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projects curated
by

Lina Srivastava

2015/01/16

Lina Srivastava is a strategist who works in narrative design, social innovation, and digital storytelling for human rights and international development.

Lina has worked with a group of social impact organizations around the world including UNICEF, the World Bank Institute, UNESCO, the Rockefeller Foundation, Internews, and 3Generations. She has been involved in impact campaigns for several documentaries, including Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, Oscar-winning Inocente, and Sundance-award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?. The former Executive Director of Kids with Cameras, and the Association of Video and Filmmakers, Lina currently runs a social innovation strategy collective in New York, and has co-founded the Regarding Humanity community dedicated to ethical and effective humanitarian storytelling. She has taught design and social entrepreneurship at Parsons, The New School of Design, and is on faculty in the Masters of Fine Arts Program in Design and Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. Her website is: www.linasrivastava.com.

Setting a Cultural Stage for Social Impact

With our hyper-connected media landscape and our ever-increasingly connected global society, we are living through a massive social shift in the way we govern, build societies, make livings, communicate, entertain, and build culture. The level of noise in the media is high: We are battered with images of atrocity and violence on one end of our media spectrum, to celebrity and consumer inanity on the other end. We are too often left fatigued, apathetic, or outraged. But in this midst, there are a small number of committed, passionate, innovative artists and advocates who help us make sense of it all. They cut through the noise to help us navigate and create positive change in this evolving world, while still maintaining balance with existing cultures and customs.  They use their art to create avenues for political and social framing, empathy and change, or direct action. And they set a cultural stage for social impact through reflection, participation, humanity, and wonder. Here are a few of the projects that I believe do some or all of these things.

_Assent

Assent allows audiences to engage personally with the events and emotions of the Caravan of Death, through my father's eyes, and mine.

An intimate exploration of the nature of atrocity, collective guilt, and inherited trauma, this project is one of the few VR projects thus far to skillfully use the claustrophobic nature of the technology to its fullest effect.

_Rebuilding Haiti

Re-building Haiti: A mixture of longform journalism, multimedia and gaming elements to help readers understand the problems facing Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

A multimedia decision-making platform allowing the user to gain a deeper understanding of post-disaster reconstruction and recovery in a developing country.

_The Disaster Resilience Journal

42 short online serialized articles, released daily via social media networks, blogs, and word of mouth.

An innovative model for what effective communications methods for the NGO sector managing ground-level humanitarian response might be, this project provides a roadmap for how at-risk communities are addressing local resilience in a landscape of climate change, and social, economic and cultural shifts.

_Sandy Storyline

"Sandy Storyline" is a participatory documentary that collects and shares stories about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on our neighborhoods, our communities and our lives.

An innovative model for what effective communications methods for the NGO sector managing ground-level humanitarian response might be, this project provides a roadmap for how at-risk communities are addressing local resilience in a landscape of climate change, and social, economic and cultural shifts.

_Who Is Dayani Cristal?

The story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.

Our own project—tied to the full-length documentary—that builds a model of integrated digital storytelling to highlight the systemic nature of 21st Century global migration in Central and North America, and drives stakeholders and audiences to relevant action through personal, community-level, and activists’ narratives.

_The Mapping Journey Project

The Mapping Journey Project is a mixed-media installation that combines eight video works and a printed map.

A compelling and direct examination of migration journeys experienced in a physical-world exhibit, eliciting the human face of migration through the simple storytelling method of combining a migrant’s voice, subtitles, their hands, a black marker, and a map.

_After 6/4

‘After 6/4’ offers the user deep engagement with primary sources and with the language that shaped the 1989 series of events in Beijing, China, for generations to come.

A media-rich set of historical documents that tells the user as much about media perceptions and state-controlled narrative as it does about the underlying human rights violations that led to the Tiananmen Square confrontation seen around the world.

_City of Memory

Place-based, it links stories and memories in ways that cut across chronology, enabling visitors to rediscover the city through the memories of others.

This interactive story map presents a love letter to the past and present of an evolving metropolis, serving as an archive and repository for the history of (often disappearing) quotidian New York City.

_Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The data visualization Out of Sight, Out of Mind gives weight to the stark facts and figures of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, urging viewers to reflect on the life and death realities hidden behind the numbers.

As elegant as it is impactful, this animated infographic lays out in stark, shocking reality the toll of U.S. military armed drone policy on civilians.

_Do you see what I see

Follow a group of Syrian refugee children as they learn to capture everyday life in a single frame. Do you see what they see?

A platform that makes the refugee experience accessible by letting refugees tell their own stories share it with others, leading to an enhanced understanding of the challenges and deeper empathy in a search for solutions.

_Dadaab Stories

Participatory documentary "Dadaab Stories" explores everyday life in the world’s largest refugee camp.

A platform that makes the refugee experience accessible by letting refugees tell their own stories share it with others, leading to an enhanced understanding of the challenges and deeper empathy in a search for solutions.

_Syria Deeply

A new model of storytelling around a global crisis

The future of news reporting is laid out in in this story-specific site, that cut through our media environment’s overhyped, sensationalized news cycles topresent a deep dive into it respective topics through context, multiple perspectives, and sustained focus.

_Ebola Deeply

A new model of storytelling around a global crisis.

The future of news reporting is laid out in this story-specific site, that cut through our media environment’s overhyped, sensationalized news cycles to present a deep dive into their respective topics through context, multiple perspectives, and sustained focus.

_Priya’s Shakti

A layered storytelling project and augmented reality comic book, supporting the movement against patriarchy, misogyny and indifference through love, creativity and solidarity.

A mortal woman and the Goddess Parvati fight against gender-based sexual violence in India and around the world in this layered storytelling project and augmented reality comic book, supporting the movement against patriarchy, misogyny and indifference through love, creativity and solidarity.

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projects curated by

Katerina Cizek

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Florian Thalhofer

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