Through taking part in Participatory Video people can grow in self-esteem, value their knowledge, reflect on local issues, share perspectives, identify commonalities and ways forward. This process leads to critical thinking and collective local action. Here are some examples from InsightShare projects.
During this participatory video project, a group of young people from Oxfordshire explored what it means to them to live in a democratic country and what young people can do to act for change. After they had learned how to plan and shoot a video, they asked themselves and other youth on the streets of Oxford: if you were a change maker, what would you change in our society?
A 3-stage capacity building programme for young people in Karamoja, Northern Uganda. UNICEF's communication for development and peace building programme was designed to address conflict drivers through community drama and radio and journalism. Through one 11-day and one 7- day workshop, fourteen programme beneficiaries were trained to facilitate a participatory video and most significant change process in three communities in the region.
UNICEF Sierra Leone has been exploring the linkages between education and peace building through targeted actions such as the Child Friendly Schools action research programme. The Child Friendly Schools initiative is a multi-dimensional concept of quality that addresses the total needs of the child as a learner.
A group of formerly homeless people, students and staff members of two NGOs took on the challenge to document what it is like to be homeless in Oxford, the least affordable city in the UK. The team used action research and participatory video techniques to explore the diversity of causes of homelessness, the complexity of people’s struggles and how to break down harmful stereotyping.
This training video presents the benefits of an improved stove design, by comparing it to the 'traditional stove': a metal tripod or mud structure with an open fire underneath, which many people in the world use to warm their homes and cook their meals. It also demonstrates exactly how to build it and which materials and tools are needed. The video was made by four farmers and four staff members from the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) during a participatory video workshop in Baraguan, Surkhet, Nepal.
In a mountainous, isolated part of the Surkhet district in Nepal, the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) works to support people in ten rural villages by promoting no-or-low cost, locally appropriate techniques that have the potential to improve livelihoods. In February 2014, an action research project was undertaken to explore if a farmer-to-farmer mediated extension model, based around the production and dissemination of videos featuring local farmers and HPC staff, could effectively support HPC in their mission.
In 2013, representatives from communities in the Ayeyarwady Delta region of Myanmar (Burma) were trained in facilitating participatory video processes. The ground-breaking capacity-building programme was the first of its kind in Myanmar, and is one of only two examples of participatory video known to have ever taken place in the country.
This paper by Valentina Bau, Graduate student at Macquarie University, Department of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies, looks at an InsightShare participatory video project in the Rift Valley of Kenya after the 2007–2008 post-election crisis, when the country underwent a period of intense ethnic violence.