Category Archives: Advocacy Video

Changing Food and Climate: An Engagement Journey Begins

Changing Food and Climate: An Engagement Journey Begins

One of the biggest challenges with developing Greenpeace’s Less Is More campaign to reduce industrial meat & dairy worldwide was deciding how we could campaign to change people’s mindsets on how eating cheap meat and dairy they eat while also campaigning in a more traditional way to compel governments to take meaningful action to stop subsidizing the worst practices.

This need to balance positive solutions campaigning with our more tried-and-true techniques would have to be evident in our digital approach as well. I was tasked to being the project lead on the Less Is More website to come up with some solutions for Greenpeace offices all over the world to encourage people to make small steps to change food for the sake of our planet, especially in mitigating climate change.

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Team Plant: Greenpeace’s Crack Team of Kids To Change The World

Team Plant: Greenpeace’s Crack Team of Kids To Change The World

It’s really gratifying to see a concept that was just and idea in a few people’s brains get translated into a solid script and then into a viral video. In online advocacy, this often doesn’t happen but a great idea and flawless execution paid off.

For the launch of Greenpeace’s Less Is More global campaign to reduce industrial meat and dairy production for the sake of the planet, three campaigners at Greenpeace International – Alessandro Saccoccio, Dawn Bickett and myself, brainstormed some ideas to really articulate how we’re trying to trigger a major shift in consumption patterns in a positive way. Continue reading

PBS MediaShift – ‘Syria Stories’ Uses On-Demand Illustrations to Tell Personal Wartime Stories

PBS MediaShift – ‘Syria Stories’ Uses On-Demand Illustrations to Tell Personal Wartime Stories

Published on PBS Mediashift with Mark Glaser.

This article was co-written by Brian Williamson. It’s a first-person account of a project by the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The news reports from Syria are dominated by casualty counts: 80 thousand… 90 thousand… 100 thousand people killed in the conflict.

Comprehension of Syria’s human suffering is desperately needed to keep the human cost in perspective. Journalists at the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) (part of the U.S. government’s Broadcasting Board of Governors) felt that a different approach was needed to give an Arab-speaking audience a deeper, personal connection to individual Syrians trying to survive.

Syria Stories is a new online documentary project from MBN that aims to tell the stories of the ongoing Syrian civil war on a very personal, human scale.

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Covering the Arab Spring With Tumblr In Syria and Bahrain

Covering the Arab Spring With Tumblr In Syria and Bahrain

Before we embarked on re-launching the award-winning Arab Spring blog, Middle East Voices, the Middle East team in VOA English actually learned some tough lessons in creating participatory micro-sites. We originally planned to created Middle East Voices on Tumblr but after two experiences, we realized we needed to use a more robust platform which turned out to be responsive WordPress.

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The Story of Indego Africa

The Story of Indego Africa

This video was shot and produced by Davin Hutchins’ social change video platform Nomadsland.

“Indego Africa extends to Nomadsland our deepest and most sincere thank you for this video. We believe strongly in their innovative mission of joining forces with social entrepreneurs and nonprofits to curate, create and distribute visual media that tells inspiring stories in the age of Web 3.0. Nomadsland is also leading the field in affordable production, great storytelling, and cutting-edge cinematography.”

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The Vision of Dragonfly Expeditions

The Vision of Dragonfly Expeditions

This mini-documentary was produced for an ecotourism company in the Florida Everglades. Davin Hutchins shot the footage and completed the editing independently.

Dragonfly Expeditions explores the biologically diverse tropical regions of our world.  We specialize in travel to the Caribbean and to Central and South America.  From the Yucatan peninsula, down the Caribbean coast of Central America, the top of South America, the islands of the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Florida from Orlando to the Keys – everything that touches the Caribbean. We explore rainforests, historic capitals, coral reefs, volcanoes, Mayan temples, aquamarine shallows, remote backcountry and jungle canopies.

Kingston and Coal Lobby’s Grip on the EPA ‏

Kingston and Coal Lobby’s Grip on the EPA ‏

In March of 2000, during the last days of the Clinton administration, the EPA decided coal ash was a hazardous waste. Then, two months later, it flipped. If the EPA had stuck to its guns, the Kingston Coal Ash disaster in Tennessee might have been averted. Now, momentum is building to federally regulate coal ash.

Produced for The American News Project / Huffington Post.

Video Essay: America and Obama Look Forward (Election Night 2008)

Video Essay: America and Obama Look Forward (Election Night 2008)

Forty-five years after the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech, many Americans feel that dream has been realized with the election of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. The producers of the American News Project take a cinematic look back on this election season as we trace Obama’s footsteps in Colorado, Alabama, California, Virginia, Illinois and Washington D.C. As we look back, Obama reminds the nation to look forward to the challenges ahead.

Originally published on American News Project / Huffington Post.

The Art of Flight – Documentary on Sudanese Refugees in Egypt

The Art of Flight – Documentary on Sudanese Refugees in Egypt

The Art Of Flight tells the story of refugees fleeing Sudan’s civil war for Egypt and one journalist’s struggle to get their story told. This feature-length film tells the story of three people who have found themselves struggling to survive in Egypt – a U.S.-financed dictatorship which has reluctantly become their home. The film delves deep into the nature of charity, the consequences of American empire and the price of transience.

The documentary debuted at AFI Fest Hollywood, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and Bangkok International Film Festival and is distributed by 7th Art Releasing.

Available on iTunes.