Who We Are

The Nobelity Project

Building community, competence, classrooms and more.
We bridge gaps in information and infrastructure to work for an education for all.

Our educational goals:

To increase access:  Partnering with communities to bring education to all by providing classrooms, clean water, health support, information centers, and student scholarships to those in need. Currently investing in student success in Kenya, Honduras, Nepal, and the US.

To improve quality: Providing libraries, computers, study materials and books at our community partner schools. Our films and free teaching materials engage students with the issues that will affect their futures and to offer related service learning and social action opportunities.

To foster global citizenship: We tell stories of hope and progress to raise awareness on global issues and move people to action. By collaborating with Nobel laureates and other inspiring leaders and community partners, we make enlightening and motivating films that explore pressing issues and present potential solutions.


Writer and filmmaker Turk Pipkin is the director of the Nobelity Project’s three feature documentaries about global problems and solutions. The latest film, Building Hope, tells the story of The Nobelity Project’s partnership with a rural Kenyan community to build the area’s first high school. His many film festival awards include Best Directing (My Hero Fest) and the White Lotus Humanitarian Award (Macao). The Nobelity Project is commited to Turk’s vision that documentary films are powerful tools for change: presenting critical issues, raising important questions, and illustrating potential solutions.
A popular Huffington Post blogger, Turk is also the author of ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including the NY Times bestseller, The Tao of Willie, co-authored with Willie Nelson.

As the Executive Director, Christy Ellinger Pipkin works to bring the non-profit’s initiatives to fruition— creating motivating documentaries and short films, helming educational outreach in the US and abroad, and maintaining oversight on development projects around the world.  She believes that by improving conditions in one community you improve the state of the global community, and by working together we tilt the world towards peace.  Christy received the 2013 International Women’s Day Humanitarian Award from Ten Thousand Villages, and in 2015 was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America.

“I am a firm believer that local action has global impact, and that no act is too small to matter. At times global issues can seem overwhelming, but I like to remember when Desmond Tutu told us of a saying in Africa– “There is only one way of eating an elephant…one piece at a time.”

Watch Turk and Christy at TEDx Austin. Both are dynamic speakers and available for conferences, workshops, and screenings. Contact us here.

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