Hi there, I’m Jean Yves Chainon, a.k.a. ‘ooa revo’.
I like to create stuff and I enjoy sharing it with you.
I used to work as a multimedia journalist till 2011-2012 when I embarked on a solo USA road trip adventure, which I documented in photos, writing and videos.
While I did this I also started asking people I met “What’s your philosophy of Life?” and recorded their video interviews, as well as portraits and notes.
I posted about this and got good feedback so I decided to make a movie out of it.
This led to further travels around the world, including a one-year trip through Asia, all told through multimedia storytelling.
I’ve always liked doing everything on my own, whether it’s creating stories, photos, videos, art, or web design, but as the project grows I realize it’s important to let other people help so I can focus on bringing you the best possible stories and creative content.
So since the relaunch of the site in 2015, ooaworld has grown from a one-person adventure to a collaborative journey:
Carole Kongprachith: a.k.a. ‘Coco’ – we’re high-school sweethearts and after a very very long hiatus we got back together in 2012. She’s the love of my life, one of the most generous and caring people I’ve ever met, and also an enduring traveler.
Carole has helped in innumerable ways, but perhaps mostly by dealing with me throughout all the Asia travels! She’s the founder of Rolling Coconut, a travel site, and now works as the Editor of the Travel section. She features practical information and travel tips of all the places visited. She also helped me develop and redesign the site almost from scratch. Learn more about Carole and Rolling Coconut.
Other people and friends who have or are helping out include:
Cedric Demoustier, a.k.a. ‘Redrik’, with whom I drove across the United States during ooAmerica part 2.
Benjamin Chambost, a friend and professional video editor who helped out with a few videos from Asia.
Benjamin Azoulay, Aurelien Amzallag, Ian Makau & Florian Sintilair: they’re all talented musicians and have contributed music at various points for the videos and documentary.
All the others: There are so many people who have helped throughout the years of travels they can’t all be named here, you’ll have to read through the stories to meet them!
You: ooaworld was relaunched in 2015 and has always been a community adventure at heart, seeking to give a voice to all people, for all people. You help us improve the ooaworld experience and storytelling through your comments, contributions, and by sharing the stories you like. Thank you !