Media training: Work in progress

The atmosphere in the editing studio and all around the house is still as wonderfully busy as it can be. Everyone is giving  final touches to their so-called “tiny projects” – initial samples or teasers of what will become great communication tools – promotional videos, information leaflets or other audiovisual materials. Less than 6 hours until the presentation!copy (2)


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Imagewize – Collection of Resources

As we are heading towards the closing of this amazing media training, I want to share some of the resources we have been using in a structured way. Below are four collections of links.


The first one is a collection of videos that model the current practices of web video. It includes some classics from the business world, some of my own work and a wide range of examples (excellent, good, mediocre, not so good) that can be analyzed before producing a new video.


The second one is a collection of texts, articles, booklets, videos that are interesting food for thought. If you don’t want to re-invent the wheel, you can read into the current landscape of practices. The collection goes from TED talks to videos that reveal how YouTube offers you which videos to watch next.


The third collection is a very random attempt at gathering tutorials that I found useful. Your own list may be more valuable here: you can find wonderful video and film tutorials online. This lists reveals some of these, such as this gem on editing.


And finally, three websites for copyright free music. Best practice is always to make your own music, even if it’s simple. If you don’t have the time or people to do it, you can always combine sounds from this website to build something fun!

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by Hiie Tamman from EstYes, Estonia

When I decided to come to the media training, I was picturing myself spending these days behind the camera, learning to capture in a better way what stays in front of it. Instead, I pretty soon found myself on the “wrong” side, struggling to find words, telling a story of my own. It is challenging but being on this side of things helps in understanding how to film people in a more comprehensive and efficient way.

We are half way with the media training now and it has become very clear that audiovisual media is not only about audio and visual, but relies greatly on good story-telling. That has also been the main focus of the past three days. We have practiced telling our own, capturing the stories of others and also creating storylines for voluntary workcamp commercials.

Tonight we shared and discussed our own personal projects that we will be working on for the following days. Thumbs up for all of these!




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Expanding the Media Muscle

Impressive energy and commitment from participants who are diving into the genre of the 30-second nonprofit commercial! We keep rolling! Camera, lights, action!


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Charging the cameras, preparing the media studio, writing on the flipcharts, testing the microphones, sharing ideas, finalising the programme, arranging the accommodations… the team is getting everything ready for the training on Media and Communication to start tomorrow in Holloko, Hungary. This is the fourth and last training for the Vision to Action campaign and will involve the participants’ creativity to learn and share about communication within their organisation through media.


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Third Sector Business Model? Shall we, Shan’t we?

Carla, from XchangeScotland, writes about the strategic planning and fundraising program done during one week in Buenos Aires (Argetina).

After returning from Buenos Aires, Argentina, last week I now have a table of questions and future developments, however the bigger picture is still to be discussed and that is, should small charities adopt a Business model to survive?

I was given the chance to discuss and take part in strategic activities with key players in International Cooperation and Cooperate Social Responsibility, they are at the forefront of grass root organisations taking innovative approaches to state prevention in Buenos Aires striving on creating the world we want to see by a mix of passion, and most importantly with, the ultimate strategy!

Buenos Aires is a beautiful Capital with its own battles of social security and poverty, but its beauty and culture can overwhelm you along with its people, a new generation is shaping its future with its past, and doing so with great enthusiasm.

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This work was an open door to major partners in the International volunteering and global citizenship fields to discuss a strategy for international development for international citizenship organisations, but with all this knowledge and expertise on board the main conclusion was around the obvious and shared social issues each country faces.

For example as the gap between poor and rich becomes bigger, what do you see being the biggest factor to change that? The answer for us, was making the diagnosis of our current structure and realising adapting a business model, to survive is a must!

Charity with a Business Model

As we move into a trend of “Conscious Consumption”- people are buying for quality and at the same time looking to purchase social change. The model of organisations like Xchange Scotland have come to terms that their current model is not working to engage with more people and particularly the younger of our society who are the future of bringing development to our world. So from breaking away fro normality we create a modern approach to charities who need to impact further to stay around to see the change they want.

There are 4 Key planning Goals when building this model: 

1)   Producing quality products

2)   Raising Money

3)   Promotions of our social impact

4)   Spreading the word and building networks

From here we begin the empowerment of bringing a business model on board, by keeping the main actors involved, you shape the model with the key stakeholders that are shaping the organisation every day, it may not be easy to start, but can we play with the fire of survival?

In the meantime; complex situations need complex solutions, so don’t simplify, instead lets use our knowledge to empower our communities, clients and partners who will create the impact we want and introduce them to our new and attractive business model.

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Online Media Training Opportunity

Dear Friends,

I am writing this post to invite you to join the Online Training of the CCIVS residential media training. My name is Miki Ambrozy, I am filmmaker and media educator. We are currently working with the Secretariat and Egyesek Youth Association (HU) to bring you a high-quality media training, both on- and offline.

