Millennial Trains Project: Making A Difference Across America [INSIGHTS]
About The 2015 Millennial Train
4/10/15 | We're thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of National Geographic Traveler!
8/20/14 | Our journey concluded with an event at the White House where participants shared their experience to millennial White House staffers.
Millennial Train Project // Snapshot II
8/18/14 | Our five foreign Fulbright scholar participants -- from Yemen, Russia, Indonesia, Colombia, and Pakistan -- share their MTP experiences and perspectives on the "New American Dream" at the US Mission to the United Nations.
8/15/14 | Last stop for MTP 2015, deboarding and checking social media in New York's Penn Station. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/15/14 | Wrapping things up after a spirited discussion about the American Dream on the final stretch of our journey along the Hudson River. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/14/14 | The whole crew at Union Station in Chicago. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/14/14 | Anser Shaukat, a Fulbright scholar and graphic artist from Pakistan, poses a question to Katie Carey, a community leader from EKOCYCLE, Coca-Cola's sustainability innovation partnership with will.i.am. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/14/14 | MTP Participants on our "back porch" as we roll through Dells, Wisconsin.
8/14/14 | MTP participant Kyle Studstill reflects on a week's worth of journal entries penned across the country. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
August 28, 2014 | Kay Anne Reed shares her experience on MTP2014 through video.
8/13/2014 | The break dancing competition was for all ages at the pop-up NEWaukee Night Market in Milwaukee, WI. The sense of community here is absolutely amazing. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/13/14 | MTP participant Nate Conroy explains a water filtration device that he uses to as a teaching aid help students develop science, technology, engineering and math skills. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/13/14 | MTP participant and USDA Forest Service employee Michaela Hall leads a workshop for local youth. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/12/14 | Our on-train National Geographic Traveler photographer Tyler Metcalfe rides a Milwaukee bike share bike with the MTP group. Tyler is reporting on the MTP experience over at the National Geographic blog On Assignment.
8/12/14 | Paul Schmitz, the founder of Public Allies, mentored our group on how we can all be leaders within our communities. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/12/14 | Creative placemaking is a growing phenomenon in Milwaukee, where Millennials are reimaging and recreating the city. Case in point: an underpass that was recently (and, initially, illegally) turned into a swing park. Our hosts from NEWaukee took us to check it out, and, naturally, we loved it. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/12/14 | Angela Damiani of Newaukee, one of the country's largest (and best!) young professionals groups, came on board to welcome us to Milwaukee, WI, where her organization hosted us for two days of extraordinary programming that left us extremely impressed. Go visit Milwaukee!
8/12/14 | A common sight on board the #MTPtrain. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/12/14 | An afternoon snack en route to Milwaukee. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/11/14 | Passing through South Dakota at sunset. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/11/14 | While on the train, our community was shaken by the news of Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, MO. MTP participant Acasia Olson, whose project focused on racial healing, led our community in a challenging but important conversation about race in America. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/11/14 | A quick stopover in Minot, ND where we learned about the history of the famed Empire Builder route upon which we were traveling. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/11/14 | MTP Founder and CEO Patrick Dowd is interviewed by the local ABC station outside our train in St. Paul, MN. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/11/2014 | MTP Staff plays ping pong in Union Depot - a newly-renovated multimodal transportation hub in St Paul, MN.
8/11/14 | Our local hub in Minneapolis was Coco, an amazing co-working space for entrepreneurs housed at the site of the former Minneapolis Grain Exchange. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/10/14 | Elizabeth Jarrett, Chris Dowd, and Ayla Boyle in the on-train hacker space turned jam space.
8/10/14 | Brandi Harvey's MTP project, "Spiritual, Not Reglious" explored the different ways Millennials approach faith outside of traditional religious contexts. Here, she leads our community in a spirited to call purposeful leadership. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/10/14 | Sunrise in Montana, due East. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/9/14 | Learning what it's like to be a real life cowboy from Ted, a former professional kickboxer, and Alexis, a former professional snowboarder, who run a cattle ranch in rural Montana. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/9/14 | A local dinner provisioned by Earthstar Farms in Whitefish, MT. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/9/14 | MTP Participants Ammar Aqlan, PheOnix RuachShaddai, and Alyas Widita outside our train in Whitefish, MT.
8/9/14 | What is a train? Founder and CEO Patrick Dowd talks about traveling with purpose here.
8/9/14 | Some of us visited a yak farm outside Whitefish, MT. Yaks are hilarious and truly loveable creatures.(Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/10/14 | Mentor Rob Eaton of Amtrak talks to MTP Participant Jenny Gottstein as we ride through Montana. "Trains are cool, but what's really cool is what they can do for our communities," he said.
8/9/14 | During our stop in Bozeman, MT, MTP mentor David Bragdon banded together with a handful of participants to go on a day-long expedition to Glacier National Park. They had quite an adventure.
