Presentation on theme: "Making Movies, Building Community: Community Produced Video As A Tool for Community Development Amy Lake Grace Njeru, PhD Steve Jeanetta, PhD University."— Presentation transcript:
Making Movies, Building Community: Community Produced Video As A Tool for Community Development Amy Lake Grace Njeru, PhD Steve Jeanetta, PhD University of Missouri Extension International Community Development Society Conference Appleton, Wisconsin June 20, 2007
“Montgomery Is My Home” Community Produced Video Project Introduction Preview Community Produced Video as a Community Development Tool Significance of “Montgomery Is My Home” Project for Montgomery County, Missouri Agenda
Maps from And University of Missouri Extension – Montgomery County Montgomery County, Missouri
About “Montgomery Is My Home” Location Montgomery County, Missouri Population: 12,000 (between Columbia MO and St. Louis MO) Focus Rural health and health insurance Tools Community-produced documentary film Community Advisory Panel ( 10 local residents and stakeholders (citizens, health professionals, business) Purpose Elevate awareness and understanding of health insurance issues within Montgomery. Educate non-rural populations, local and state leaders and policy makers
Graphic art and poem from: The Blind Men and the Elephant
Graphic art and poem From pineapple/blind_men_elephant.html The Blind Men and the Elephant John Godfrey Saxe's ( ) version of the famous Indian legend (below) was published in 1878 in Linton's "Poetry of America"Linton's "Poetry of America" It was six men of Indostan, To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approach'd the Elephant, And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, At once began to bawl: "God bless me! but the Elephant Is very like a wall!" The Second, feeling of the tusk, Cried, -"Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? To me 'tis mighty clear, This wonder of an Elephant Is very like a spear!" The Third approach'd the animal, And happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, Thus boldly up and spake: "I see," -quoth he- "the Elephant Is very like a snake!" The Fourth reached out an eager hand, And felt about the knee: "What most this wondrous beast is like Is mighty plain," -quoth he,- "'Tis clear enough the Elephant Is very like a tree!" The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said- "E'en the blindest man Can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can, This marvel of an Elephant Is very like a fan!" The Sixth no sooner had begun About the beast to grope, Then, seizing on the swinging tail That fell within his scope, "I see," -quoth he,- "the Elephant Is very like a rope!" And so these men of Indostan Disputed loud and long, Each in his own opinion Exceeding stiff and strong, Though each was partly in the right, And all were in the wrong! MORAL, So, oft in theologic wars The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean; And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen!
Premise Health insurance is a community issue Health insurance research and policy debate favors: The present and recent trends Individuals, businesses, state and national Actionable recommendations Health insurance research and policy tends to overlook: History Locality Regional economy Community
Method and message Community produced video: Is a method of gathering the pieces of the community’s story; Provides a mechanism for telling and preserving important community stories; Is as compelling as standard research methods; Allows systematic collection of, analysis of, and reflection about information.
Accomplishments (9/05-6/07) Interviewed 19 people (Jan 2006-Mar 2007) Produced 3 short films Previewed 2 short films locally with Advisory Panel and Young Farmers Association Presented 1 short film at county health fair
Final products minute documentary style community produced video 20 minute version of documentary video minute instructional video on how to use community produced video as a community development tool
Community Video as a CD Tool Engagement during the filming Including a variety of voices not normally included It can be a safe structured conversation Can choose to include your voice in the process Deliberation occurs at every stage of the filming Advisory Group Community Organizations Community Events
Community Video as a CD Tool Affecting Policy Serves as a resource for engaging the community in deliberation and planning around health care. Illustrates the complexity of the health care issues in rural areas. Can be used to engage multiple audiences in a wide variety of contexts.
R ural Video Project: Engaging Citizens in a Rural Community Grace Njeru, Ph.D CD Specialist / CPD Montgomery County
Small Community … Bringing diverse people together New faces New voices
Empowerment… Participation Video project Local advisory committee Common / Better understanding of issues
Enhance… Participation in community issues Other areas (volunteerism) Capacity to address other community issues
New possibilities / opportunities Bridging differences (understanding / dialogue)
CONTACT INFORMATION: Amy Lake Extension Associate Community Policy Analysis Center University of Missouri-Columbia 230 Middlebush Columbia MO (phone) / (Fax) Grace Njeru, PhD Community Development Specialist and County Program Director Montgomery County University of Missouri Extension Center 310 Salisbury, Suite E Montgomery City, MO / (phone) / (Fax) Stephen C. Jeanetta, PhD Extension Assistant Professor State Specialist—Community Development Process MU CAFNR Community Development University of Missouri-Columbia 232 Gentry Hall Columbia, MO (phone) / (Fax)