We support local custodians of biodiversity, such as indigenous peoples to continue protecting the vital ecosystems they live in. Participatory Video can help document and promote traditional knowledge, local culture and languages; and build bridges with scientists, conservationists and decision-makers. Here are some examples.
Fifty members of the Khasi village in Nongtraw, Meghalaya, North West India, made a video with the support of InsightShare and KSO, a local indigenous organizationas part of the project for the Indigenous Partnership for Food Sovereignty and Agrobiodiversity. The video was presented at the Terra Madre meeting in Sweden (June 17th-19th 2011) by the commuity members themselves.
In March 2010 we organised the first Conversations with the Earth Community Festival to celebrate biodiversity and cultural diversity around the world and in our hometown Oxford in particular. Over the course of nine days diverse activities - ranging from film screenings and lectures to discussions, practical workshops, participatory ‘ceremonies’, comedy shows and dance events - took place in the Old Book Binders in East Oxford, UK.
Since the start of the Conversations with the Earth (CWE) Programme, InsightShare has worked with indigenous communities across 5 continents. This catalogue provides an overview of all videos that have been produced by these communities since the network’s launch in March 2009. The films communicate the collective voices of women, men, young people and elders.
This document about a media hub development training carried out in Vicam, Mexico in 2010, describes the the aims, outputs and successes of the training. It also includes notes on new Participatory Video games that were developed during the process.
A training of facilitators from all around the Asian-Pacific region introduced Participatory Video to a group of indigenous youth activists, who created a film about their views on the UN REDD programme during the process.
A two month 'skills exchange' saw an InsightShare associate posted to a local Baka NGO (Association Okani) in Cameroon, this summary explains more about the project, plus some links to the films made during the exchange.
A short PDF including information about the forthcoming exhibition for CWE at the National Museum for the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington DC and the latest incarnation of the website, due to be launched in June 2011.
Working in 6 Balkan countries MilieuKontakt and Kocka implemented a participatory process of local sustainable development called 'The Green Agenda'. Between November 2009 and October 2010 InsightShare facilitators visited the Green Agenda working groups in Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia to introduce participatory video as a way to tell their stories. This is the story of the workshops...