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The Beginning

The Founder

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Brandon E. Campbell is an entrepreneur, community builder, and lawyer born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to parents in the Air Force whom both furthered careers as public servants as a firefighter and a corrections officer, respectively.

 

As a community builder, he's passionate about creating infrastructure that helps foster meaningful relationships across cultures globally. To support this vision, he frequently "lives" for six weeks or more in countries in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, immersing himself in local cultures. Since 2017, he has had recorded conversations while working full-time as a lawyer as part of a conversation series that inspired this travel community. 

 

As a lawyer, he leveraged his legal skills and business acumen to negotiate and draft contracts, advise on intellectual property protection, and provide strategic counsel to various clients, ranging from Fortune 100 media companies to Grammy Award-winning music producers.

In his free time he...jk there is no free time, we're building this. But if there were, it would be spent dancing, language learning, in music discovery and learning to play some instruments. 

Brandon E. Campbell

Sometimes manifestation happens not because we’ve vocalized our desires to the world but because the world is in tune with the magnetic pull of the heart.

 

It was 2017. I was a new lawyer in New York City. I finally made the dream happen, or so I thought. Coming from what felt like a small town growing up in Las Vegas to being employed as a lawyer in Times Square!? I felt like I was always where I was supposed to be. But something was missing. I knew I wanted my life’s work to have a global impact, but I lacked a global perspective.

 

One evening, my homeboy Joel shot our group chat a text about this cohort to travel for a year. It looked cool, but I brushed it off and got back to work. Ain’t no way. Until a few weeks later when the text got back to me. One night, while working late at that same job in Times Square, I opened the link, applied, and began to plot. I quickly went from “Naw, there’s no way this would ever happen” to “There’s no way this can’t happen.”

 

In under six months, I was off on that yearlong journey through 12 cities in 10 countries. Because it felt like such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I thought others might broaden their horizons at the same time I was broadening mine. So I created a recorded conversation series in local communities in every country we traveled to and some giant leaps toward gaining a better global perspective. It was called Extended Family — finding what unites us in a time defined by what divides us. Because how much better would we all be if we gave that stranger we met the benefit of the doubt, like a cousin we met for the first time? 

 

By the end of that year, the experiences, the people, and the conversations I had reinvigorated me. A switch had been flipped and I knew the idea of Extended Family was something much bigger. I began to plot once more. It took some years, some planning, a bunch of self-reflection, and personal evolution, and alas, Extended Family was reborn. 

 

As we experience the inevitable shift toward globalization, we’ll need to build more intentional spaces to connect, grow, and explore meaningfully domestically and abroad. This is your invitation to grab a pick axe and join the journey.

The Beginning

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A Letter From the Founder 

Sometimes manifestation happens not because we’ve vocalized our desires to the world but because the world is in tune with the magnetic pull of the heart.

 

It was 2017. I was a new lawyer in New York City. I finally made the dream happen, or so I thought. Coming from what felt like a small town growing up in Las Vegas to being employed as a lawyer in Times Square!? I felt like I was always where I was supposed to be. But something was missing. I knew I wanted my life’s work to have a global impact, but I lacked a global perspective.

 

One evening, my friend Joel shot our group chat a text about this cohort to travel for a year. It looked cool, but I brushed it off and got back to work. Ain’t no way. Until a few weeks later when the text got back to me. One night, while working late at that same job in Times Square, I opened the link, applied, and began to plot. I quickly went from “Naw, there’s no way this would ever happen” to “There’s no way this can’t happen.”

 

In under six months, I was off on that year-long journey through 12 cities in 10 countries. Because it felt like such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, I thought others might broaden their horizons at the same time I was broadening mine. So, I created a recorded conversation series. In every country we traveled to I had in-depth conversations with multiple people in those communities. Talk about some giant leaps toward gaining a better global perspective. It was called Extended Family — finding what unites us in a time defined by what divides us. Because how much better would we all be if we gave that stranger we met the benefit of the doubt, like a cousin we met for the first time? 

 

By the end of that year, the experiences, the people, and the conversations reinvigorated me. A switch flipped and I knew the idea of Extended Family was something much bigger. I began to plot once more. It took some years, some planning, a bunch of self-reflection, and personal evolution, but alas, Extended Family was reborn. 

 

As we experience the inevitable shift toward globalization, we’ll need to build more intentional spaces to connect, grow, and explore meaningfully domestically and abroad. This is your invitation to grab a pick axe and join the journey.

