Who we are
Over the past 18 years, I have worked with a commitment to the importance of the voices of those less heard. I am a researcher, facilitator and trainer in participatory processes, including creative storytelling approaches. From the favelas of Brazil to the townships of Cape Town, I work directly with those affected by violence to strengthen bottom-up responses to exclusion through creativity and expression. I have led creative storytelling processes using digital storytelling and participatory video in Brazil, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Russia. I’ve also worked with several global networks to help them use these methods. I believe that we all have stories to tell; and, that in the telling of powerful stories, we can find new truths that can make a difference. You can find me in Cape Town, South Africa at the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundations http://www.livelihoods.org.za.
LinkedIn https://za.linkedin.com/in/joannawheeler / Twitter @joanna_wheeler
valentina (hvale) pellizzerA past as relief and emergency worker, a present as feminist internet advocate and a continuum as storyteller. Twenty years spent in the aid and development work with global and local organizations always looking for what motivate and inspire people action, and how individual and collective transformation can be hosted, and which tools can sustain civic engagement.
Passionate of technology in particular digital media and free software, since 2008 practitioner of digital story telling for transformation a methodology that combine the oral tradition of story telling, and feminist solidarity with digital technology and its powerful peer-to-peer co-production and distribution. Facilitator of digital story workshops in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Italy, Nigeria, Bosnia, working together with LGBT community, women rights activists, people with disability, students. Currently Emergence Response Coordinator @CARE Balkans, executive directress of Oneworld platform for southeast europe (owpsee) foundation since April 2006, and from June 2014 serving pro-bono. Founder of first feminist, alternative web portal in Bosnia and Herzegovina ženskaposla.ba, and the community platform poplave.ba (floods), blogging @ hvale.me
Tessa Lewin is a Southern African activist, artist and researcher, based in the UK. After working both as an animator, and development practitioner, she took up the post of digital arts manager at Lighthouse, before moving to the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to manage the communication for the Pathways of Women’s Empowerment research consortium. She specializes in visual and creative research methods, and development communication. She is currently a research fellow in IDS’ participation cluster, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Brighton.
Thea Shahrokh is an activist researcher based in the UK. Her focus is on understanding and enabling social change through research that empowers and challenges the repressions that restrict agency and voice for people living with exclusion and marginalization. She is interested is how storytelling and visual approaches create possibilities for transforming discriminatory power relations enabling revised and reinvigorated claims to citizenship for all. Thea is currently based at the Institute of Development Studies as a Researcher, previously having worked in the fields of youth participation and active citizenship when living in Guyana, human rights advocacy focused on southern Africa and public participation in the UK.