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Video4Change network member organizations Video Volunteers, InsightShare, InformAction TV and EngageMedia will be conducting a session titled, 'Exposing Corruption with Portable Camera Technology' at the 17th IACC conference in Panama on 2 December 2016.More information on the conference available...
The Right to Education (RTE) Act has laid down norms and standards for schools to ensure inclusive and quality education for all children of India. All the elementary schools have to comply to these rules. Unfortunately, many schools, especially in the hinterlands of India flaunt these rules...

Disputed Boundaries

By seelan on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:46
In Kenya, many conflicts are dismissed as 'cattle rustling', until they grow too serious to be ignored by the national government. Filmed in Isiolo, Northern Kenya, this film looks at how old boundaries and new resources become a deadly race of rivalry and survival between some of Kenya's...
From 24-26 August, EngageMedia participated in the Southeast Asia Video for Change Forum, which was held as part of the Freedom Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The festival is considered to be the most established human rights and environmental film event in the region, bringing...
By WITNESSWe are in the moment of an explosion of opportunity and hype around the possibilities of the ‘wildfire’ of immersive media – the ‘empathy machines’ of virtual reality and the breathless urgency of personal live-streaming video via Facebook and Periscope.There has been a wave of recent...

Getting Practical with Impact

By Egbert Wits on Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:43
Video for Change practitioners can no longer get around impact. Donors require video-makers to measure their impact and lately, a lot of attention has been given to video’s role within society and civic movements. Britdoc’s Impact Guide is probably the most used guide at the moment, but...

First Video As Evidence Workshop in Myanmar

By seelan on Fri, 05/06/2016 - 20:39
Calling all filmmakers, activists, citizen journalists, NGO workers, community reporters, human rights investigators and lawyers. WITNESS presents the first Video As Evidence workshop in Yangon, Myanmar, in partnership with EngageMedia.Find out more about the Video As Evidence initiative here.
19-year-old Mukesh was born into an 'untouchable' community in impoverished rural India. Now, as a correspondent for Video Volunteers, he documents corruption in his region's school system in an effort to transform his community for the better.Mukesh's childhood was marked by discrimination due to...
By WITNESSIn late February, YouTube released a new version of their custom blurring function. This feature allows users to blur select items in their videos such as faces or identifying information. In this post we will show you how to use the tool and give a brief background on why blurring...

Understanding Impact

By Egbert Wits on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 19:01
Impact, impact, impact.Ever since I started my work for the Video4Change Network, which was in late November 2015, I’ve been continuously confronted with the word, “impact”. More specifically, impact in the context of Video for Change. What is it? How do we measure it? How do we define it? And how...

Video as Evidence in Brazil

By seelan on Mon, 03/07/2016 - 16:17
Videos caught on cell phone cameras have increasingly changed the outcome of many cases in Brazilian courts. These are cases where the truth would have never come to light without video – the attempt to cover up an execution by police in the Morro da Providencia community, in Rio; a young man...

Enabling Storytelling

By seelan on Tue, 02/16/2016 - 21:39
By Egbert Wits, Project Manager of the 'Video for Change Impact Cookbook'Today, video has quite possibly become the strongest conveyor of stories. Considering the power of storytelling, its potential to leave you hanging by the edge of your seat, change minds and force audiences to see things...

Webinar: Video for Change and Impact

By seelan on Thu, 02/11/2016 - 12:18
Join New Tactics in Human Rights and other Video for Change organizations for an online conversation on Video for Change and Impact from February 22-26, 2016.The use of video as a tool for creating social change is determined by the impact that video can have on individuals. Understanding the...

Storymaker 2 Officially Launched

By seelan on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 17:57
By Brian Conley, Small World NewsDownload StoryMaker 2It has been just over a year since the generous support of StoryMaker Coalition member Free Press Unlimited enabled us to rethink the interface and core functionality of the app in the fall of 2014. StoryMaker was originally imagined as a tool...
By Morgan Hargrave, WITNESSAs the influence of the internet has grown, so has its importance for human rights documentation. This explosion of content has created new challenges and opportunities. While more human rights documentation is definitely better, it’s not always easier.One of the major...
By Shanti BaraikIn April 2015, I made a video on the issue of access to water in Kamdara block’s Tati village which comes under Rampur panchayat. The hand pump had been broken for 6 months. All the sources of water accessible to the community were dirty or not working at all. I decided to tackle...

