This week, WITNESS will be participating in the second Video for Change Global Convening. The meeting will bring together members of the Video for Change Network and other video activists from 15 different countries and 5 continents. Participants will spend four days sharing their work and discussing ways that we can work to strengthen the video for change landscape.
The video4change network has been collaborating on a project with researchers to identify opportunities, needs, challenges and barriers for creating and measuring social impact within Video for Change initiatives for the past three years. By releasing this working paper, we hope to continue an ongoing conversation among Video for Change makers about what is required to design for and evaluate ethical impact.
Documentary films provide a unique, compelling avenue for people to address social issues, yet it is difficult to gain a comprehensive understanding of their impact. StoryPilot was born out of these questions and more, to provide the documentary film industry an avenue to understand the ways their work changes the world.
The successful nationwide organizing and subsequent protests in Egypt to oust the 30-year regime of President Hosni Mubarak have in part been facilitated by Facebook. But as media and technology commentators and human rights activists alike are noting, using Facebook for activism is fraught with risks.