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Advanced Training Participatory Video August 2014, Ethiopia

From 27th - 29th August, 2014 thirty participatory video facilitators and practitioners attended a three day advanced training in participatory video. The thirty pv facilitators are representing 15 social accountability implementing partners (SAIPs), that are involved in implementing social accountability processes in the sectors of health, education, agriculture, water & sanitation and rural roads in the whole country of Ethiopia. The pv facilitators conducted pv interventions between march and july, 2014. This training gave them the opportunity to share their experiences and update their knowledge on pv, to learn to work with advanced software in video editing and to present the M & E results and to discuss the opportunities and challenges on how to sustain participatory video in their organisation. On the third day of the training, the participatory video oscar reward 2014 was given to the Social Accountability Partner who best applied Pv in helping their community to supp…

Results PV Oscar Reward Competition 2014 - Ethiopia

On the 29th August, 2014 the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program Phase 2 (ESAP2) organized the Participatory Video Oscar Reward ceremony in Addis Ababa. Fifteen organisations had submitted each 5 videos for participatory video interventions, they had conducted between March and July, 2014. Five organizations, who were nominated, had to compete prior to the PV Oscar Reward ceremony. Finally the winner was selected and rewarded in the Washington Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In this video some of the participatory video facilitators and a community member comment on how PV impacted and influenced their work. The PV Oscar competition brought some surprising result for them.Watch:


PV supporting community dialogue on improvement health service - 7 steps

The training participatory video, applied in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program, consists of 7 steps on how participants from social accountability partners learn to apply participatory video for dialogue with the community. The third training took place from 1 - 5 September, 2014 in Hawassa, Ethiopia. The participants inteviewed and involved 7 stakeholder groups in the discussion on the improvement of health care in Meki, Ethiopia. Both user groups and service providers were involved in this participatory process. The training was implemented by a team of participatory video trainers coming from Ethiopia and The Netherlands. Between October and December, 2014 the participants will apply the participatory video in their own workplace and social accountability projects involving their communties. The participatory video training and program is part of the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program Phase 2.  Watch the video:

Powerful stories sustain

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Good stories sustain. From scientific research it has been proven, that people remember powerful stories best. Especially if stories are true-ish and told with emotion, people do not tend to forget them. In the course ‘Facilitating Storytelling’ held on the 15th April, 2014 participants got acquainted with some major principles on how to tell and share powerful stories. Powerful stories are used for: Branding/ marketing; Organizational change; Knowledge transfer; Lobby, campaigning and awareness raising; Games An example of a powerful story, you can watch at Specsavers Emergency Drone Delivery:

Through the application of some useful tools, such as the symbol, the river, the Little Red Ridinghood and the Bad Wolf practice was gained on how to develop a powerful story. By the end a stripcartoon was designed visualizing a story about the added value of education.Read strip cartoon about Education.
The next training on ‘Facilitating Storytelling’ will take place on the 28th October, 2014.Read mo…

Participatory Video supporting the dialogue on social accountability – 7 steps

From 9th to 14th February, 2014 Simon Koolwijk conducted a participatory video training for 20 representatives from 10 social accountability implementing partners in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Programme Phase 2 (ESAP2). This program aims to improve the communication and relations between local stakeholders such as local government (Woredas and Kebeles), civil society organisations, local citizens groups and service providers in the areas of health care, agriculture, water & sanitation, education and rural road construction. The process of better communication aims to help to improve the services of service providers (the suppliers) so that citizens needs (the users) are being met. The participatory video was initiated to help to stimulate and support the dialogue on social accountability and the improvement of social services.

In the one week training, participants got the opportunity to apply participatory video in Metehare and Adama City.In Metehare City they interviewed…

Impressions about the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘The Future of Storytelling’

From October to December, 2013 I participated in the MOOC Course ‘The Future of Storytelling’ facilitated by Iversity. Iversity is linked to the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany.
MOOC means a Massive Open Online Course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. The ‘Future of Storytelling’ helped me to get a better insight on:
How fictional stories work;       How new technologies influence the ways stories are told and perceived;How technologies engage and audience fast and continuously;       How I can develop and implement my own story ideas or how I can facilitate storytelling.Content of the course The format of the course was very practical.Every week, I got the opportunity to watch video lectures about storytelling basics,storytelling on tv, the web and role play games.Later on I got acquainted with new modern techniques of storytelling such as transmedia storytelling and augmented reality and location-based storytelling. At the end of each online…

Facilitating storytelling through the Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf

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Last week I facilitated a workshop with the aim to harvest funny fictional stories. I applied the facilitation method of the ‘Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf’.   After sharing the story of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, I explained the main characteristics of a good story. Definition of a story: A story is a representation of events that are associated with each other. A story has the following characteristics: ·Is self-explanatory and has a beginning, middle and end; ·Contains narrative elements; ·Is authentic: true or true-ish; ·Is personal; ·Calls on emotions and / or is told with emotion.
Narrative elements are: 1.A main character (protagonist): A (anti) hero with whom the listener or reader can identify; 2.A storyline; chronological sequence of events, which includes 3.A plot: development, wrestle, dilemmas; 4.An  "opponent" (antagonist), a negative factor that the hero stands in the way; 5.A 'helper' or 'supporter', a positive factor that…

Dialogue on social accountability through participatory video – 7 steps

From 16th to 20th December, 2013 Simon Koolwijk conducted a participatory video training for 10 representatives from 5 social accountability implementing partners in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Programme (ESAP2). This program aims to improve the communication and relations between local stakeholders such as local government (Woredas and Kebeles), civil society organisations, local citizens groups and service providers in the areas of health care, agriculture, water and sanitation, education and rural road construction. The process of better communication aims to help to improve the services of service providers (the suppliers) so that citizens needs (the users) are being met. The participatory video was initiated to help to stimulate and support the dialogue on social accountability and the improvement of social services.
In the one week training, participants got the opportunity to apply participatory video in Gulele Sub City, where they interviewed key stakeholders working on…