Is It All About Creating Impact?

By Egbert Wits on Wed, 12/23/2015 - 21:54
Today, audiovisual recording devices are everywhere. But does picking one up and hitting record necessarily mean creating an impact? Are people generally concerned, or even aware, of the impact a video can have?The omnipresence of the camera in our modern world surely has an impact. But I daresay,...
By WITNESSOn November 12, 2015, WITNESS celebrated the power of video to bring about justice at our annual Focus for Change Benefit in New York City. Co-hosted by the amazing Femi Oke and Peter Gabriel (via BeamPro robot), the night was a huge success! With the generous help of our supporters, we...
By Pusat KOMASKuala Lumpur, December 14, 2015:  Today, Lena Hendry,  our colleague and a staff of KOMAS, is undergoing trial in the criminal court for allegedly breaking the law by screening NO FIRE ZONE: THE KILLING FIELDS OF SRI LANKA, a human rights documentary film about war crimes...
By Yvonne Ng, WITNESSSocial media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become the primary way that many of us communicate and share accounts and perspectives of events. So, inevitably, archives are increasingly interested in collecting and preserving our social media as historical...

Power is Everywhere

By Egbert Wits on Wed, 11/18/2015 - 15:27
Above: Leftists at a demonstration at the French Ministry of Justice, fighting for the rights of immigrants: Jean-Paul Sartre and Michel Foucault, 1972.Since 2012, the Video4Change (V4C) network has been engaged in research to explore the impacts of its various efforts in the Video for Change field...

Advocating for Ethical Photos

By seelan on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 14:02
By Brian Conley, Small World NewsEthics in journalism, and media creation is something we at Small World News think a lot about. We have produced an average of one new curriculum a year over the last 4 years, not counting localizations of the StoryMaker materials. Each of these provides an entire...
In July 2015, over 30 practitioners from 17 different organizations met in Mexico for the second convening of the Video4Change (V4C) Network. Here is a video summary of the event by network partners SocialTIC.View more documentation here.
Does sharing videos by extremist organizations aid their goals of provoking fear and glamorizing violence, or is it a necessary part of reporting? Should eyewitnesses be asked permission before their videos are broadcast by news media, or would that hinder the reporting process? How can...
“Unseen, Untold, Unheard” was the theme of PUSAT KOMAS’ Freedom Film Festival 2015 held in PJ Live Arts, Petaling Jaya, Selangor from Sept 11th – 20th, 2015. Over 2,000 people participated in the film screenings, master classes, video activism workshop and award ceremony.Among the participants of...

StoryMaker and the Newsroom

By seelan on Mon, 10/12/2015 - 20:57
By Brian Conley, Small World NewsLast week we had the opportunity, for the first time, to sit down with a functioning, experienced newsroom to talk about how StoryMaker might help them.When we started building StoryMaker three years ago, we envisioned not the tool for workshops and training that it...
By Priscila Néri, WITNESSImagine for a moment that your loved one was murdered. Perhaps a son as he played with friends on your street, or a nephew who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.Now imagine the perpetrator was a police officer and, because of that, there is only...

Video4Change Network Meets in Mexico

By andrew on Thu, 09/10/2015 - 01:32
In July 2015 more than thirty leaders in the Video for Change field gathered in Tepoztlán, Mexico, for the second global meeting of the Video4Change Network. The Video4Change Network is a global consortium of non-profits advancing the use of video and technology for social change. The event...
El martes 14 de julio iniciamos el encuentro con la Red global de Video para el Cambio con la finalidad de seguir articulando esfuerzos y aprender de las experiencias de organizaciones que trabajan diferentes metodologías pero una misma herramienta: el video y un mismo fin: generar un cambio social...
Nunca había estado en un encuentro en el que la agenda se modificara por completo un día antes del inicio. Este fue uno de los aprendizajes más importantes que me llevé de la experiencia de facilitar el encuentro de video para el cambio de América Latina y el Caribe: flexibilidad para lograr los...

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