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  1. 1. VIDEO ADVOCACY Mary Joyce for the Health Media Initiative of the Open Society Foundations Geneva, Switzerland | June 13, 2013 Styles image: Flickr/JustinJensen
  2. 2. Lobbying Vertical Campaign Horizontal Campaign 3 Stylesof video advocacy
  3. 3. Lobbying You Your video Decision-maker Enacts goal 1. In-Person Screening
  4. 4. Successstories 2007: Bound by Promises (17 minutes), about modern-day slavery in Brazil, was screened before the Brazilian Congress’ Human Rights Commission, and has proven instrumental in getting Mobile Inspection Squads, which are responsible for investigating claims of runaway slaves, to resume their work. "Bound by Promises" has also led to greater investments in programs for workers. 2005: The Austin, Texas City Council unanimously approved a resolution opposing vigilantes along the U.S.-Mexico border and requiring authorities to monitor and report all vigilante activities after a screening of Rights on the Line (4 minutes). The film was co-produced by partner American Friends Service Committee in collaboration with the American Civil Liberties Union. source: 2005: The State Senate Majority Leader in California introduced sweeping legislation to overhaul the State’s juvenile prison system five days after System Failure (31 minutes) by partner Books Not Bars revealing rampant abuses in the system was screened at the Capitol.
  5. 5. Casestory US Secretary of Defense sees the documentary The Invisible War, about sexual assault in the military. He decides to change the military’s policy about investigating assault cases to make it easier for victims to seek justices.
  6. 6. Film director and producer commit themselves to work on a lobbying campaign. They have a screening on Capitol Hill for members of Congress that is co- sponsored by 2 members of Congress who are allies. The filmmakers also organize 30-40 other private screenings for policymakers. They reach out to politicians, advocacy organizations, journalists and military personnel. They used their existing political connections. One producer’s mother was a Senator. The private screenings created a strong word of mouth campaign, which led to the Secretary of Defense seeing the film. How ithappened source:
  7. 7. Lobbying You Your video Decision-maker Enacts goal 1. In-Person Screening and your allies
  8. 8. More people to arrange screenings. More people to get press contacts. People to organize supporting tactics. You get the benefit without doing the work, because tasks are decentralized. Allies are motivated to participate because they reinforce their own key relationships with journalists and decision-makers by using your content. Allies work to their strengths. Lobbying organizations lobby, grassroots groups hold protests and rallies. Who are your allies on your video topic? The Importance ofallies
  9. 9. When is lobbying the best option? When would it not work? Lobbying1.
  10. 10. Vertical Decision-maker Enacts goal 2. Supporters Internet campaigning Internet and Offline You and your allies
  11. 11. Vertical Decision-maker 2. Supporters campaigning Target is an authority figure You and your allies
  12. 12. Allies andsupporters Allies help you mobilize Supporters. Allies Supporters
  13. 13. Allies andsupporters Ally Supporter Group National Bar Association lawyers around the country helps you mobilize University Student Association university students Union President union members Who else?
  14. 14. Vertical Decision-maker Enacts goal 2. Supporters Internet campaigning Internet and Offline How? You and your allies
  15. 15. Supporters VKontakte Twitter Facebook blog (yours or an ally’s) web-site (yours or an ally’s) Influencingsupporters upload to YouTube or Vimeo Then share via: LiveJournal What else?
  16. 16. Vertical Decision-maker Enacts goal 2. Supporters Internet campaigning Internet and Offline How? You and your allies
  17. 17. Decision-makerSupporters e-Petition To: Chairperson 1. citizen 2. citizen 3. citizen protest or rally call letter email e-petition Influencingthe decision-maker
  18. 18. Who are your likely supporters? What technology do they use? Developingtactics You website Ally’s website Your blog Ally blog Popular blog Facebook Twitter VKontakte LiveJournal
  19. 19. Posting to Youtube = Distribution! Vertical2. campaigning
  20. 20. Casestory When the Global Fund pulled out of Russia in 2009, the Russian government refused to continue supporting harm reduction programs. A campaign using video of expert testimony on the crisis convinced the Global Fund to extend its funding.
  21. 21. The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union filmed experts at the 2009 Moscow AIDS conference talking about the crisis in Russian harm reduction. They made a video, “Officially Neglected” (9 minutes) and posted it on Youtube. They shared it on their own website and on their Facebook page. They allowed other NGOs to post it on their sites (example: They emailed the link to NGO allies. They reached out to ally websites with higher traffic, like, to try to get a broader audience for the video. They started an e-petition to focus supporter influence on the target. Allies also showed the video directly to decision-makers (mixing advocacy styles!) How ithappened source:
  22. 22. When is vertical campaigning the best option? When would lobbying work better? Vertical2. campaigning
  23. 23. Horizontal Your video Enact goal 3. Citizens Internet campaigning by making a change in their personal behavior. You and your allies
  24. 24. Citizens Target is peer group You and your allies Horizontal3. campaigning
  25. 25. Casestory Celebrities, sports teams, businesses, politicians, and ordinary people make videos urging LGBT youth not the commit suicide because life “gets better.”
  26. 26. In September 2010, in response to the suicide of a number of gay teens, gay journalist Dan Savage and his husband record a Youtube video telling queer teens that “it gets better” and suicide is not an option. Savage writes about the video in his column in the Seattle weekly The Stranger a few days later. In that column he says that he has started a Youtube channel to host videos of LGBT adults saying how it has gotten better for them. Decentralization: Savage doesn’t make all the videos. He inspires others to make their own and share their own stories. The campaign gets very big very fast. Over 50,000 people create a video. A month later, President Obama creates a video for the project. Over 50 million people have viewed one of the project’s videos. How ithappened source:
  27. 27. With these types of projects, it is easy to measure participation and it is hard to measure goal attainment. (What is the goal?) It is easy to measure how many people have watched the video or created a video. It is very hard to know how many viewers were queer teens considering suicide who were convinced not to by watching the video. They don’t know if they have attained their goal of preventing the suicides of queer youth. This is because, unlike a vertical campaign, the individual targets are unknown to the advocate so their reception of the campaign is also unknown. Measuringsuccess
  28. 28. views = success! Measuringsuccess
  29. 29. You Your video Decision-maker Enacts goal Supporters Measuringsuccess measure here!(not only here)
  30. 30. If you decide to run a peer campaign, how might you measure goal achievement? Measuringsuccess
  31. 31. Lobbying Vertical Campaign Peer Campaign 3 Stylesof video advocacy What type of campaign is yours?