David Harris, Lecturer

Closed (1) Global Lives Project: Empathy-building Social Media, Video Editing, Web Development, Translation, Grantwriting

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Berkeley News article on Global Lives: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/11/29/global-film-project-elevates-the-ordinary/

The Global Lives Project opened its west coast premiere of Lives in Transit on the Berkeley campus in 2017 at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the CITRIS Tech Museum (Sutardja Dai Hall). The exhibit premiered with a month-long exhibit at Lincoln Center for the New York Film Festival in October 2016. Lives in Transit is a ten-screen video installation featuring footage of the daily lives of ten transit workers from Nepal, Vietnam, Turkey, South Korea, India, China, Colombia, Canada and Spain.

During the 2018-19 school year, these physical exhibits will be made accessible to the world with an online release of hundreds of video clips and still images on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and the GlobalLives.org website.

Our curriculum, “Unheard Stories: Building Empathy through the Global Lives Project,” originally designed for grades 6-12, will be adapted for university-level use and offered to Berkeley faculty.

From the New York Film Festival’s 2016 Program:

The San Francisco–based Global Lives Project produces long-form documentaries that capture the rich diversity of human experience and engender cross-cultural dialogue and understanding. Each 24-hour film provides a window onto a single day in the life of its subject. This latest iteration of the project, Lives in Transit, focuses on ten individuals who in their own ways are responsible for moving people and products throughout the world. Presented as a large-scale video installation, Lives in Transit is more than an exploration of ten unique people—it is a dynamic ground-level examination of our hyper-connected world.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH APPRENTICES

Want to gain work experience with social media, video editing, web development or translation? Interested in how human connection is fostered? You might be a good fit for the Global Lives Project.

The Global Lives Project is a video library of life experience, designed to cultivate empathy across cultures. We curate an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the lives of individuals from around the world. We explore the diversity of human experience through the medium of video, and encourage discussion, reflection, and inquiry about the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions on this planet. Our goal is to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding.

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

You will draft, post, analyze and revise social media posts based on videos and photos from the Global Lives Project, and work to build our social media channels as extensions of our physical exhibits. You'll also work with Google AdWords and Facebook Ads.

VIDEO EDITOR

You will edit short clips of video from the Global Lives video library for social media and for our website, GlobalLives.org. Some experience with Adobe Premiere preferred.

WEB DEVELOPER

Web developers will work on expanding GlobalLives.org to include ten more new videos in our collection and make the site more effective in engaging audiences. Web developers will leverage Google Analytics data to understand how people use the site.

GRANTWRITER

As part of GLP’s grants team, you will be part of an exciting project that is vital to getting GLP the funding that it needs to keep holding exhibits and grow as a non-profit organization. GLP Grants focuses on supporting GLP by identifying, evaluating, and most importantly, applying to different grant opportunities. In GLP Grants, you will learn the highly transferable skill of applying for grants with a wonderful team of individuals all equally passionate about GLP as you are.

The kind of person that GLP’s Grants team is looking for is:
- enthusiastic about the project and the goals that it is trying to pursue
- adept at writing
- able to think critically about an organization and how it’s goals/identity can be adapted for a grant proposal
- able to be a team player and take on monotonous work when needed
- Good at time management and able to keep track of deadlines

Some experience with fundraising and/or grant writing would be highly valued.

TRANSLATION MANAGER

As part of GLP’s translation team, you will be part of an exciting project that seeks to exhibit the everyday in people’s lives. GLP has built up a backlog of videos that need to be translated, hopefully to many different languages, but at the very least the native language that the video was filmed in and English. In this position, you will also become familiar with Dotsub, a translating website that can be linked to YouTube. As a translator, you will be vital to GLP— your language will dictate how viewers are able to interact with and understand our work.

The kind of person that GLP’s translation team is looking for is:
- enthusiastic about the project and the goals that it is trying to pursue
- multilingual (this is a hard requirement- if you only know English, please do not apply to this team): native fluency
- good at time management and keep on top of deadlines
- able to be a team player and take on monotonous work when needed

Qualifications: See above by team

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Related website: globallives.org
Related website: http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/11/29/global-film-project-elevates-the-ordinary/

Closed (2) Funding Ecosystems for Nonprofit Innovation

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

I am conducting research on the ways in which ecosystems of philanthropic funding affect the possibilities of innovation in the nonprofit sector. I am particularly focused on comparing the ways in which nonprofit and venture capital fundraising differ, and how philanthropic funders may be able to borrow techniques from venture capitalists.

This research builds on work that I contributed to previously at the Institute for the Future on the Future of Philanthropy.

Tasks:
Review literature on fundraising ecosystems
Collect data on nonprofit and venture capital fundraising
Edit and contribute to draft work in progress on this topic
Interview key people in the sector

Qualifications: Required: Strong writer and researcher Desired: Knowledge of either the nonprofit or venture capital funding ecosystem Data analysis/visualization skills Social science interviewing experience

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Related website: http://www.iftf.org/philanthropy/

Closed (3) Global Lives Project Book Manuscript Development

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

A major academic publisher has invited me to submit a book proposal about the Global Lives Project. I am seeking support in expanding on an initial proposal, submitting it to additional publishers, and developing the beginning of a manuscript on this topic.

The Global Lives Project is a video library of life experience, designed to cultivate empathy across cultures. We curate an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the lives of individuals from around the world. We explore the diversity of human experience through the medium of video, and encourage discussion, reflection, and inquiry about the wide variety of cultures, ethnicities, languages, and religions on this planet. Our goal is to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding.

I began work on Global Lives in 2004, and today more than 2,000 people have contributed to the project as filmmakers, photographers, translators, designers and everyday people. The challenge of producing a book about Global Lives is that the project has meant so many different things to so many different people that it defies traditional efforts at narrative description.

The apprentice will work closely with me to review all of the existing writing about Global Lives produced in popular and academic literature over the past 13 years, and develop a bibliography for the proposal. The apprentice will also develop multiple possible outlines and formats for the book itself and possible transmedia elements of the book.

Qualifications: Required: Excellent research and writing skills Desired: Basic layout and photo editing skills (InDesign, Photoshop) Knowledge of art history; contemporary art; new media art

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Related website: globallives.org