Empowering communities by providing them with tools and participatory methodologies has been one of the aims of the Colombian STI Ministry “A Ciencia Cierta” social appropriation of knowledge program. The program officials want to use tools to nurture experimental initiatives and connect them with similar ones towards niches construction.
We propose the use of participatory video as a methodology to strengthen collective envision for local communities. Participants plan, produce, do the edition and finally present a video around a collective challenge by telling their own stories, values, experiences to communicate with wider audiences (White, 2003). The videos are entirely produced by the participants with the support of professionals and researchers involved in the project.
The team will invite at least three experiences supported by the ACC program to be part of the experience. Those participating will develop videos no longer than 10 minutes.
The project has three phases:
1.Training in the participatory video methodology with Minciencias officers, who will work with the communities.
2.Video’s diagnosis, planning, production and edition by the communities supported by ACC and communication professionals from Minciencias.
3.Public presentation of the videos at the TIP conference.
The videos will share two common questions that will guide their development:
•How our experience is changing our lives and environment?
•What do we need to make it stronger?
The initiative will start in September and will culminate with the public presentation of the videos.