We have 3 levels of engagement - one level leads neatly into the next...
Focused on delivering a one-off product, with less opportunity for mentoring of participants, and with more responsibility on our side to deliver. Probably less chance to sustain a legacy once the project is over. Typically we will facilitate this short-term process with your target group from beginning to end.
Our training model has evolved over 10 years, through a rigorous process of experiential learning, reflection and adaptation. Here we aim to develop capacity within your organization and the target groups by following up an initial training with mentoring support as participants carry out PV assignments themselves. Thus we train local facilitators and we develop trainers who can keep the work growing long after we leave. It is local facilitators who lead most of the work and typically a large body of work is produced during the capacity building period. We are able to guarantee quality and a rigorous participatory process. Often this deeper work is carried out as part of strategy to build or strengthen partners or networks.
In special cases we help set up autonomous community video hubs. Usually we seek to work directly with communities or CBOs (Community Based Organisations) and occasionally with local NGOs. A hub is a space where video and audio equipment is stored and editing can take place, and is usually based in a local neighbourhood, township or village. Local facilitators, who are paid a small stipend, provide support, resources and equipment and reach out to include new groups in participatory video projects. In some cases local trainers become InsightShare Associates and are able to work on regional and international programmes. A hub is a catalyst for action in local communities but has a global reach.
We seek to develop understanding and mutual respect with all those we work with so that the challenges ahead may be worked out together in everyone’s interest. We see our clients as partners and our projects as collaborations. We now have experience working in this way with a wide variety of partners, from the large academic institutions, Government Organisations, United Nations bodies and major development agencies to small local NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations) and community or youth groups.
Talk to us about your work and why you feel participatory video could add value to the projects you support. If you are simply looking to brighten up a website or wow your funders it may be a promotional video that you really need and we could direct you to film makers we trust. But if you see PV as a process that could mean a lot to your clients/beneficiaries; if you place the process as high as the final product, then we should explore collaborating together.
“Yes - we believe deeply in the power of the PV process to change lives! We have seen with our own eyes how transformative a PV project can be, how it can bring to individuals a sense of empowerment and confidence through enjoyable collective work, and we see how it affirms peoples’ perspective, their knowledge and their everyday reality. But we have learned that simply making a film together and having a “global” voice are not enough –they are usually not an end, but a means to an end.
Without concrete action and measurable impacts, PV alone would soon lose its appeal. So it is important to help community filmmakers to focus on an audience and the desired outcomes. For example, in order to carry through the issues identified in the films all the way to achieving a positive result, it can be useful to use PV within a broader rights-based strategy.
Whether the community authored-videos are shown at large community screenings, through local film festivals, broadcast on national television or aimed at just getting one small group of decision makers to watch a 10 minutes clip… in the end what counts is: “has the situation improved?” Just as important is what happens on the ground. When issues and needs are identified, PV is a brilliant catalyst for action, and this part of the process needs continued nourishment and support from all stakeholders.”
Nick Lunch, Co-Founder InsightShare