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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Art of Co-Creation: A Storytelling Model for Impact and Engagement

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Session Description

Enlightened artists, change-makers, and community members co-vision an equitable and just future through creative collaboration. With proximity as a starting point, these collaborators challenge “extractive” storytelling norms and co-create narratives with and not about. How do these collaborations emerge? What are the challenges? How different from other approaches do these projects look and feel? Join artists, activists, and those closest to the story to discuss a new vision for storytelling.

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Thursday, April 12 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Fred Dust Speaker
    Partner and Global Managing Director, IDEO LLC
    Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational, and philanthropic organizations. A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, Fred is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation. Fred helps organizations in media, finance, retail, and health confront significant disruption stemming from shifts in consumer behavior, social trends, economic pressures, and new technology. He is driven to catalyze networks to create change, and is particularly invested in developing new structures that can leverage the increased overlap between public, private, and philanthropic sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for, the New School, and NPR as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute. Prior to IDEO, Dust was a project architect at Fernau & Hartman and spent eight years working with independent artists and major art organizations.
  • Community Paralegal, Nigeria, Justice & Empowerment Initiatives
    Bisola grew up in Itu Agan, an informal settlement in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a member of the Nigerian Slum / Informal Settlement and a founding member of the Federation's youth media team. She is trained and works as a community paralegal with Justice & Empwerment Initiatives - Nigeria (JEI), providing grassroots legal aid to the urban poor.
  • Megan Chapman Speaker
    Co-Founder / Co-Director, Justice & Empowerment Initiatives
    Megan' vision for JEI’s blend of legal empowerment and community mobilization was born in rural Cameroon and refined in South Africa’s townships, before it took root in Nigeria where she has worked since 2011. With a wide variety of international and domestic human rights and development organizations, Megan has helped to build community-based paralegal programs and supported strategic human rights litigation in Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Nigeria, she is seeking sustainable ways to bring skills and resources directly to urban poor communities. Megan holds a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law (summa cum laude), where she was a Public Interest/Public Service scholar and the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Brief. She holds a B.A. in history from University of Chicago (high distinction).
  • Tabitha Jackson Moderator
    Director, Documentary Film Program, Sundance Institute
    Tabitha Jackson was appointed Director of the Documentary Film Program (DFP) at Sundance Institute in late 2013. The DFP is dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries that tell compelling stories, push the boundaries of the form, or address contemporary issues including social justice and human rights. In supporting such work, the DFP encourages the diverse exchange of ideas by artists as a critical pathway to developing an open society. Recently supported films have included Cameraperson, Hooligan Sparrow, Whose Streets?, The Look of Silence, I Am Not Your Negro, and CITIZENFOUR. With almost 25 years experience in the field, Jackson is an award-winning Commissioning Editor, director, and producer of non-fiction work. Prior to joining Sundance she most recently served as Head of Arts and Performance at Channel 4 Television in London, where she supported and championed the independent and alternative voice and sought to find fresh and innovative ways of storytelling. She also executive produced a number of projects for Film 4 including Mark Cousins’ cinematic odyssey The Story of Film, Clio Barnard’s hybrid The Arbor, Sophie Fiennes’ essay The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, Bart Layton’s thriller The Imposter, and Iain and Jane’s recent Sundance-winning Nick Cave biography 20,000 Days on Earth.
  • Tashka Yawanawa Speaker
    Chief of the Yawanawa, Associacao Sóciocultural Yawanawa
    Tashka Yawanawá is chief of the Yawanawá people in Acre, Brazil. As chief, he leads 900 people stewarding 400,000 acres of Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The son of the former leader of the Yawanawá, Tashka grew up witnessing the virtual enslavement of his people by the rubber industry and experiencing the near annihilation of the tribe’s culture by missionaries. Since the 1980s, Tashka has actively fought for the rights of indigenous peoples. Realizing that he needed further education to improve the situation of the Yawanawá, he pursued higher education in the U.S. and abroad. He was directly involved in the creation of the Indigenous Lawyers Association and co-founded the Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth Alliance, through which he shares the experiences and knowledge of the Yawanawá with youth around the world, and works with projects that guarantee the preservation of different indigenous cultures.. In 2001, Tashka returned to Brazil, and chose to use the knowledge gained from his experiences abroad to help his people transform their future. He became the youngest Chief in the history of the Yawanawá at age twenty-five. In a short amount of time, Tashka and Laura have managed to double the extent of Yawanawá territory, reinvigorate Yawanawá culture, and establish economically and socially empowering relationships with the outside world. Tashka and Laura have two daughters—Kenemani and Luna Rosa—and divide their time living and working in the Yawanawá community and Rio Branco, Brazil.
  • Kat Cizek Speaker
    Filmmaker/Artist, Individual
    Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy winner and a pioneer in digital media. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. She is the Artistic Director and Executive Producer of the emergent Co-Creation Studio at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Documentary Lab, while based in Toronto, Canada. For over a decade at the National Film Board of Canada, she helped redefine the organization as one of the world’s leading digital content hubs. She was the director and creative force behind the NFB’s award-winning 7-year digital documentary project HIGHRISE, and she realized the acclaimed NFB Filmmaker-in-Residence program. Cizek has built collaborations with a diverse range of community, academic and media partners to co-create media, including The New York Times, Wired Magazine, City of Toronto, United Way and most recently, Canada’s top YouTube stars. She has been recognized with 2 Emmys, a Peabody Award, World Press Photo Prize, 3 Canadian Screen Awards, 2 Webbys, amongst others. Her work has been seen by millions around the globe, through TV broadcasts and publishing on the web. She has travelled the world with her projects, teaching and advising on her innovative approaches to digital media and co-creation models.