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VIDEO: the power of participation

Development (Aid)

Throughout human history we see examples of people living with and using technologies, often for many years, before realizing new and potentially disruptive applications. For example fire. We lived with it intimately for hundreds of thousands of years before we worked out how to intensify its heat and how to melt minerals from rocks to create metals.

I believe this is also the case with today’s video technology. In this TEDx talk I explain why I think we are only just scratching the surface of its potential for community development. There are examples from 15 years of work with marginalized communities all over the world, combining participatory approaches with the power of video technology to shift awareness, galvanise communities and unleash hidden energy for positive change.

This is participatory video – it’s not just a video camera, it’s a mirror, an empathic ear, a people magnet and more...

Find out more at the InsightShare website, blog and Facebook page.

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