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Making of remote participatory video - listening to the voices of refugees

Between January – June, 2021 a participatory video intervention was conducted with refugees and humanitarian aid workers in Greece. This video shows the process, experiences with the process on how the voice was given to refugees on how they experience the life in the refugee camps and on how they see their future. The process was facilitated through remote means by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk.

In the mid of August, 2021 together with a wonderful crew, we produced a second drama film at Kino Leipzig. Revenge is a comedy telling the story about three people, who are cheating each other in their relationships. Revenge has a price, which becomes comes clear if the story gets unfolded.

Mystery of the disappeared farmer's wife

In the mid of August, 2021, I participated at Kino Datsche in Leipzig, Germany. I had the opportunity to produce together with a wonderful crew a drama film in documentary style. Mystery of the disappeared farmer’s wife tells the story about the disappearance of Alena from a farm. Three children, the brother-in-law and Alena’s sister are looking back on what happenend in the last 33 years. In September, 2021, the film was selected and screened at the 4th Multicultural Film Festival in Toronto.

Remote participatory video documenting stories on refugees in Greece

From January - June, 2021 a team of refugees and members from a local humanitarian organisation were going through a remote participatory video intervention. The main aim of the intervention was to listen to the voices of refugees in two refugee settlements in the North of Greece and to better understand their life situation on what is currently important in their lifes. The process was completed with an online projection on the 1st  July, 2021. The process was guided remotely by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk.

During the first phase of the project participants have strengthened their video making skills, including research, story development, filming and editing. By the end of February, 2021 each team per settlement finalised a life story of a refugee. During the second phase working, two teams completed a participatory documentary, including space for the refugees to share their voices on issues which are important for them. The films were shared during an online projection on the 1st July, 2021. 

Online projection film 'Adapting to the Pandemic' by the participants of the training Remote Participatory Video

From 12 - 16 April, 2021 four participants working with NGOs or private companies, participated in the training Remote Participatory Video. The 5-day online training was conducted by Ralf Otto and Simon Koolwijk. As completion of the course, on the 6th May, 2021,  the 12-minute participatory video 'Adapting to the Pandemic' was shown and shared with an audience of 30 participants coming from the organisations, where the participants were working. During the 2-hour online session the benefits, learnings and possibilities were shared amongst the participants. 

Online exhibition Zozan Hamo's Road to Hope

In March, 2021 I facilitated and guided the online exposition of Zozan Hamo's Road to Hope. Zozan is a mother who had to flee the war in Syria and brought her children to safety. She made a number of beautiful and impressive painting of her journey. I also assisted in the editing of the short 4 minute video showing parts of the online exposition, Zozan's story and the dialogue.

