Participatory videos

Participatory video (VP) is a tool from the Participatory Action Research methodology (PAR) that promotes practices and relations in order to identify community needs or social problems (De Lange, 2012). It is used for various purposes such as promoting deep participation in communities or in social groups, promoting greater agency in decision-making processes and producing collective action for social change.

White defines VP as a powerful tool for "putting the individual in relation to his/her community, for being aware of his/her needs and those of the group, and for generating critical awareness. It has the potential to bring about personal, social, political and cultural changes (White, 2003: 64).

Thus, participatory video seeks to involve a group of people or a community in the design and creation of their own film, and in it they can shape the themes according to their own vision of priorities and they control how they will be represented. It allows the collective to take measures to solve their problems and / or to communicate their needs and ideas to decision-makers or other groups and communities. That is, the VP offers the opportunity to citizens to tell their own stories and to share experiences, values ​​and behaviours that seek a more sustainable development.

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Main ideas from Participatory Videos

  • It is a technique of participatory action-research whose goal is to transform reality through democratic participation - promoting sharing, learning, critical reflection and transformation.
  • It is an integral approach to research and social change, that is, it is a process that contributes to the production of knowledge and which is oriented towards social change.
  • It strengthens both horizontal communication (i.e. with other communities or social groups) and vertical communication (i.e. with those who make political decisions).
  • It strengthens the empowerment of the participants by promoting the control of their own audiovisual representation and the ability to create and manage it.
  • It develops social power as it stimulates dialogue to negotiate actions by exercising agency through collaborative production and influencing social agendas.
  • It is an important tool to stimulate local processes of innovation, the reflection of the community or the collective about their ideas and internal capacities and the creative exchange of ideas.

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In this publication we collect several research experiences through participatory video:

"Relatos para la transición. Experiencias de investigación mediante el vídeo participativo con enfoque global."

 Here we list our experience in participatory video:

 Asses the role of participatory well-being assesment in supporting the capacity of informal settlement dwellers to resist evictions

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This action research Project aims to explore the extent to which the concept of well-being can be used as an entry point to hold government authorities to account and engage in partnership actions that addresses the needs and aspirations of the urban poor. By conducting a participatory well-being assessment of the living conditions within an informal settlement, this research aims to explore how the research process and outputs can support on-going anti-eviction campaigns led by organised groups of informal settlement dwellers...read more

Creating videos for change (2016)

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En 2016 el gupo multidisciplinar el gupo multidisciplinar de investigadores y docentes de la Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) y del Instituto de Gestión de la Innovación y del Conocimiento - Ingenio (CSIC - UPV), Toma Social: creando vídeos para el cambio, facilita un proceso de producción de vídeos participativos con diferentes colectivos de la ciudad de Valencia. En este proceso de creación de vídeos participativos las organizaciones participantes han podido construir su historia y compartir sus experiencias de innovación social colectiva...read more

 Xarxa d’escoles per l’Horta

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La Xarxa d’escoles per l’Horta es una iniciativa de los colectivos sociales VSF Justicia Alimentaria Global, Per L’Horta y Asociación de Vecinos Orriols que impulsa y apoya las actividades y proyectos para profundizar y sensibilizar sobre las problemáticas de la huerta valenciana y su sostenibilid de profesores y profesoras de Valencia que están llevando a cabo en sus centros educativos...read more

Creating videos for change (2015)

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En 2015 el gupo multidisciplinar de investigadores y docentes de la Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) y del Instituto de Gestión de la Innovación y del Conocimiento - Ingenio (CSIC - UPV), Toma Social: creando vídeos para el cambio, planea su primer trabajo de facilitación de vídeos participativos con diferentes colectivos de la ciudad de Valencia (grupos de consumo, de movilidad, de sostenibilidad energética y medio ambiental, etc.)...read more

Summer School

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Del 2 al 14 de Junio de 2014 tuvo lugar en la Universitat Jaume I (UJI) y en el Barrio San Lorenzo de Castellón el Proyecto Intensivo Erasmus Global Identity through Desarrollo Humano: Summer school on Human Development and Participatory Research Video.

En Global_ID la actividad consistió en una investigación-acción en el Barrio de San Lorenzo...read more

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