Viva tonto, Viva Pam, Viva Kliptown, Viva Ubuntu!

Viva tonto, Viva Pam, Viva Kliptown, Viva Ubuntu!

Today I went to Kliptown with Jeannie, a skydiving friend who never knew tonto but is touched by his memory. Together, we drove through a rapidly developing Soweto, towards people and places that remain part of the fabric of my life; where what I have given continues to flow in the form of love, understanding, friendship, compassion, and memory.

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Remembering Pam: A Friend in Kliptown

Remembering Pam: A Friend in Kliptown

Pam and I found each other the moment I stuck my head into that overcrowded kitchen. With authority, she denied my offer to help with the meal, but something about my privileged indignation at the gender imbalance at lunch made her laugh. “African men don’t do much, but they do talk,” she chuckled. “If you really want to see this community in action, come back and stay the night. You are welcome at my place.”

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Love and High-Risk Human Investments

Love and High-Risk Human Investments

See the crazy white lady enfold the little girl in her arms and carry her to the car with a rubber sheet in case the little girl wets the bed. See the conversation as she explains to her white South African partner that she has brought home a small black child from the township who is now sleeping in the guest bedroom, and that he has to hide in the morning in case she gets scared of him when she wakes up.

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Project XRW Dubai Documentary

Project XRW Dubai Documentary

A lot of very hard work and passion went into the making of this video. It tells the story of our team, a group of people who wanted to change the world through the most spectacular human flight and the most fearless outreach - and the dropzone, Skydive Dubai, that believed in our dreams enough to help make them come true.

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Flying to Inspire: Raise the Sky's 2009 68-way Wingsuit Formation Record

The largest formation attempted was a 73-way, but the organizers stayed focused on technical excellence rather than size. The eventual formation that participants repeated on multiple attempts was a 68-way—a 64-way diamond with stingers on either side. Inspired by the immense outpouring of public support and the connection to a greater cause, the record team turned in a stellar performance.

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Kliptown in Crisis

Pam got up, quickly handing off the bowl of vegetables to her daughter. I followed her towards the gate. A missing child’s body had been found by the train tracks nearby and she said we needed to go and find out what was going on. We were among the first to arrive at a short footpath through long grass from the tracks to the shacks below. Pam and another, older woman spoke briefly, and then they told me to go and look to see if it was a body in the grass. I walked a few steps towards a clump of high weeds, and saw a small hand. I took another step and made out the shape of a small body lying there, a blue piece of clothing, a plastic bag on the face. I retreated. It was a crime scene, and the body was evidence. I have never seen such a young victim, abandoned like a sack of garbage on the edge of an overcrowded slum. I kept thinking evidence: it’s evidence.

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