Vibrations - Kino Terragonik
In February, 2021, I online produced the film 'Vibrations' with a team of actors and filmmakers coming from Spain and Switzerland. For a period of one week, we worked jointly online. Shooting took place in two local studios in Catalonia, Spain. This film shows 6 emotions/ state of minds of people going from distrust and anger towards the state of healing and love. The story is beautifully reflected by 5 actors.
Online facilitation of thematic webinars
Between April 2020 and March, 2021, Facili2transform facilitated more than 15 online workshops with the Nedworc Association on topics such as Basic Income, Covid-19, Economic and Geografic developments in Africa, Health, Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals. Facili2transform conducted 6 public webinars on remote participatory video.  
Making-of of remote participatory video about the impact of the Corona epidemic
On the 3rd September, 2020 the ‘ Making off of remote participatory video’ was shared at a joint online workshop of ReflACTION, a network that promotes community-led action during humanitarian crisis. During the online event, attended by 25 development professionals, it discussed on how human change stories can be gathered and used for dialogue in case people in remote areas can difficult be reached because of the epidemic. Watch the making off:
Short drama film about psychological domestic violence produced at Kino MMXX in Liège, Belgium
In September, 2020 a team of actors and film crew producers jointly produced the drama film ‘ Déconnecté’ at Kino MMXX in Liège, Belgium. The 7-minute short film shows a case of psychological domestic violence.
Short dance film – online produced at Kino Terragonik, Spain
In June, 2020, a dance film was jointly produced with a team of actors and film crew producers at Kino Terragonik in Spain. The dance film supported by poetry shows the story of Erotomania, a dysfunctional human behaviour.
Remote participatory video documenting stories on the impact of Covid-19 on refugees in Germany, Turkey and Uganda
In May and June, 2020 Simon Koolwijk conducted together with Ralf Otto a remote participatory video intervention with the ReflACTION network, Welthungerhilfe, Kulika and Handicap International. The aim of the remote participatory video intervention was to listen to stories of refugees in Germany, Turkey and Uganda on how the Covid-19 crisis impacted their lives. Through a process of applying video conference meetings, online tools, teams in the three countries were enabled to direct refugees to record and shoot stories at their locations. All relevant footage was compiled and discussed with the PV teams. Finally, three interesting documentaries were ready and shared at a joint online film festival. The three teams had an opportunity to present and share their films and experiences. 
In the coming months, the organisations based in Germany, Turkey and Uganda will plan to use the video for awareness raising and advocacy activities. Already some adaptations have been made in the service delivery of the organisations based on the collected stories and feedback from the refugees.
Workshop participatory video showing the future of work in 2055, 2090 and 2125
Together with Hans Broeks, I facilitated on the 3rd December, 2019 the workshop 'Participatory video' visualizing the future of work in 2055, 2090 and 2125. This workshop was part of the Art of agile network, which promotes the idea that art is inspiring for agile working.  Three short video stories were produced which we presented and exposed at a Museum with Art showing the future of work. At the start of the workshop, the film 'The computer of the future' was shown, which we jointly produced as part of a participatory process in the fall of 2019. At the end of the event, participants shared their insights and learnings on the earth globe. Read more about the process: Absolute beginners - a responsive creative approach - author Ronald Teeuw, https://artofagile.wixsite.com/artofagile/post/absolute-beginners-a-responsive-creative-approach 
Participatory video in South-Sudan - Crisis affected people reflecting on their role in the decision-making in humanitarian aid
In the whole month of October, 2019 I conducted a participatory video intervention in two communities in South Sudan. People shared their stories on how crisis-affected people are involved in decision making in the design, implementation and evaluation of humanitarian interventions.
The learning experiences were shared from 19 - 21 November 2019 at the Forum of Reflaction, a network that promotes locally led initiatives in crisis situations.
The participatory video intervention gained a lot of new insights and was very empowering for all the actors involved.
Participatory video to kick-off the dialogue about 'The future of work'
During the summer of 2019, professionals participating in the 'Art of Agile' network developed a script and a story about 'the Future of Work'. On the 27th September, 2019 a short film was shot about the 'Computer of the Future'. The story tells from the perspective of 1984, when people in a company look 35 years forward on how the future of 2019 will look like. This film formed the kick-off of the 'Art of Agile' meeting about 'The Future of Work', which was held on the 3rd December, 2019 where all participants contributed towards a joint piece of Art visualizing 'The Future of Work' in 2055, 2090 and 2125.
Short films - Kino Kabarets Liege, Leipzig, Paris and Jena
Between April and September 2019, I produced and directed joint with a team of actors, dancers, camera and sound people five beautiful short movies. Two short drama movies and three dance movies. The films were produced at the Kino Kabarets of Liege, Paris, Leipzig, and Jena. The last one, called Emptiness, was produced at Kino Jena together with Alena Leistner (Dance and Cheography), Frank Muller (Camera), Constance Volkmar (Voice over) and Julia Bierau (Translation). Watch some of the movies at https://vimeo.com/simonkoolwijk
Mid-term review social accountability in Sierra Leone and evaluation humanitarian response program in Nigeria
Between February and April, 2019, I conducted two evaluations in Western Africa. The first one was a mid-term review (MTR) assessing the Theory of Change (ToC) of a Social Accountability and Building Inclusion program taking place nationwide in Sierra Leone. This program aims to improve the quality of public service provision (health, education and water supply) by involving citizens. During the evaluation more than 200 actors were interviewed about the progress of the project. Finally, the mid-term review was finalized with a national meeting, involving all key stakeholders representing local, district and national level. Two videos composed of stories of change and areas for improvement, captured and shot during the MTR, were shown for discussion. Finally findings were shared, discussed and compiled to conclusions and recommendations at a final team review meeting.

