When it seems like every message in the world is violent, racist, divisive or extremist, it is easy to get discouraged and frustrated. Even when you want to change things and make a difference, getting started can be challenging.
This is where en.v comes in. The organization believes in fostering social development and civic engagement in the region by empowering the very people who are a part of it.
en.v, a division of EBCG, is an organization dedicated to fostering social development and civic engagement in the Middle East by empowering individuals and organizations. Its programs focus on building capacity and creating strategic networks among local civil society organizations (CSOs), youth initiatives, the private sector and governmental actors. Through collaborative efforts and educational outreach, en.v enables communities to identify and pursue innovative approaches to local and regional challenges.
This April, they will be hosting their second workshop that provides creatives with the tools needed to transform their passionate ideas into concrete actions. They understand the real obstacles in creative socially impactful campaigns that can change minds and can help the artists of the world overcome them.
For eight days, leading film creators, storytellers, directors and producers mentor the participants in the program. One-on-one training sessions are scheduled to provide further guidance for the applicants. The objective is to create positive and compelling online campaigns that change minds, attitudes, and behaviors. It starts with countering the negative and destructive messages that are found everywhere.
Four main components make up the program. First participants need to be able to conceptualize their ideas and find their voice. Next, with some creative direction and development, their ideas become an actual message. The third step is disseminating the message. The final step is monitoring and evaluation of the campaign.
En.v is offering a 5,000 USD grant that can be used to implement the campaigns. If you think you have what it takes, you could be one of the twenty-four aspiring creative activists. All you have to do is fill the application form. Hurry up because the deadline is March 11th!