Ashoka Changemakers is a global community of action that grows the impact of changemaking – from leading social innovators and community activists to Fortune 500 companies and global foundations. It has built a network of more than 15,000 innovators, hundreds of partners, and hundreds of thousands of changemakers from 125 countries by running more than 70 online competitions during the past decade, with partners such as GE, Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many other innovating organizations.
As part of their ‘Closing the Loop’ competition, I have joined many others in sharing my project of using Participatory Video for social and political action in Ghana, where I will be working in the fall 2014. The project is a multi-disciplinary exploration using Participatory Video (PV) to enhance participatory public policy structures in water governance of residents of informal settlements in Accra, Ghana aiming to improve representation and citizenship.
This project addresses problems of water security and governance, particularly in debates around the effects of recent shifts towards privatization and corporatization of water on vulnerable populations. This form of inclusive participation can democratize communication by provoking processes of identity deconstruction, reversal of power relations, and emphasizes narratives of self-transformation leading to greater participation.
To learn more visit the project website.