In 2016, Golin Untern Megan Duncan had a unique Unternship idea to inspire and be inspired by six different cultures across the U.S. over the course of six weeks. Megan is now working full-time with the Golin family, from our Los Angeles office, using her creative talents.
“As we set up camp on the mountaintop, I couldn’t imagine these surroundings as an everyday sight. Beautiful mountain giants dwarfed the little fishing town, the water lapping right up to the forests edge, and a smattering of islands scattered throughout the sea’s horizon. Yet this was the Sitka residents’ daily backdrop, and I immediately respected their ability to embrace the wilderness that engulfed them. This type of natural living requires a high amount of intentionality, care and balance.” – Megan Duncan discussing life in Alaska
Akinbola Richardson, 2015 Golin Untern, mesmerized the agency with his bold idea to gain new perspectives on cultures and societies while living with the Amish, rebuilding Hurricane Katrina damaged homes and helping the homeless. Now as a full-time Goliner in our Dallas office, he’s concepting, directing and editing videos and other creative for blue chip clients.
“What did I experience while living there? I can answer that in one word. Peace. I was truly at peace on their farm…I was truly happy and I believe it was because we were living so simply. I didn’t have any emails to check, my student loans didn’t exist, the pretty girl I never have the courage to approach wasn’t there…no crosswalks, TV shows, sad news, close calls, hunger, sadness, fatigue, depression, wants, needs. NOTHING. I simply breathed.” – Akinbola Richardson on living with the Amish
Read more about their adventures on the Golin Untern blog.
Check out our 2016 Untern’s unlikely experiences in the wrap-up video below: