Welcome to the new WITNESS blog! As an organization, we’ve been blogging for about five years now, but now you can find it all in one place.
The blog’s purpose, drawing from the organization’s mission, will be to highlight and discuss effective uses of video in human rights advocacy. At present we’ve organized our content into the following categories (you can see these on the left column of the blog):
- Archiving Human Rights – trends, ideas and discussions about the importance of archiving human rights video and documentation;
- Artists Support WITNESS – about the involvement of artists in campaigns and support of the organization;
- Campaigns – updates and case studies from our own work with partners, but also pointing to innovative and exciting use of videos across the social justice spectrum;
- Knowledge Sharing [now called Video For Change]- a host of training information, toolkits, how-to guides, as well as spotlighting trends in the use of video for campaigning (for example, this post by Chris who shares a recent instance of “viral advocacy“);
- More from WITNESS – here we’ll share institutional updates, items on non-profit management, fundraising and more.
While the blog will mainly be authored by the WITNESS staff, we also plan to have external contributors ranging from our partner organizations to experts in the human rights and video fields. And we’re hoping this space will be one that fosters discussion, debate, feedback, links, sharing and improving. So please, join the conversation by commenting on a post. Also, it’s a work in progress so expect to see some changes over the next couple of months.
I’m pleased to be building on the work of many of my colleagues, most recently the amazing Priscila Neri, to curate and coordinate this new entity as the Blog Editor. Please contact me directly with ideas or feedback related to the blog.
Additional thanks to my colleagues Bryan Nunez and Marianna Moneymaker for their work to bring almost all of our previous blog content onto this platform and for helping to make it accessible through its layout and design. I’m looking forward to seeing how it evolves!
(PS: Looking for more background about WITNESS and our activities? Please visit our website for that information and a lot more.)