A better world for all, starting at the margins

American Enterprise Institute / The Pursuit

The Brief

Arthur Brooks — economist, musician, and president of the American Enterprise Institute — approached us a the question: How can we lift up the world, starting with those at the margins of society? To find the answer we spent four years on the road exploring the foundations of happiness, belonging, and prosperity. The result was The Pursuit, our third feature film, now available on iTunes on Netflix.

Quick Details

What We Did

  • Research & Strategy
  • Video Production
  • Post Production


  • John Papola


  • Teryn Fogel
  • Marshall Walker Lee
  • John Papola
  • Spencer Stoner


  • Aspiration Entertainment
  • Netflix

Available Now



Available Now

Watch the film on iTunes

Our Approach

At Emergent Order, our mission has always been to discover and share stories with the potential to change the world. So, when the president of a prestigious and influential think tank walked through our door, we started to get excited. Inspired by Brooks's intelligence and compassion, we pitched an expansive, cerebral documentary that would take us around the globe, from the slums of Mumbai to the coffee shops of Copenhagen, and into the heart of America's most vexing social and political problems. Directed by John Papola and produced by Teryn Fogel, Spencer Stoner, and Marshall Walker Lee, The Pursuit is a nuanced portrait of one man's search for meaning.