Friday, March 6, 2009

A CNN for the slums

Spotlight on a cool YouTube channel doing innovative things with video in the developing world: Video Volunteers. This non-profit group is creating a self-described "CNN or BBC for the one billion people living on less than two dollars a day."

Their idea is pretty simple, albeit not easy to pull off. Basically, they're trying to empower people living in slums and villages around the world by giving them the tools to produce video content. By enabling local communities to create videos telling their story with affordable video and editing equipment, Video Volunteers hopes to set up a "global community media network."

They're doing amazing work already in India. Take a look at this video, in which young kids take action on the lack of a playground in their neighborhood:


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