Participatory-video definitions and applications

Participatory Video Definitions

Participatory Video is
a participatory education and communication tool where the social process behind the technology and the video making is more important than the final product, and that, drives the change.
Some Participatory Video Definitions

'Participatory Video is an exciting and innovative way of allowing people to express their achievements and aspirations through the medium of film. PV empowers communities, demystifying the tool of video-making and turning it over to them. It is the community members themselves who do the filming - they choose what to film, and what to say.'
Chris Lunch (2005)

'Participatory Video: The video training has tremendous value as it comes at a time when women are required to communicate more widely, their experiences and expertise in permaculture, empowerment and leadership training. Handling the camera also gives visibility in the community and empowers the women to document the stories of the community.'
P V Sateesh, Deccan Development Society, India

'We define Participatory Video as a scriptless video production process, directed by a group of grassroots people, moving forward in interactive cycles of shooting reviewing and aiming at creating video narratives that communicate what those who participate in the process really want to communicate, in a way that they think is appropriate.'
Maneno Mengi (1999/2000)

Participatory Video and some of its practical applications
  1. A bottom up method to disseminate information at groups and communities
  2. Documentation and exchange of best social and environmental practices between groups and communities
  3. Community-based social and environmental qualitative assessment
  4. Dissemination of community-based climate change adaptation practices
  5. Communicating risks to communities and by communities, community disaster risk reduction and preparedness
  6. Social and environmental youth engagement education
  7. Community consultation processes
  8. Youth leadership development
  9. Community action planning
  10. Monitoring and evaluation
  11. Dialogue between different actors and stakeholders