This MTR was followed by an evaluation of a humanitarian response program in the north-east of Nigeria. There the impact and results were assessed of an ‘unconditional cash program’ and an intervention preventing the malnourishment of children. Both interventions aimed to help marginalized groups and internally displace people(IDPs), who had suffered from food shortages and civil war in the north-east of Nigeria. The evaluation was finalized with a team briefing, where jointly conclusions and recommendations were formulated with the key implementing local organisations. Facili2transform is committed to further implement similar evaluations in 2019 and 2020.
Videomaking for monitoring and evaluation - 7th and 8th February, 2019
On the 7th and 8th February, 2019 two monitoring and evaluation experts participated at the 2-day training ‘Videomaking for monitoring and evaluation’ held at Kontakt der Kontinenten, Soesterberg, The Netherlands.  In two days they gained knowledge on how to apply video for monitoring and evaluation, camera techniques and the characteristics of a good video, which was followed by a lot of practice on story development, filming and editing. At the end of the training the M & E experts showed and shared a short video production, based on two practical case studies, which they had developed during the training.
Are you interested in this training, the next one will be held on 10 - 11 December, 2020.  Read more at 'Videomaking for M & E'

Participatory video and the win-win of diversity and inclusion - January, 2019

At the event 'Being Human in Agile Times' organised by Capgemini - Agile on the Fly on the 21st January, 2019 Saskia Ivens and I conducted a workshop about the Win-Win of Diversity and Inclusivity in an agile working context. With a group of 10 participants we discussed 'Change Management issues - challenges, opportunities and solutions - for gender, diversity and inclusivity by using participatory video. We had some very interesting eye openers about the added value of working in diverse and inclusive teams.

Video for monitoring and evaluation

From 25th - 26th October, 2018 Facili2transform (Simon Koolwijk) conducted the training Video for Monitoring and Evaluation. During the training participants gained skills on how to apply video for the monitoring and evaluation of projects.  Watch the video with impressions from participants and the trainer Simon Koolwijk. The video is a joint production of both participants and the trainer.   Watch: 

If you are interested in a training on Video for Monitoring and Evaluation, please consult the website of Facili2transform.  Website:  https://www.facili.nl/

Video production kick off Multi stakeholder process on improving bio diversity in Poland (BIOGOV project)

Promuje Lodzkie, one of the project partners in the BIOGOV project which promotes bio-diversity in 8 European countries, produced in October 2018 a video of their first regional stakeholder group meeting. The participants had a chance to share their opinion on their role and possible contribution to the BIOGOV project as well as their diverse perspectives on regional biodiversity. During the meeting participants used techniques proposed by European project leader. First one called “Rich Picture” – which is some kind of picture, some kind of poster. This method involves stakeholders working together to draw a picture with their input on the project. During the meeting participants proposed to promote traditional fruit en horticultural practices, since this increases bio-diversity in the ecological system.  Watch the video;
Project staff from the Promuje Lodzkie and BIOGOV partner were trained in participatory video by Facili2transform in July, 2018 and this is one of their first video productions enabling to visualize the multi-stakeholder process contributing to improved biodiversity in the region.

