Meaningful changes begin with intentional actions.

It’s time to build a better, more inclusive home for the outdoors. We’ve identified a handful of critical initiatives in 2020/21 that will enable us to get there sooner rather than later. 

Accountability matters. We’ll be publicly updating our progress on these initiatives as we move forward.

Writers Residency for Underrepresented Storytellers

Status: ✅ Launched October 2020

This 3-month paid program is open to all outdoor-focused writers from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. We're prioritizing featuring the work of our industry's underrepresented communities because we need to do a better job of elevating and amplifying their voices. 

The application period for our first residency just closed, and we will be selecting and announcing our first two writers in the coming week.

Thank you to Eddie Bauer, HOKA, and Sawyer Products for complementing the writers’ cash compensation with substantial gear packages. Additional support is provided by our Industry Partners.

Learn more here

Artist Network Initiative

Status: ✅ Launched October 2020

Our Artist Network initiative prioritizes showcasing the talent of both emerging and more well-known artists from underrepresented communities. Our goal is to provide these artists with a wider platform to share their creative voices, to help them generate additional revenue, and to help fundraise for important organizations and nonprofits.

We recently launched our first Artist Network collaboration with José González, the Founder of Lation Outdoors, and Teresa Baker, the Founder of the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge. All proceeds go to supporting Latino Outdoors and Outdoor Outreach, nonprofits selected by both José and Teresa.

Check out our first collaboration

#EveryoneOutside Film Series

2019: ✅ 4 films released

2020: ✅ 2 films in production

Last year we produced four films in our #EveryoneOutside Film Series. We featured the stories of Nailah Blades, Jess Sporte, Chris Hill, and Teresa Baker and a group of amazing outdoor leaders. We were fortunate to have multiple films selected for MountainFilm, 5Point Film Festival, and the Banff Film Festival, reaching tens of thousands of people.

We will continue to tell beautiful, important stories that elevate athletes and leaders from marginalized communities who challenge the antiquated concepts of belonging in the outdoors.

The #EveryoneOutside Film Series is presented by HOKA. With additional support from Kampgrounds of America, Visit Florida, and our Industry Partners. 

Check out all the films

Community Advisors

Status: In development

Our new Community Advisor program will consist of a handful of outdoor leaders, athletes, and advocates from historically excluded groups. This group will work directly with our founders to help steward our community development, partnership, and content strategy and initiatives. We are excited to have Teresa Baker, Founder of the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, as our first Community Advisor.