Jessica Mayberry

by Jessica Mayberry

Video Volunteers had a great moment a couple weeks ago – we got our first celebrity ambassador for the organization, a very popular Indian film actor named Abhay Deol, who has acted in some of the best “art” films of the last few years. We organized a screening in one of the bastis (slums) in [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Late last year, Stalin K., my partner in the Knight-funded project Video Volunteers, and I were seated in the video laboratory of VCU.br in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We were joined by nine of VV’s new Brazilian Video Fellows. We were there to conduct a workshop about entrepreneurship in the creative field of video. The purpose [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Almost undoubtedly, Brazil is the country with the largest public investment in community arts and culture. There are dozens of groups teaching video, hip-hop, graffiti, circus arts, carnival-related arts and digital media to youth from the favelas. In Rio alone, we visited five groups doing community arts, and between them we calculated there were roughly [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Video Volunteers recently started a new program in Brazil that is focused on using video as a way for young people from favelas to earn a living. Starting a project in a new country has been an interesting, but also challenging, process. When I started VV in 2003, we did a few projects in countries [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

During our month in Brazil working on our new project VCU.br, my partner Stalin and I met with more than a dozen different community media groups. Every meeting was too short, with us starting off by explaining why we had called them and explaining our work, and then them explaining theirs, and then a brief [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

How can the disadvantaged earn a living from their creativity? Why are nearly all the “base of the pyramid” micro-businesses supported by microcredit agencies based on manual labor, or super-local activities like driving a rickshaw or running a small shop? Since much of the music we love today, or design that we see in stores, [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

I just returned from TED India, where I was one of the 100 TED Fellows invited to attend the event. My head is spinning with all the new ideas and my pockets are heavy with business cards. This was undoubtedly the best networking event I’ve been to. The people on stage were only marginally more [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

“You mean to say that sending the email is free?! I don’t have to pay for it?” Laxmi was amazed that there is no equivalent on the Internet to paying for a postage stamp to send a letter. The first twenty minutes of this workshop on digi-activism being held in Goa, India were over her [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

How do you teach creativity and critical thinking to people from very disadvantaged communities, with little formal education? Doing this is a major goal of Video Volunteers’ work in training community producers. If organizations don’t develop these training tools, the world could find itself in a situation where technology allows the poor to produce content, [...] more »

by Jessica Mayberry

Video Volunteers has partnered with MTV Iggy to produce videos in Kashmir about life in the refugee camps of Jammu. Here’s a link to one of the videos, about a boy who watched his entire family be slaughtered: mtviggy.com | desi MTV igg is a new channel/show of MTV that is focused on Diaspora youth. [...] more »