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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...

Impact Story: Handpump Repaired in Tati Village

By seelan on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 21:15
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,...

Round Up of our 2015 Focus For Change Benefit

By seelan on Mon, 12/21/2015 - 21:11
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...

Video4Change Network Convenes in Mexico (Video)

By seelan on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 18:25
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, UNHEARD, UNTOLD: Freedom Film Fest 2015

By seelan on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 23:42
“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...

Territorio Audiovisual América Latina y el Caribe

By Indira on Fri, 08/21/2015 - 01:04
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...

Audiovisual en América Latina: Descolonizando el Encuadre

By Indira on Fri, 08/21/2015 - 00:55
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...
It's been a week since members of the Video for Change network returned from the global convening in Mexico, and even as we're still sorting through the great number of discussion notes and follow-up actions that came about, many of us are already connecting in working groups to see our plans...
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...
escarga la hoja de trabajoLa red de videoparelcambio ha estado colaborando en un proyecto con investigadores para identificar oportunidades, necesidades, retos y barreras para crear y medir el impacto social con iniciativas del Video para el Cambio por los pasados tres años. Este proyecto comenzó...
Download working paperThe 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. This project began with the need for...

StoryPilot: Creating Stories with Impact

By seelan on Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:18
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...
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...

WITNESS Archive Guide Monitoring and Evaluation Survey

By seelan on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 23:24
WITNESS is launching a short 5-10 minute online survey to evaluate their Archive Guide and their three Archiving for Activist videos. They are hoping to cast a net far and wide to reach activists who have read and/or used the Archive Guide, or who have watched/used the videos.It would be extremely...

Video for Change Impact Survey: Key Findings

By tnotley on Thu, 12/11/2014 - 22:41
In October 2014 we asked Video for Change practitioners to complete a survey to help us better understand impact design and impact assessment practices and needs.41 people completed our survey and by far most were working in Asia (91%) followed by North America (21%), Latin America (19%) and...
Earlier this month at our EngageMedia office in Yogyakarta, Indonesia we hosted a consultation session with organisations that are using video as an approach to create or support social change. This consultation is the first in a series we have planned to gather feedback on our draft Video for...
Over the past 18 months the video4change network has been working on a toolkit to help Video for Change practitioners design for and evaluate impact. We’ve been blogging about this research here. We are now at a stage where we’d really like some inputs from other people working on Video for Change...
By Sara FederleinLast month, The New York Times “reviewed” the still-in-the-works Participant Media Index designed to measure the impact and engagement of social issue documentaries. Anyone in the nonprofit world knows that “impact” and “engagement” are the buzzwords du jour.But more...

Video for Change and our “Taxonomy of Impact”

By tnotley on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:37
This post considers the types of impact Video for Change practitioners can contribute to. It also discusses how our 'taxonomy of impact' has been integrated into the early development of our Video for Change Impact toolkit.Last week the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) wrote an article...

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