Video Bridge / Grundtvig Workshop /
|see also: Links PatternLanguage
Interesting project: Universal Subtitles ( http://blog.universalsubtitles.org/)
"Our goal is to see an exponential number of videos become more accessible: to those with hearing and visual disabilities; across language barriers; and even around literacy barriers (via dubbed audio)."
A nice Sunday morning to all - a beautiful image of hope here:
High-definition cameras and web-enabled mobile handsets wielded by ordinary people have become crucial elements of news coverage in places such as Tehran and Rangoon, where what once was unreported is now recorded and rapidly shared with the world. But as shown by the mobile phone film that a passer-by took of Ian Tomlinson – who died of internal bleeding after being attacked by a police officer – at last year's G20 demonstrations in London, those digital technologies have a part to play in news coverage closer to home.
"There is a special issue on citizen's media and communication in the journal "Development in Practice", vol.19, issue 4 & 5, with articles by juan salazar, alfonso dagron, dorothy kidd, jo tacchi, and many others." . Right now it's free to download.
Durham, NC and Irvine, CA – December 16, 2009. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur? Foundation, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, Duke University and the virtual network HASTAC, today launched the third annual open-call competition that will provide $2 million in awards to innovators shaping the field of digital media and learning. President Obama named the Digital Media and Learning Competition as part of his initiative to improve education in math and science in a speech on November 23rd. The competition is supported through a grant to the University of California, Irvine and administered by HASTAC.
The competition seeks designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and others to build digital experiences—the learning labs of the 21st century—that help young people interact, share, build, tinker, and explore in new and innovative ways.
Detailed information about these awards can be found online at http://www.dmlcompetition.net:
• Learning Lab Designer awards, which will range from $30,000-$200,000, are for learning environments and digital media-based experiences that allow young people to grapple with social challenges through activities based on the social nature, contexts, and ideas of science, technology, engineering
Interesting Article by old friend J.W.Smith
We received a mail saying
"I’m writing to tell you about VIVIDH, a new program Video Volunteers (VV) is launching. I hope you can be part of it!
Imagine a journalist, activist or government official receiving a press release and a video in her inbox and it reads, “The practice of Untouchability in schools in India is a problem many people assume no longer happens. Well, last month, 60 community journalists investigated the issue in every state in India, and found troubling visual evidence of the practice across the country. These activist-journalists are rallying their communities to address this issue. Will you join them in speaking out? See the proof, realize the scale of the problem and take action!”
Clicking on the link provided with the mail leads you to a video gallery with 60 short videos, each from a different region/state, demonstrating the widespread nature of this issue and other problems. The main video provides a journalistic roundup of the overall problem. Other links lead viewers to take concrete action to combat the issue.
As activists we know how people’s issues are usually left out of the mainstream media. We at Video Volunteers believe that the only way to change this situation is for the underprivileged communities to create their own media. We are passionate about empowering community voices and have a well-worked strategy to create campaigns targeted to decision makers and the media for highlighting real issues facing India.
To this effect, we are launching VIVIDH - Community Journalism program where we will give fellowships to 60 local activists from across the country and train them in video journalism. The long term outcome of the CJ program is to create a video news agency from the poorest parts of the world, a sort of Reuters for the slums and villages that enables news agencies to access fascinating personal stories of social change and human rights from the most rural and remote parts of the country.
The mainstream media we are negotiating with are interested in vivid stories of local corruption and the non-implementation of otherwise pro-poor government policies. By unifying dozens of local stories from around the nation into an accessible media package for the mainstream media, we will bridge the gap between demand for content and the media exposure our issues need.
We need your help to identify these 60 people who VV will train as Community Journalists. We want one or two fellows from every state and Union Territory in India. VV will recruit the best possible candidate in your area who fulfills the following criteria:
• Associated with social movements, human rights campaigns and/or NGO’s • Belong to a disadvantaged background • Strong interest in communicating local stories to the world • Basic knowledge of computers desirable • Willingness to work full-time on this project for at least one year • Can communicate in Hindi or English
We request you to nominate candidates from your areas. Please forward this mail to them or alternatively fill out the form here on their behalf. We will be happy to email you the application form if you prefer to print it out.
