PEOPLES VOICE 10 Years On – The re-launch


MOVING ON – PEOPLES VOICE

We have spent considerable time, energy and resources in empowering groups, individuals and communities to take ownership of the tools of media expression in recent years.

Across all of our commissions we have worked around the world – from Bangladesh to Peru, from Tristan da Cunha to Greenland.

When we started the Peoples Voice project Facebook was in its infancy, having first launched (just before us) in 2004. YouTube followed in 2005. Even access to the internet was a time-consuming, unreliable affair. There were no smartphones and camera-phones were rare and limited, at least by today’s standards.

What we set out to do was to democratize access to basic tools of media representation. To engage in a process of story-creation and dissemination that would advocate for people who had rarely had an opportunity for their voice to be heard.

We’ve come a long way! The world-wide-web, 30 years old itself next year, now reaches well over half of the world’s population. Devices exist in almost every part of the globe that allow us to connect and it has never been easier to be seen or to be heard.

So what is there left to do? What will be the focus for the next 10 years of Peoples Voice?

Of course, we will continue to campaign for a platform, because many are still not getting their stories told. But as we consider what lies ahead for the next 10 years, we find ourselves asking: Whose story is it anyway?

Our tried and tested workshop programmes will, of course, continue to:

Play games that impart skills
Develop skills to gain trust
Build trust to unlock ideas
Shape ideas to draw plans
Write plans to form scripts
Animate scripts into scenes
Edit scenes to make films
Share films to build knowledge
Through knowledge spread harmony
From harmony, empower change

We have always believed that we are the sum of the stories we tell about ourselves. Our client groups have reported great therapeutic benefits from working with us.

So, in the re-launched Peoples Voice we are going deeper!

Before we begin the creative process, we start by looking at who we are and where we have come from. We examine the stories you have always told about yourself and who or what shaped those stories.

Wherever you are in the world, you, you can still have a right to be heard

We address the hidden voices of loyalty and judgement to:

ancestors
present families
society
peers
our own preconceptions!
With this knowledge we can choose if we want to keep telling the same story, or take the lessons from the past a shape a new one.

To find out more about how Peoples Voice can support you and your organisation, give us a call or drop us a line.

daf@griot.co.uk

07789 916418

Baden-Powell Women: The St Clair Legacy

The St Clair Legacy

Betty St Clair Clay takes a salute

In 1908 Boer War hero Robert Baden-Powell published the global best seller Scouting for Boys. It sparked the birth of a Movement that has spread all across the world and created a current membership of 50-million!

                                   

It followed the first experimental camp, at Brownsea Island on the Hampshire Coast, the year before – a camp for boys only, of differing social status.

 

The image of Baden-Powell is a familiar one. His story is known by most. But what is not so widely known is the story of the women and that girls were in the Baden-Powell plans from the start.

So in this project, Baden Powell Womenwe look to correct that!

We have exclusive access to the line of women who carry the middle name St Clair, inherited through five generations, from Robert Baden-Powell’s wife Olave.

So far we have followed Gill St Clair Clay on a pilgrimage to Gilwell Park and Brownsea. And we travelled with Daf St Clair George as she travelled to Kenya in search of connection to her great-grandparents, the Baden-Powells, whose remains lie there.

We tell their stories in Scouting and Guiding and outside the Movements and ask if they inherited more from Olave than just a name.

The rise of Scouting and Guiding runs parallel to the emancipation of women, and so, as we begin to see the emergence of a new kind of women leader across the world, we ask how that story is connected to Scouting and Guiding and The Legacy of St Clair.