 

— Brandon E. Campbell

    Founder, Extended Family

Brandon E. Campbell is an entrepreneur, community builder, and lawyer born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA to parents in the Air Force whom both furthered careers as public servants as a firefighter and a corrections officer, respectively.

 

As a community builder, he's passionate about creating infrastructure that helps foster meaningful relationships across cultures globally. To support this vision, he frequently "lives" for six weeks or more in countries in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, immersing himself in local cultures. Since 2017, he has had recorded conversations while working full-time as a lawyer as part of a conversation series that inspired this travel community. 

 

As a lawyer, he leveraged his legal skills and business acumen to negotiate and draft contracts, advise on intellectual property protection, and provide strategic counsel to various clients, ranging from Fortune 100 media companies to Grammy Award-winning music producers.

In his free time he...jk there is no free time, we're building this. But if there were, it would be spent dancing, language learning, in music discovery and learning to play some instruments. 

Brandon E. Campbell

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The Founder

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Brandon E. Campbell
Lawyer, entrepreneur, founder
 
With over eight years of experience in the multimedia and entertainment industry.  As a lawyer, he leveraged his legal skills and business acumen to negotiate and draft contracts, advise on intellectual property protection, and provide strategic counsel to various clients, ranging from Fortune 100 media companies to Grammy Award-winning music producers.  As a community builder, he is passionate about creating and fostering meaningful relationships across cultures, regions, and backgrounds. He has slow traveled, spending six weeks or more in cities throughout Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, immersing himself in local cultures and sharing his insights and perspectives through publications and events. His vision is to humanize the experience of people worldwide and to empower them to connect and collaborate through Extended Family.

Founder

Brandon E. Campbell

Brandon E. Campbell is a lawyer, entrepreneur. 

 

With over eight years of experience in the multimedia and entertainment industry.

As a lawyer, he leveraged his legal skills and business acumen to negotiate and draft contracts, advise on intellectual property protection, and provide strategic counsel to various clients, ranging from Fortune 100 media companies to Grammy Award-winning music producers.

As a community builder, he is passionate about creating and fostering meaningful relationships across cultures, regions, and backgrounds. He has slow traveled, spending six weeks or more in cities throughout Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Asia, immersing himself in local cultures and sharing his insights and perspectives through publications and events. His vision is to humanize the experience of people worldwide and to empower them to connect and collaborate through Extended Family.

2023/2024 Chief Storyteller

Vince Taylor 

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CEO

Harold Colby

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Tilly Evans 

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Olivia Clarke

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The Beginning

Imagine it’s 2017 and you’re a lawyer living in New York in Harlem. You’ve always known that to make a global impact, you need a global perspective. But you lack clarity on how to gain that perspective. You work in Times Square but this was never the life you envisioned long-term. The law was supposed to be a pit stop. Randomly one evening a friend shoots you a link to an opportunity to travel for a year. Is it bait or subconscious manifestation? You ignore it and get back to work until one night, you just can't ignore it anymore. While working late at that same job in Times Square you open that link again.  You pack your bags and set out on a year-long adventure, traveling through 10 countries on 3 continents. Your mission? To understand the people and cultures that make our world so wonderfully diverse.

 

The spark for what would become Extended Family ignites during a heart-to-heart conversation with a childhood friend. Together, you realize how easy it is to take the present for granted, overlooking the incredible journeys of those who came before us. You understand that sharing our stories can inspire, uplift, and even spark change. With this epiphany, you decide to document your travels.

 

Armed with a camera and an insatiable curiosity, you begin recording conversations with people in local communities everywhere you go. These aren’t just interviews; they are deep, meaningful exchanges that reveal the common threads of our shared humanity. Each story, each face, each moment adds a new layer to your understanding of what truly connects us all.

 

As you reflect on these experiences, you think, “Why keep this to myself?” Sharing videos and articles is great, but you want to do more. You want to create spaces where others can experience this same magic. Thus, Extended Family is reborn—not just as a docu-series, but as a vibrant community where people can connect, explore, and grow together.

 

Extended Family is your invitation to join this incredible journey. Here, you’ll find a place to connect with like-minded adventurers, explore new ideas, and broaden your horizons. Together, you can transform not only how you travel but how you understand and impact the world. So come on, join us, and let’s build something amazing—one story, one connection at a time.

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