Facilitating talent and diversity

On the 26th November, 2018 I facilitated a workshop about Talent and Talent development for a big engineers firm. During the workshop the diversity of talent was linked to job function development and arising work opportunities.

 Kick off facilitation strategic planning process with Sinek's Golden Circle

On the 13th November, 2018 I facilitated the Kick off of a strategic planning process with an international organisation working on environment and bio diversity. In this facilitation I worked with Sinek's Golden Circle to create consensus for its mission statement and unique added value.


 Videomaking for monitoring and evaluation – 25th and 26th October, 2018

On the 25th and 26th October, 2018 three monitoring and evaluation experts participated at the 2-day training ‘Videomaking for monitoring and evaluation’ held at Kontakt der Kontinenten, Soesterberg, The Netherlands.  In two days they gained knowledge on how to apply video for monitoring and evaluation, camera techniques and the characteristics of a good video, which was followed by a lot of practice on story development, filming and editing. At the end of the training the M & E experts showed and shared a short video production which they had developed during the training.

Participatory video as baseline assessment for biodiversity in Europe

From 2 – 6 July, 2018  a participatory video intervention was conducted for the BIOGOV - Interreg Europe project. The PV intervention was a baseline assessment about the decline of the meadow bird population in Fryslan and on how to take measures to stop the decline and improve the biodiversity. Professionals in communication and  nature conservation experts interviewed  stakeholders on biodiversity in the Province of Fryslan, The Netherlands.

This pv trajectory is part of a project that takes place in 8 European countries, aiming to improve the biodiversity by bringing stakeholders together to work on sustainable nature conservation. Participatory video focuses on increasing awareness, supporting the learning process and  making the problem, the change and the actors involved in the process visible.

Storytelling by film at Hamburger Kino

You can tell fantatistic stories with poetry, film and dance in one movie. Angels of Hamburg is such a production which I produced with Solomia Kushnir, Javid Ananda Wunsch and Sam Twyman at Hamburger Kino which was held from 25 May - 2 June, 2018. Watch the 3 minute dance, Angels of Hamburg

Making films at Kino Budapest
From 19 – 28 April, 2018 I participated at Kino Budapest. There I directed the production of the film ‘Cat Hunting’.  The story deals about an Animal lobbyist/ activist who turns into an animal criminal, when a cat slips unexpectedly into his house,  just before he goes to the airport.  

Kino Kabaret in Geneva, Switzerland

From 13 – 26 January, 2018 I participated in the Kino Kabaret in Geneva, Switzerland. The Kino Kabaret is a movement where filmmakers, actors/ comedians, camera and sound operators, musicians, décor makers  and make over specialists come together to jointly make short films. I had the opportunity to work on 2 four minute films and 2 short one minute films.  On the final day I produced with Robin Derek and Olivier Guibert a short film for the campaign ‘Dit non a no billag’.  This campaign discusses if the Swiss population should vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ in the upcoming referendum in early March for continuing or stopping the fee Swiss people monthly pay for the public television and the cultural sector.  Part of this fee is paid to support the Swiss cultural sector and upcoming artists to make films, theatre production and have local documentaries made.  The ‘Yes’ voters are most coming from the extreme right wing parties, Bankers and populists.  The ‘No’ voters are most represented by the cultural sector.  This short one minute movie is a parodie on how some powerful forces might influence the referendum.  Watch;  

Producing and sharing a video story in one day as part of the teambuilding process!

