Our partners

Real time

Based in Reading UK, Real Time advocates for and enables the use of participatory media and digital art in community settings. They deliver a wide range of workshops and projects, tailored to the aspirations of those involved and produce high quality films which record and celebrate people and projects. Real Time uses videoing and playback exercises, as well as other creative story-telling methods to stimulate deeper exploration of reality. This opens space for all views, and enables seeing as well as hearing. Stepping back from experience and discussing the issues together means new stories can emerge that encompass both causes and better solutions. Moreover, in authoring their own pathways forward, people are more likely to act to bring about change than when it seems imposed.

Dr Jacqueline Shaw

Dr Jacqueline Shaw

Jackie Shaw is co-founder and director of Real Time, and has been specialising in the use of video to structure and mediate social change processes since 1984. She is co-author of Participatory Video (Shaw and Robertson, 1997), an early guidebook, and is a leading expert in the field. She has written key methodological papers to question and extend practice, and was awarded a PhD in social psychology from LSE, London in 2012 for her thesis building more nuanced and contextualised understanding of the application of participatory video approaches to drive iteratively evolving action research process.

Jackie regularly provides methodological training, research leadership, project accompaniment, and consultancy input in health, community and development contexts. She has extensive practical experience designing, organising, and running group processes using visual methods on participatory projects in the UK and internationally. Recently this has been as visual methods convenor for ‘Participate’. As part of this global research initiative, led by IDS in the context of UN post-2015 deliberations she worked with Participatory Research Group (PRG) partners in Kenya, India and Palestine to explore how peer-led visual research processes can build ground level understanding and dialogue with policy makers towards more equitable collaborations and sustainable solutions.

Clive Robertson

Clive Robertson

Clive Robertson is an experienced film maker, trainer and producer with a comprehensive understanding of video and digital media. He is co-founder and current Creative Director of Real Time, one of the UK’s leading participatory video organisations. He specialises in using video in community settings, particularly with marginalised and hard-to-reach groups. He is co-author of Participatory Video (Shaw and Robertson, 1997), an early guidebook, and is a leading expert in the field using video interactively to support community action.

Clive has worked.with many partner organisations in educational, statutory, corporate and voluntary sectors – including time as co-director of London Video Arts. He has over 30 years experience in the independent production sector, delivering a wide variety of high quality video and media projectsin the UK and internationally, which provide people with the chance to express themselves, explore solutions and communicate effectively. He regularly lectures and runs training in video production, post production and participatory video.

Recently Clive directed the documentary “Work with Us” for the Participate initiative, collaborating with groups from 7 countries to explore their stories and messages and communicate them to decision makers. He is currently working on participatory video and digital advocacy projects in the UK with Homeless groups and young people with disabilities.


Tamara Plush

Tamara Plush at believes in the power of story to change the lives of people facing poverty and marginalization. This passion uprooted her from Seattle 10 years ago to pursue study and work in participatory media on a global scale. In her visual storytelling practice, she has consistently aimed at enhancing citizen rights through participatory media projects with organisations such as CARE, ActionAid Nepal, Plan International, Sonke Gender Justice and the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. These efforts have taken her around the world to work in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa and Vietnam. She is particularly passionate about addressing climate change rights and served as CARE International’s global Climate Change Communications Officer for three years.

In academia, Tamara received a master’s degree from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK, is pursuing a PhD through the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia, and is currently lecturing on participatory media at UQ. Tamara’s PhD is exploring how participatory video—as practiced in international development contexts—can enable citizen voice to be meaningfully valued and politically influential.  In Tamara’s practice as a visual storytelling facilitator, her key passion is for training people to ethically and effectively use participatory media for social justice. Here, she promotes that participatory media praxis needs a greater focus on democratic and responsive listening for transformative social change to occur. Learn more about Tamara’s work on her wikispaces site: http://tamaraplush.wikispaces.com.