8/9/14 | Sarah Smith and Sarah Al-Khayyal take a break from railroading to paddle board Flathead Lake in Whitefish, MT. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/10/14 | MTP mentor David Bragdon, Director of Transit Center Inc. and former Director of long-term planning for New York City, leads a discussion about transit-oriented development. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/8/14 | Lindsay Patross and Washington State.
8/8/2014 | Alyas Widita and the Puget Sound.
8/8/14 | This picture perfectly sums up how we feel every time we look out the window.
8/8/14 | Founder, Patrick Dowd outside our train in Seattle, WA
8/8/14 | National Geographic Traveler writer and Digital Nomad leads a discussion on how to travel well and have fun along the way. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/8/14 | Silvia, a Fulbright Scholar from Colombia, urged American participants to take the power of their vote seriously, and engage in democracy, particularly because of the impact that our democratically-elected representatives have on foreign policy. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/8/14 | Special Advisor for Global Youth Issues at the State Department, Andy Rabens recounts his time as an on train mentor here.
8/8/14 | A journey from I to we: "By the end of the journey every participant, mentor, and local innovator became dedicated to creating a network of collaboration and support to ensure meaningful change in the communities that matter to us. After all, if our individual projects succeed, then we all do." -- Read MTP participant Jessica Meyer's take-aways from her MTP experience here.
8/8/14 | Our train was late but everyone was beyond stoked when Frank from Amtrak came to tell us it had arrived.
8/8/14 | Upon boarding the train, we were amazed to find a state-of-the-art maker space outfitted with amazing technologies provided by 3D Systems including, our favorite: a 3D-printed guitar. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/7/14 | Our on-train chef Christian Ortiz outside Union Station in Portland, Oregon with the first day's load of provisions.
8/7/14 | Some of the MTP crew with Portland's First Lady, Nancy Hales after she led our group on a walking tour of Portland with her organization First Stop Portland.
8/7/14 | Ready for take-off.
8/7/14 | The architecht of Portland's world-famous Pioneer Square introduced us to the city's rich history of public space and design. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/7/14 | Portland's First Lady Nancy Hales utilized the local light rail system as a mobile classroom as she showed us around downtown Portland. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/7/14 | Our group takes an early morning swim at sunrise over the Columbia River Gorge. Today is the first full day of our 2014 journey from Portland to NYC.
8/7/14 | First meeting of this year's Pioneer's Journey groups in the waiting lounge at Portland's Union Station. The Pioneer's Journey, which we developed in partnership with City Year, is our on-train leadership development curriculum. (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/6/14 | "It's easy to make something pretty, but it's hard to make things matter," says MTP mentor Jeremy of OMFGCO, a Portland based creative agency for visionary brands. We also loved another thing he told us: "Your brand is everything but your logo."
8/6/14 | We're grateful to the Zusman family for welcoming us to Portland by curating this amazing evening at their home where we were able to hear from some of Portland's leading changemakers and creative leaders.
8/6/14 | Team #MTPtrain picking some fresh blueberries from a local farm in Corbett, Oregon for our participants to enjoy this evening.
8/7/14 | Day 1 and we're already thick as thieves. This pic was snapped at the top of Portland. We got there on a really cool tram thing. :) (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
8/5/14 | This here fan art from MTP Participant Anser Shaukat of Pakistan is getting us super amped for this journey!
8/5/14 | Let's.
8/1/14 | Just one week until we meet here, at Portland's Union Station, to begin our second transcontinental journey. GO BY TRAIN, we will! (Credit: Tyler Metcalfe, National Geographic Travel)
7/25/14 | Say hello to our little hashtag: #MTPtrain
7/1/14 | Just landed in Portland, where we're doing some advance work for our next journey. This is the carpet at the airport. It is famous.
7/12/14 | Less than a month away!
7/10/14 | We're in Bushwick, Brooklyn today meeting with our new friends and collaborators at Thread Global, which will be handling all video documentation for our next journey.
4/2/14 | The good folks at MTV Scratch invited us up to Viacom HQ to brief them on how MTP is using trains as a platform for the exploration of new frontiers. This robotic meeting assistant was a tough act to follow.
1/12/14 | FDR Memorial, Washington, DC.
12/18/13 | Heading home for the holidays.
12/14/13 | Honored to receive this amazing recognition in the Editor's Note for National Geographic Traveler's 30th anniversary issue, which includes the magazine's top 20 travel recommendations for 2014 -- on newsstands now!
12/7/13 | Norfolk Southern hosted an amazing reception for us last night on board their historic railcars, one of which once belonged to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of our favorite bands, The Last Bison, played some of their spellbinding tunes for our wonderful guests.
Our Slow Moving Train (MTP)
10/25/13 | The MTP map room at Halcyon House.
10/8/13 | Our founder + CEO was just brought on as the youngest-ever Editor-at-Large for National Geographic Traveler magazine. He will continue to serve as CEO of MTP in addition to his new role. Congrats, Patrick!
10/15/13 | Back to the drawing board, it's time to start planning for our second journey! We're grateful to the S&R Foundation for allowing us to base our operations our of the historic Halcyon House. It's a truly inspiring place to work.
