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In 2013, Raison d’Être Collective issued an open call for submissions to respond to the question “What is your reason for being?” Responses came from individuals across a variety of ages, nationalities, disciplines, and mediums.

This publication is an edited collection of those responses.

Printed Copy:
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rai • son - d 'ê • tre     | rāˈzôN ˈdetr(ə) |
ORIGIN French, literally ‘reason for being.’

Raison d’Être Collective is a group of like-minded individuals committed to the cultivation and distribution of knowledge, resources, and ideas across a
multi-disciplinary platform.

Through openness, support, and collaboration, the group attempts to better understand and define their place in history, the purpose of their work, and the community that surrounds them.
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Chicago, IL | 2013

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