We also need your help in passing this information to social movements/human rights campaigns or NGOs in other parts of the country from where we can find interesting candidates.
VIVIDH will be the eyes and ears and of the communities, voicing the many struggles and stories that the rest of the country ought to hear and see. I hope you will take some time and make this possible. Thank you for your solidarity and support.
Stalin K On behalf of the entire Video Volunteers team
Welcome to the Peer 2 Peer University
The Communication Policy and Technology (CP&T) Section of the IAMCR invites the submission of abstracts bearing on the Conference theme as well as on the Section sub-theme: ‘Citizen Participation through Technology, Access and Policy’.
The media and technology landscape as well as relevant communication policies are changing fundamentally, with a shift from mass media and personal media to media for mass self-communication. The technological facilities for mediated communication are proliferating and becoming increasingly fragmented as a result of convergence and the emergence and rapid spread of new media and internet technologies like interactive digital broadcasting, mobile technologies, social computing, internet-of-things and - more recently - cloud computing. Within this transitional digital media ecosystem researchers increasingly aim to understand how participation by people and communities can (still) take a central position and to what end. How can citizens and/or consumers be empowered in participation through ICT design, usages and policy? Or what are the threats and constraints for people to become disempowered in a convergence culture? Three main areas of user (dis)empowerment are being identified as themes of special interest for CP&T section:
A third area of focus deals with inclusion and multiple media literacies. This perspective links in with notions of digital participation that go beyond access. In the changing media environment, new affordances of communication tools require a reconfiguration of digital exclusion-inclusion. We need to look at different levels of capabilities, but also how inclusion is (not) built into specific media and technologies from a human-centred design perspective. At the same time this also means increasing the reach, breadth and depth of digital media and technologies across all domains of society through multiliteracies. The question remains however to what extent inclusion is always empowering, or can inclusion also lead to disempowerment.
abstract submission at
In our research we came accross this fantastic project from Germany. Although they do not work with video yet, their mindset is in line with videobridge goals and with the spirit of our workshop - The quote is in German, saying that they link farmers on their remote farms and organize also personal meetings:
"Die Teleakademie richtet sich an alle Schwarzwaldbäuerinnen und -bauern, die weiterhin auf ihren Höfen leben und arbeiten wollen, insbesondere auch an die wachsende Zahl junger Schwarzwaldbäuerinnen und -bauern mit anderen Berufen. Mit den modernen Medien Internet, Mail und Fax verbinden wir die oft abgelegenen Schwarzwaldhöfe. Wir bauen ein internationales Bildungswerk von Bergbauern für Bergbauern. Dabie bietet die Teleakademie für Schwarzwaldbauern dabei mehr als anonyme Informationen und E-Learning. In Gruppentreffen und Weidegsprächen organisieren wir den Kontakt und den Meinungsaustausch der Besucher mit den Dozenten und Experten aus der internationalen Berglandwirtschaft."
Aimed at individuals or small groups, the Talis Incubator for Open Education provides angel funding and other forms of assistance for ideas and projects that have the potential to further the cause of Open Education through the use of technology. All we ask in return is that you donate or 'open source' the intellectual property generated back to the communities that could benefit most from your work.
(Entry by FranzNahrada)
Today I learned about this: University of the People (Uo People) is the world’s first tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. The high-quality, low-cost and global pedagogical model embraces the worldwide presence of the Internet and dropping technology costs to bring collegiate level studies to even the most remote places on earth. With the support of respected academics, humanitarians and other visionaries, the Uo People student body represents a new wave in global education
sounds quite close to us! http://www.uopeople.org/
more on that: http://mashable.com/2009/07/24/education-social-media/ In the Future, the Cost of Education Will Be Zero
(Entry by FranzNahrada)