9/27/13 | A very cool exhibit at the Corcoran in Washington, DC.
8/20/13 | Journey I debrief at GMMB, the amazing strategic communications firm that helped us bring our vision to reality.
8/17/13 | Our concluding event at National Geographic HQ: "Few are willing, and even fewer our champions." Way to go MTP!!
8/16/13 | Jessica, our director of communications, has been working so hard that she literally fell asleep in a 3D-printing factory during our visit to Pittsburgh.
8/15/13 | New rule from MTP mentor and TED Prize winner George Aye in Chicago at 1871.
The Uncharted Territories (MTP)
8/15/13 | MTP participants Autumn and Sacha at Greater Good Design studio, one of our local hubs.
8/14/13 | Yonah Freemark of the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Council speaks with us about next-generation transit-oriented development at Logan Share.
8/14/13 | Chatting at Union Station while waiting for the train, a familiar (and cherished) time for conversation.
8/13/13 | We've been using a fleet of taxis called "Cornhuskers" to get around Omaha, NE.
8/13/13 | Our community fathers for a group discussion at Kaneko, an amazing space for art and innovation in Omaha, NE.
8/10/13 | Our beautiful train stationed in downtown Denver. Many thanks to the Downtown Denver Project for making our stay here possible.
8/12/13 | MTP pioneers in Denver, CO.
8/11/13 | Sunday morning lecture on corporate social responsibility with McKinsey & Company's Director of Social Impact.
8/11/13 | Guided by award-winning architect Travis Price, we built a spirit sculpture near the railroad tracks in Denver. It's called "Slipstream of the Iron Horse."
8/11/13 | World-famous travel writer Robert Reid is covering our journey for National Geographic Traveler. He gets around MTP destinations on this fold-up bike, which he finds useful for urban exploration.
8/10/13 | Upon arrival in Denver, a double rainbow formed atop our caravan of rail cars. We are not making this up!! :)
8/10/13 | Passing through Glenwood Canyon in the Colorado Rockies.
8/10/13 | Our on-train chefs, Sam and John, cooking up yet another delicious meal with locally-sourced ingredients from our most recent stop.
8/10/13 | Leftovers from an on-train discussion.
8/10/13 | Just entered Colorado and we were met by Daren Cole of Powderhorn Ski Mountain, who handed off these wonderful fresh peaches to our Chief of Staff, Sonia, as a welcome to this beautiful state.
8/9/14 | MTP mentor Eric Kessler leads our first on-train discussion.
8/9/13 | We're so grateful for Tom and Carol, owners of the Salisbury Beach. This journey would never have been possible without their support.
8/9/13 | Original artwork on our cars, which once ran on the famed California Zephyr route.
8/7/13 | Wow. First-ever picture of the first-ever Millennial Train. Oakland, CA.
8/7/13 | Renowned Silicon Valley investor Kamran Elahian speaks to us on the first day of our inaugural journey about how to make it in Silicon Valley.
8/7/13 | The inaugural class of MTP pioneers takes in the majestic Golden Gate Bridge on the morning of our departure from San Francisco, CA.
8/6/13 | Putting the finishing touches on the wrap design for the first-ever Millennial Train.
8/5/13 | Thanks to the Dowd family for letting us stay at their hacienda in Sonoma County for these past two weeks as we prepped for our inaugural journey. We made wildflower bouquets and had multiple peacock sightings.
7/6/13 | MTP summer reading list.
5/16/13 | Maya, our amazing lawyer from Covington & Burling, which, in addition to being one of the nation's top law firms, has a long railroading history.
The Millennial Trains Project // Intro
4/25/13 | MTP x BLK SHP @ Veracruz talking social innovation and making stuff happen.
1/20/13 | We invited our friend Francisco Garcia, an LA-based artist who specializes in murals for social change, to do whatever he wanted with the front of MCENTRAL. And we we loved it. H & 4th SW DC. Check it out.
1/19/13 | Wow, what a turnout. Over 1,000 guests for this crazy idea that we cooked up just 6 weeks ago. MCENTRAL.
1/17/13 | Here's the amazing crew making it happen. Team MTP x No Kings Collective.
1/15/13 | In partnership with our friends from No Kings Collective and the New America Foundation, we're orchestrating MCENTRAL: Millennial Basecamp for Inauguration 2013. There will be panel discussions with leading experts on America's new frontiers, great musical performances throughout Inauguration weekend, and, of course, the best inaugural ball in town.
November 30, 2012 | Amen.
11/29/12 | Getting some fresh air in the back yard at Halcyon House.
8/2/12 | MTP interns // future so bright, shades required.
7/25/12 | MTP crew doing work at Halcyon House.
6/12/12 | First time pitching MTP to a large audience. Georgetown Summer Startup Program, Washington, DC.
6/15/12 | What we're reading during these early, stary-eyed startup days.
3/14/12 | At the rail yards in Oakland touring equipment we may use for our inaugural journey.