On the 13th June,  2017 the team of EEAS came together to address 3 key issues in the team by producing and sharing video stories for discussion. The day was facilitated by Jeffer London and Simon Koolwijk, who guided the team to produce 3 short films of 2 minutes each. Participants got acquainted with the basic principles of filmmaking, developed their scripts, filmed, prepared announcement posters and edited it to a final product.  The process created fun and helped to discover hidden talents and to know each other on a different way. Download the flyer of this one-day workshop 'Filming our team story'

Winners Participatory video Awards Ethiopian Social Accountability Program
In March, 2017 the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program organized the finals of the participatory video (PV)  award competition for organisations who applied PV for social accountability purposes in 2016. The participatory video interventions were applied to evaluate the progress and the sustainability of the social accountability process. This process enabled stakeholders to share their successes and build their confidence in the implementation of this process. The competition was won by LIA in the Intermediate category and YMCD in the A category.  The most creative video was produced by pv intervention of the the Guraghe Development Association.  All organisations were trained and guided between 2013 and 2015 by Facili2transform to obtain the skills in participatory video.  It was already the third time, the ESAP2 organised this competition since the trainings started in 2013. This time Facili2transform was participating as member of the jury in giving feedback for learning purposes to the participating organisations.   Watch both videos of LIA and the Guraghe Development Association.

Video report as a means for follow-up in organisational development

On the 16th March, 2017 Jeffer London and Mara Garafalo conducted an ‘Organisational Development’ Teambuilding day ‘Becoming’ for the Directorate of Sante B at the European Union in Brussels. Impressions and results from this meeting were recorded by video and compiled to a video of 8 minutes by Simon Koolwijk. This video report will be used as a means for communication for follow-up meetings in the organizational development process of the organisation. Video reports show to be more powerful in the change process, since written reports less and less read in change processes.  See the group photo of the Department of Sante B.

Build Bridges not Walls
On World Speech Day, 15th March, 2017  facilitators came together in Brussels to share stories about the theme ‘Build Bridges not Walls’. The event was hosted, organized and facilitated by Jeffer London having participants from the Toast Masters and the International Association of Facilitators to join the world wide initiative of World Speech Day by giving people the opportunity to have their voice heard. Simon Koolwijk was asked to record this event by video and to develop a joint story with the participants. Within 7 hours, including facilitation and editing, the video was completed. Watch the video;

Assessment on Waste Management in Guinee, Africa
Ccola, an organisation promoting collective learning and action, conducted in November, 2016 an assessment on the current practices on waste management in Guinee, Africa. Joseph Seh, one of the members of the assessment team conducted video interviews with the key stakeholders on waste management in the capital Conakry.  Simon Koolwijk did the editing. The goal of the assessment was to identify the current practices and challenges on waste management and particular in the health sector. AGDS, an organisation that is managing a hospital is one of the key partners in the project, that is aiming to improve their waste management system at the hospital.  Watch the 20-minute video showing the current practices on waste management.  The video was used as part of a training for mobilizing key stakeholders to develop infrastructure and improved practices on waste management in Conakry, Guinee

Political debate at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht – video as support for the dialogue
On the 8th March, 2017 students from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht organized a city debate to discuss with politicians from 4 important political parties on how the government should deal with social security issues and the loan system for students. The debate was part of the election campaign for the forthcoming National elections, which take place on the 15th March, 2017 in the Netherlands. 

This project was supported and guided by Marco van Stralen, lecturer and teacher at the University.  Simon Koolwijk guided the students in developing video interviews, that were used for dialogue during the debate.  The students shared personal verbal stories and video interviews from experts on social security and student issues. The debate was attended by 150 students and teachers from the college and university of applied sciences.  The personal stories and the videos contributed to a lively debate, that was led and facilitated by Jan Roelfs, who is sports commentator with the National Broadcasting company.



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Kick off facilitation strategic planning process with Sinek's Golden Circle
On the 13th November, 2018 I facilitated the Kick off of a strategic planning process with an international organisation working on environment and bio diversity. In this facilitation I worked with Sinek's Golden Circle to create consensus for its mission statement and unique added value.

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The empowering effect of participatory video!

I am very impressed with the empowering effect of participatory video on the community, government officials and service providers. In addition we started using video contents in our M & E system of our organization and the videos helped us to measure service improvement through implementation of Social Accountability. Tigest Tewabe, Project coordinator, JECCDO