Organizations that use video and communications technologies as tools for social change
Please note: This is by no means a comprehensive collection of video & media resources. It’s a highly subjective list intended as starting point for anyone interested in working with video as an advocacy tool, or in the general area of media literacy. Feel free to send us your suggestions of links you’d like to see included.
New York based organization whose aim is to strengthen grassroots advocacy by making video and technology tools available to local organizations worldwide. Also committed to mobilizing public concern and activism so that human rights issues move to the center of political debate.
- Training materials available (hard copy and on-line)
- written materials in English, French, other languages
- Video for Change training video, tips & techniques video
- training sessions for individuals and organizations that become Witness partners
- Great source of short documentaries, raw footage, and public service announcements on various human rights issues.
- Great examples of how different organizations are using video in advocacy work (eg. anti-poverty/welfare rights, anti-racism, advocacy regarding, disability issues.)
Great source of articles, Internet links and other info on the topic of all kinds of media use for development and democracy. Focus is on community based & grassroots work. Good place to start to get acquainted with this subject.
The Video Activist Network
Non-profit organization with charitable status based in Vancouver, devoted to “strengthening communications between not-for-profit organizations, government and the media, both in Canada and internationally.” Geared toward non-profits, governmental agencies, socially-conscious media-makers, and others interested in fostering active civil society. “Free Media Program” works on use of media in peacebuilding and fair trade.
Works on many policy, training and advocacy issues – see Web site for current initiatives.
Canadian media literacy clearinghouse site. Links to all kinds of media literacy resources. “Offers practical support for media education in the home, school and community and provides Canadians and others with information and “food for thought” on our fast-evolving media culture.”
“Indymedia is a collective of independent media organizations and journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage. Indymedia is a democratic media outlet for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of truth.” Geared toward protest/direct action/anti-corporate/anti-globalization audience. Alternative news outlet. Links to all kinds of ‘alternative media’ sites. On-line samples of videos from their own and other alternative media sites. Info on how to put together a video, but not an extensive guide or manual.
UK-based video-activist resource. Geared toward same audience as IndyMedia, Video Activist Network. Video footage archives, programs on various issues, ‘how to’ manual, help with strategizing about how to use video in an advocacy or activist context.