Open-source video technology is empowering isolated communities to spark-up life-changing dialogue with the outside world.
Indaba is an initiative from Monash University’s Action Lab, which explores how digital technologies can empower citizens throughout the globe – specialising in interaction design and everyday computing.
The joint Indaba initiative – launched by Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – provides open-source, creative commons software to empower disenfranchised communities.
The creators say Indaba will amplify local voices by helping rural communities film and publish rich, meaningful stories – without advanced technical skills.
The technology has been developed over 13 real-world deployments internationally, with an aim to raise awareness of water and sanitation initiatives, expose nutrition and agricultural issues and advocate for vulnerable children.
Project Lead, Monash’s, Dr Tom Bartindale, says Indaba blends next-generation features in a digitally augmented process to break down technological barriers.
“Video production has traditionally been an endeavour limited to those with high media literacy,” Dr Bartindale says.
“Through Indaba, a group, community or organisation can create authentic videos, from ideation to production, and tell their story without third-party intervention.”
The IFRC says the video process has also been crucial in gathering community feedback for future development field work.
“It’s helping us create more efficient, and inclusive approaches to project monitoring and evaluation,” The IFRC’s Miki Tsukamoto says.
Indaba and its suite of materials are available online.