The Online Training is free and you can join it by signing up here. It is an essential step to a successful face-to-face training, because we will cover the very basics of media and communication. These additional lessons create a common ground for talking about making powerful communication pieces online. Even if you aren’t involved in the Hungarian training, you are welcome to sign up for the remaining lessons! The course will run until 7 June 2015.

Participants of this training can share their work and receive feedback on our Facebook group:

The programme of the Online Training:

  1. 26 May, Tuesday – Assignment #1 – The Tiny Project
    Deadline for completion: 30 May, Saturday
  2. 30 May, Saturday – Assignment #2 – Shot Types and Continuity
    Deadline for uploading to YouTube/FB: 2 June, Tuesday
  3. 2 June, Tuesday – Assignment #3 – Editing Basics
    Deadline for sharing a small edit: 4 June, Friday
  4. 4 June, Friday – Assignment #4 – Social Media Strategies
    Deadline for the reading & story assignment: 7 June, Sunday
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Sharing good practices about fundraising during the training on planning and fundraising

On the afternoon of the third day of the training several partner organisations (SCI Catalonia, Egyesek, Utilapu, VIN) in the project Vision to Action and participating in the training on planning and fundraising shared their good practices about fundraising, communication and local development.

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The group was then able to get inspired by fundraising examples from organisations in Buenos Aires, allowing the participants to the training to get new ideas from other good practices and indeed possibly adapt some fundraising plans to their own organisations.

Benjamin from Social Opportunitiy Group (SOP) shared how they raise funds to finance their social development projects by having a very good quality coffee shop in Melbourne, Australia and by organising latte art events from which all profits go to the organisation. They also organise fundraising events (concerts) in Australia which they manage to organise thanks to their network of organisation they have built over the years.


Fundacion Uniendo Camino on the other hand aims to accompany young people during secondary school and to help them realise their personal projects.  Rosario from the foundation shared with the group how they organise twice a year second-hand clothes markets to raise funds for their projects.


Sharing good practices is one of the best non-formal education activity, it allows organisations to open their minds to new ideas, see projects that work, give strength and courage and even helps to share common issues and indeed build common solutions.


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Day 3 of the taining: Alberto Croce from Fundacion SES sharing about the funding situation in the world

On day 3 of the training we had the pleasure to meet Alberto Croce, popular educator, professor and founder and president of Fundacion SES. The foundation is a social organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of different strategies for inclusion of adolescents and young people with fewer opportunities to work from the perspective of the rights of young people.


Alberto’s speech was in honor and memory of Eduardo Galeano, the great Uruguayan journalist, writer and novelist that left us in beginning of this week. We had a discussion in the morning about the situation of the funds and resources on a global level and their distribution. This allowed the group to open its perspectives on the approach about fundraising.


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Impressions of day 2 by Carla Fyfe from Xchange Scotland

Day 2 of the planning and fundraising training in Buenos Aires focused on getting familiar with a programme developped by Fundacion SES which aimes to empower one’s organisation by balancing its five important dimensions: the structure, the functionning, the communication, the sustainability and the network. Each dimension contains a list of important criterias that the organisation has to fulfill at 100% in order to be efficient. Each dimmension represents 100% and the whole pentagone represents 500%, if one dimmension is weak (meaning obtaining less than 100%) then it weaknesses the other dimensions and indeed makes the organisation less efficient. This programme allows to understand better the origins of the  flaws of an organisation, reflect on the mistakes and the gaps and indeed look for solutions to empwer the organisation.

Following are the impressions of day 2 by Carla Fyfe from Xchange Scotland.


“The Start of day two begins with laughter over the Tango moves from the first night in Buenos Aries, and I found my true calling….Tango!

We are at the end of day 2 now and it has been a very interesting one. All participants are getting their heads into their organisational strategic plans and how they implement them. To compile ideas and best practice together with discussions over coffee and those addictive Cookies!

We had the pleasure of Rolo from Foundacion SES to share his experience on mapping your stakeholders and your organisational sustainability, communications, functions and structure.

We created a Pentagon of our current situation to see visually where our strengths and weaknesses lie. This was an invaluable tool and one I will be returning to Scotland with.



Further, we then mapped our current stakeholders to have a snapshot of our international activities and where possible developments could be created.


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These two activities enabled myself and other participants to go further into our structure and overall sustainability. From here we could map how we can increase or expand these elements by identifying our stakeholders and eventually create a plan in day 3 to achieve our goals!

It was a day of brain power and interesting discussions, which has only empowered participants to create a strategic plan that takes all these elements into consideration!

So a big thank you to Role, Oriol and Flor for day 2 of Power, motivation and my first Argentinian BBQ!”

Stay tunned for more daily basis impressions about the participants!!

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