Because it was already 1 am when I set my alarm, and also because I am an idiot, I woke up at 4 this morning to participate in a webinar about participatory video. I'm an idiot because the webinar didn't start until 5 am, but I got confused with British Summer Time vs GMT and before you know it, I was staring at my immobile computer screen, wondering why no one else had come to the party.
I passed the hour eating cereal and picking out new photos for my desktop wallpaper. Here's a random selection:
But I digress. The webinar finally started. Organized by InsightShare, it was an online gathering of people around the world to talk about legacy and lasting impact of participatory video. The InsightShare team had some great examples of NGOs in South Africa and Cameroon, including one group that has made video a central part of their identity. Insightshare has run more than 200 trainings and it's so inspiring to hear of people that have carried on the work. They also have a great blog discussing the question of legacy in PV.
Chris Lunch, one of the founders of Insightshare, also talked about how they are working on a PV app (so cool!) for tablets that will give people a simple entry point into the process, and they are developing a fellowship program, because it's usually one or two key people who keep these projects going in the long term.
We also heard from Jay Mistry of Project Cobra, a group that works with indigenous groups in Guyana. Project Cobra uses PV for topics ranging from tourism practices to local farming and fishing to community radio. Their participatory process is strictly for research, not advocacy, but they are looking for ways to expand their impact to the regional and national level.
To be honest, I was so sleepy I wasn't able to focus with my normally razor sharp mind (ha ha). But fortunately the whole session was recorded so you and I can go check it out --they'll post them in a couple days.
Here's a couple more links with PV projects, I haven't checked them out yet but sound like good stuff:
Plan International has supported Filipino children promoting climate change adaptation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1upkBQ0tOeM
Oxfam's PV project in Nepal:
To learn more about COBRA's work in documenting and sharing Community Owned Solutions using PV and PP you can download their Handbook here:
Child Led PV Project in Southeast Asia: