From February 18-22, 2013 Washington DC hosted its second Social Media Week, a week-long festival featuring independently curated speakers, panels, workshops, events, and parties all across the district celebrating tech and social media in the Nation’s Capital. IMS was proud to host an event on Social Media for Emergency Management: a post-Hurricane Sandy case study on a social media pilot project in the Borough of Manasquan, NJ to utilize social media at the local government level.
In March, the “MoJo Kit” was trademarked and used during the first Voices4Change mentor training in Amman, Jordan. Since then, two more training workshops (April and September) were held in conjunction with Transterra Media and the Voices4Change project, which is providing 600 young men and women from across the Arab world with new media production skills and distribution opportunities.
You are probably wondering what IMS was doing in Central Asia? In June, IMS teamed up with ACDI/VOCA on the amazing Women’s Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises project to bring to light the success stories of Kyrgyz women entrepreneurs. “These short films will show not only how these women survive, but thrive – demonstrating clear examples of women actively engaged in the global economy and inspiring future generations of women across Central Asia to realize their full potential as entrepreneurs,” said Gulmira Asanbaeva, the Program Manager for the WLSME project based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Be sure to look for their promo video on this blog very shortly!
In August, IMS traveled to Beirut, Lebanon for three-months with Transterra Media as part of the Voices4Change program. IMS was also able to help increase Transterra Media’s reach on social media by over 450% as well as assist them in developing a triple vetting process to rank journalists for their exciting new On-Demand service which links independent journalists to major media networks around the globe.
September saw IMS and the MoJo Kit back in Amman for the third Voices4Change mentor training. Nine mentors from Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan were in attendance. The main goals of the workshop were to discuss program methodologies, familiarize them with the MoJo Kit, educate them on the effective use of the V4C youth training guide, and engage them on how to best bring youth voices forward within mainstream media.
IMS traveled to Dubai in early October with Transterra Media’s CEO, Jonathan Geisen, to train Al-Arabiya’s staff on the two Pro MoJo Kit’s they purchased. The kits are now deployed in Syria and are being used to help bring coverage to under-reported regions of the country.
In November, IMS was rocking the MoJo Kit in Istanbul with the Arzuw Foundation’s alumni event for Turkmen scholars. Participants were taught how to turn their smart-phones into HD cameras along with basic filming and interviewing techniques. Finally the year ended in a triumph with the MoJo Kit® officially becoming a registered trademark: US Serial Number 85890090!
So what can you look forward to from IMS in 2014?
In the Spring get ready to see all the new videos by our Mojos working in the Middle East. The participants of the V4C program are currently out there on the ground, using the Mojo Kit to produce their stories while on their way to becoming the next crop of Arab journalists.
Social Media for Emergency Management (SMEM) will continue to grow as a core-training component for IMS in 2014. IMS has teamed up again with Dewberry under the Risk Assessment, Mapping and Planning Partners (RAMPP) Program, which is currently under solicitation. For this effort, IMS has plans to develop a MoJo Disaster Kit for natural and man-made disasters.