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:
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.