing value to humanity.

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This is a Chance to experience what the holidays were like at the Hearst castle in the 1930s, hear stories, see the decorations, and relive a bygone era. With great story telling by Ranger Erin Gates.
http://hearstcastle.org/…/the-cast…/christmas-at-the-castle/ Special thanks to +Verizon This Virtual Photo Walk is powered by Verizon and the 4G LTE Jetpack Mobile Hotspot and Zoom Video Communications
Virtual Photo Walks is a non-profit organization that uses smart phones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness or disability to travel the world in real time. Thanks to our technology partners and a group of dedicated virtual volunteer guides from all over the world, we're able to make the world bigger and brighter for our community of people with disabilities. Our hope is through our efforts, we can make a difference in people's lives.
VirtualPhotoWalks was founded by John Butterill, it is a charity that harnesses the power of the internet and mobile communications to enable those living with disability and isolated, hospitalized – young and old – to visit distant places.
Watch the movie made about us.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Uv7as5ZmI
If you would like to join us on a +Virtual Photo Walks™ or know some one who would please contact us http://VirtualPhotoWalks.org to learn how.

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With Photographer Hiroshi Hayashi and interpreter Nagahori Noriko.
What started out as a test of signal strength turned into an hour long VPW of this historic town. We saw one and two thousand year old trees and explored many unusual shops. https://youtu.be/xeLm7goxNJg
Special thanks to Verizon, Virtual Photo Walk in the USA are powered by +Verizon  and the 4G LTE Jetpack Mobile Hotspot. We use Zoom Video Communications and thank them for providing Pro Accounts and much more check out www.zoom.us
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Virtual Photo Walks is a non-profit organization that uses smart phones and video conferencing to enable people isolated by illness or disability to travel the world in real time. Thanks to our technology partners and a group of dedicated virtual volunteer guides from all over the world, we're able to make the world bigger and brighter for our community of people with disabilities. Our hope is through our efforts, we can make a difference in people's lives.
VirtualPhotoWalks was founded by John Butterill, it is a charity that harnesses the power of the internet and mobile communications to enable those living with disability and isolated, hospitalized – young and old – to visit distant places.
Watch the movie made about us.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1Uv7as5ZmI
If you would like to join us on a +Virtual Photo Walks™ or know some one who would please contact us http://VirtualPhotoWalks.org to learn how.

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The Ikeda Center is an institute for peace, learning, and dialogue located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1993, the Center has engaged diverse scholars, activists, and social innovators in the search for the ideas and solutions that will assist in the peaceful evolution of humanity. Founded by Buddhist thinker and leader Daisaku Ikeda, the Center's programs include public forums and scholarly seminars that are organized collaboratively and offer a range of perspectives on key issues in global ethics.

The Center also publishes books on education and other issues pertaining to the goal of greater human flourishing. The Center’s books have been used in more than 900 college and university courses to date. In 2009, the Center launched its own publishing arm, Dialogue Path Press.

The Center's signature event is the annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue, now in its eleventh year.

Not long after the Ikeda Center (originally the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century) was founded, Mr. Ikeda gave the institution the following mottos:

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Be a bridge for dialogue between civilizations.
Be a beacon lighting the way to a century of life.

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