David Harris, Lecturer

Closed (1) (Remote) Global Lives Project: Empathy-building Social Media Management, Data Analysis, Translation Management, Video Editing, Web Development, and Fundraising

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

REMOTE OPPORTUNITIES FOR RESEARCH APPRENTICES - Please do not apply unless you can commit 9~12 hrs/wk (3 units) including mandatory online weekly meetings on Wednesdays 2PM~4PM PST.


Founded in 2002, the Global Lives Project is a registered non-profit organization that collects and exhibits footage of the daily life of everyday people from around the world. Our most recent exhibit, 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, and the United States.

Global Lives exhibits have shown in dozens of venues around the world, as far afield as United Nations University (Tokyo), the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, the Harvard Science Center, as close to home at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, the Hearst Museum of Anthropology and the CITRIS Tech Museum (Sutardja Dai Hall), and most recently, the Global Museum at San Francisco State University.

During the 2021-22 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.

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

Want to gain work experience with social media management, video editing, web development, data analysis, fundraising, or translation management? Interested in how human connection is fostered? Want to learn how to work independently and collaboratively in a non-profit setting? 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.



REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL URAP STUDENTS:

Please make sure you can commit 9~12 hrs/wk and are available for the mandatory weekly meetings (2~4PM Wednesday), as well as other meetings that may be scheduled separately for each team.

This URAP is a student-led initiative of managing a registered non-profit organization; therefore, all prospective team members are expected to be able to work independently as well as be quick and effective in their communication with faculty and project managers. Students must be able to take responsibility for their work and complete tasks without always having explicit guidance. Students must be comfortable with taking initiative and asking questions promptly to adapt to roadblocks. The more effort that students put in on their own behalf, the more rewarding and skills-building their experience will be.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH TEAM/ROLE:

1. Social Media
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 will also work on creating blog content such as revising and writing crew essays for video shoot producers that will be featured on our website.

Desired Experience/Requirements:
-Confident writer across genres, who finishes work ahead of schedule
-Enthusiastic about the project and the goal it is trying to pursue
-Creative, well-organized, and adept at writing to a social media audience
-Able to create written and visual content according to brand guidelines
-Detail-oriented and able to offer feedback on social media content
-Good at time management and able to track deadlines
-Accessible team member who can communicate online with team members quickly and effectively
-Familiar with social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter


2. Video
You will edit short clips of video from the Global Lives video library to be posted on our social media and website. You may also work on a special project that requires more creativity and initiative, such as directing a fundraising campaign video. Some experience with Adobe Premiere Pro is required and experience with subtitling and SRT files is preferred.

Desired Experience/Requirements:
-Enthusiastic about the project and the goal it is trying to pursue
-Patient and able to take on sometimes-monotonous work
-Able to create video content according to brand guidelines
-Eager to learn more about the video production process and its software
-Accessible team member who can communicate online with team members quickly and effectively
-Comfortable working with Adobe Premiere Pro, or willingness to take an 8-hour online course (LinkedIn Learning) within the first two weeks of school to become certified


3. Data & Ads
You will leverage Google Analytics data to understand how people use the Global Lives website. In addition, you will be in charge of managing Facebook Ads and Google Adwords to promote content created by the video and social media teams. During our mandatory Wednesday meetings, you will present monthly ads budgets, weekly analytics reports, and recommendations for the social media team

Desired Experience/Requirements
- Experience with or willingness to learn using tools such as Google Analytics, Facebook Ads, and Google Adwords
- Experience with reporting and analyzing data to form hypotheses and provide recommendations
- Organized, takes caution when dealing with important data
- Good at time management and able to keep track of deadlines
- Accessible team member who can communicate online with team members quickly and effectively
- Enthusiastic about the project and the goals that it is trying to pursue


4. Web Development
You will build a new interactive map and tools for playing multiple videos at the same time on the globallives.org website. You will work to make the existing site far more immersive and engaging, testing new features and working with the video team to captivate audiences and draw them into the site. You will test hypotheses about engagement using tools like Google Analytics and Optimizely. You will also review and maintain existing metadata files that allow for our video collection to be indexed across domains.

Desired Experience/Requirements:
- Managing a WordPress website
- PHP/Javascript (desired, not required)
- Managing large collections of photos and videos
- Managing complex spreadsheets and/or database tables
- Accessible team member who can communicate online with team members quickly and effectively
- Adept at writing
- Enthusiastic about the project and the goals that it is trying to pursue


5. Translation Management
You will translate captions on our videos filmed in various languages to make them more accessible to a wider audience, as well as managing the translation work done previously by thousands of language volunteers. You will become familiar with Dotsub, an online translating tool, as well as style conventions and processes used in the translation industry. In addition, you will have the responsibility of onboarding and managing any new volunteers. This semester, you may also have the opportunity to work directly with translation and localization professionals and programs such as those at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Desired Experience/Requirements:
- Multilingual (this is a hard requirement- if you only know English, please do not apply to this team): native fluency
- Organized, attention to detail
- Able to follow style guidelines to ensure translation quality and translation coordination guidelines to work effectively with volunteers
- Good at keeping yourself and others accountable
- Enthusiastic about the project and the goals that it is trying to pursue
- Experience with excel/google sheets: managing and navigating complex spreadsheets to track and report translation progress
-Accessible team member who can communicate online with team members and potential volunteers quickly and effectively


6. Fundraising
You will be in charge of coordinating the 2021 fundraising campaign for Global Lives, using Salesforce and Vertical Response to develop fundraising strategies and manage donor information. You will also work with the other teams to create and publish content related to the fundraising campaign on our website and social media platforms. In addition, you will send regular newsletters throughout the semester to keep past and prospective donors updated on our work.

Desired Experience/Requirements:
-Required: Excellent research and writing skills
-Excited to work with and willing to take online classes on Salesforce and Vertical Response during the first few weeks to become certified
-Experience with reporting and analyzing data to form hypotheses and provide recommendations
-Responsible, careful when working with sensitive information
-Enthusiastic about the project and the goals that it is trying to pursue.
-Accessible team member who can communicate online with team members quickly and effectively





Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Kristy Drutman

Weekly Hours: 9-11 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: remote

Related website: https://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 fall 2021 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.

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

Off-Campus Research Site: remote

Related website: https://globallives.org/