Participatory Video Weekend Training Course


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Learn the practice and processes of successful participatory video for social engagement, community empowerment, cohesion and development.

The techniques and strategies you will learn will produce genuine participation, develop skills and confidence and give voice to the most marginalised and "hard to reach".

This course will also enable you to integrate participatory media into your communications, marketing and documentation strategy.

The skills you will acquire are valuable for the following:

    Help marginalised voices speak to power, decision makers and influence policy.
    Intergenerational projects
    Oral and local Histories
    Community outreach especially to the "Hard to Reach"
    Group discussion and decision making
    Unmediated peer to peer discourse
    Project documentation
    Community cohesion and empowerment
    Community-led research, testimony and the production of knowledge.
    Community-led economic development and awareness raising
    Community mapping and place making
    Inter-community communication. ( Narrow-casting )

You will also be able to receive practical advice on:

    Positive interventions to address cliques, social exclusion, elitism, hierarchies and prejudices.
    How to ensure participants have equality of experience and voice.
    Positive ways to use the insider/outsider dynamic.
    Methods of introducing the technology to absolute beginners - even technophobes.
    How to ensure participatory and democratic editorial decision making.
    Screenings as outreach, research and dissemination.
    Conditions required for meaningful participation and sustainable media projects.
    Dealing with mixed language groups.

About the tutor:

Mark Saunders

Mark Saunders has been engaged in participatory media practices since the very first UK community video projects in the early 1980s and has a wealth of experience of participatory media outreach work with the so called " hard to reach."

He founded the groundbreaking community access media co-operative Despite TV in 1982 and Spectacle Productions in 1990.

Mark, as Spectacle Director/Producer, co-ordinated media participation for two large European projects - Working Broadband GB and APaNGO - specifically designed  to use media as a tool for engagement and to inform policy.

Spectacle was a core partner in Working Broadband GB (WBGB), a National programme that aimed to assist black and minority ethnic (BME) groups and individuals into the creative and technology industries. This EU Equal programme was aimed at producing large-scale innovative projects that have impact through a direct interface with emerging policies in member states.

Spectacle was also a key partner in APaNGO (Advocacy, Participation and Non Governmental Organisations in planning). It aimed to develop best practice in community involvement in urban planning and to undertake a study into community involvement in planning across North Western Europe. At a special INTERREG organised session on media and documentation in Amsterdam our documentation and participatory media work on APaNGO was cited as good practice.

For CIRÉ (the Belgian Commission for Racial Equality) we produced a series of short, participatory online clips and interactive DVD Quand les Papiers Arrivent... (When the papers arrive...) by and about the "sans papiers", asylum seekers awaiting the right to remain. It was distributed on DVD to all schools in Belgium. National TV showed a selection of clips every night at 10pm before the news for 2 weeks.

Spectacle was the official media provider and participatory media co-ordinator for the Well London project from 2008 to 2012. The Well London Alliance includes London Health Commission, Groundwork, London Sustainability Exchange, University of East London, Arts Council England, Central YMCA, and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust,.

Throughout its history Spectacle has provided that vital, trusted link between researchers and communities. Our work is known and respected across various relevant community and research networks and organisations. We have collaborated with academic researchers on community led-research projects. We are the only non-academic group commissioned for a research project by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research programme, entitled Poverty and the Media, was a participatory project aimed at media decision makers.

When Charles Picque, Minister for Economic Affairs responsible for Policy of Major Cities, commissioned a conference featuring the 10 best practice examples of urban participation from across the EU two, St Josse (Brussels) and Marsh Farm (Luton), were Spectacle projects.

Mark has been a broadcast TV producer since 1990. For Channel 4 his films include “Battle of Trafalgar”, (Winner of Prix du Public International Festival du Film Documentaire Nyon, also broadcast in France), “The Truth Lies in Rostock” (Nyon Documentary Award Special Mention). “Outside The Law” and "Shaker Aamer: a decade of injustice" featuring interviews with Guantanamo detainees and their legal counsel have both been screened at the House of Commons.

Aimed at:
This course is aimed at anyone, with or without video skills, who intends to develop participatory input into their community, social and urban projects. This would include community and international development workers, social and health workers. Third Sector practitioners, cultural workers and artists who wish to develop participation as part of their outreach and idea development "tool-kit."


No. 25
99 - 109 Lavender Hill
London SW11 5QL


If you're interested in taking the course but can't make any of the dates listed, please get in touch anyway - we may be able to schedule additional dates or run as a One to One session. 

If you are booking for a group we may be able to arrange additional dates, tailor the course to suit your needs and/or travel to your organisation/company within the EU to deliver training on site. Please contact us for a quote.


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