This Fall, IMS had the amazing opportunity to work with the Seed Alliance. The Seed Alliance is a collaboration between different grants and awards programs, who together support Internet development across the global south. To date, the Seed Alliance has supported 116 projects from 57 economies. It has allocated around $2.2 million of funding in Grants and Awards throughout Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, helping to strengthen and promote the Information Society within these regions. IMS was contracted by ISIF Asia and APNIC, members of the Seed Alliance, to produce five on-demand webinars (see below) that covered the topics of: grant writing, communication and networking, fundraising, project monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Each webinar was scripted, storyboarded and produced up to 30 minutes long and distributed on 300 USB flash drives at their annual conference in Brazil . IMS could not have been more excited to work with such an amazing group that helps fund innovation around the world. Due to the success of the project, IMS was asked to produce a Spanish version for LACNIC, who are also a member of the Seed Alliance that actively work on promoting and defending the regional community's interests and helping create conditions that will allow the Internet to become an effective instrument for social inclusion and economic development in benefit of all Latin American and Caribbean countries and citizens.
This year the IMS family grew with the help of two award-winning digital media producers and media consultants Lily Ciric Hoffmann and Rosario Carmona. Lily produced and directed the five webinars mentioned above for the Seed Alliance as well as oversaw the production of the Spanish versions for LACNIC which Rosario translated, edited, and directed. IMS is proud to be working with such talented women and looks forward to collaborating with them again in 2016.
Lily also conducted a half-day training for Tajik journalists on the latest trends and tools in digital media for the International Visitor Leadership Program being implemented by FHI 360. The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), launched in 1940, promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the United States for current and emerging foreign leaders. The participants, selected by U.S. Embassies in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, represent government, politics, the media, education, nongovernmental organizations, the arts, public health, international security, business and trade, and other fields. More than 5,000 professionals from all over the world participate in the IVLP each year, with FHI 360 designing and implementing programs for 500 of these visitors. During their two- to three-week stays in the United States, participants meet with their American counterparts to share experiences and best practices, while also learning about the rich diversity of U.S. culture and society.
We were able to reach new schools, new countries, and new storytellers in 2015. As the new year begins, IMS is looking towards the future. Thank you for your continued support. Together we are hopeful that 2016 will take us to new heights!