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.