Episode 9: NOLAbeings and Claire Bangser

It’s hard to imagine many problems that a little empathy couldn’t help or even cure. Simply caring what strangers are going through would change our lives and theirs. With the gulf between “us” and “them” seemingly growing by the day, empathy is an obvious prescription.

NOLA Beings – Claire Bangser – Top New Orleans Brands with Story Block Media

The Stories We Carry

It’s hard to imagine many problems that a little empathy couldn’t help or even cure.

Simply caring what strangers are going through would change our lives and theirs. With the gulf between “us” and “them” seemingly growing by the day, empathy is an obvious prescription.

But how do you interrupt an innate and instantaneous process like seeing someone and mentally categorize that person in some way?

If you’re Claire Bangser of NOLAbeings, you do it by pairing portraits of locals with their story – one that goes far beyond skin deep. Her Instagram account, modeled after Humans of New York, has nearly 16,000 followers who see this everyday. They see a face, read their story, and hopefully come away with a better understanding of what other people are going through.

And it’s working.

Claire received a photo of a group of women she didn’t know having lunch in New Orleans. Attached to the photo was a note explaining that the group had met through the comment section of a NOLAbeings post about a woman in her 50s who had decided to move to New Orleans. All of the women had felt the same feelings as the woman from the post, the feeling that it was now or never for their dreams.

Strangers had become friends. Their shared experiences drew them together, despite whatever their difference might have been.  

That’s the power and beauty of the NOLAbeings brand. Creating a little empathy in a city that could really use it. See Claire’s story below, and if you’re not already, go follow her on Instagram.

 

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