About Our PhotoVoice Project

Background

Learning Life’s Citizen Diplomacy Initiative (CDI) engages lower-income American families, starting in Washington D.C., in live internet dialogues and project collaborations with lower-income families in other nations to nurture more caring and capable global citizens.   Our international photovoice project is the first of a series of projects our families work on together over months and years in what we hope is a long-term relationship.  The electronic photo album that results from this project will form part of a growing personal and collective portfolio of products – photo albums, art works, videos, research reports, articles, etc. — documenting our families’ local community engagement, international collaborations, and developing skills, knowledge, connections and experiences.

Project Description

James practices photographyThis first project’s outcome will be an album of selected photos from participating families in the USA, Senegal and Jordan.  To create the album, the families first go into their community to take some initial photos in answer to the project question “what is the nature of your community?”  Learning Life then provides the families with some training in photography, and the families take a second round of community photos.  The two rounds of photos before and after training allow us to to assess if we see any improvements in the quality of each family’s photos resulting from the training.

The photos are posted to Learning Life’s CDI Facebook group for all our families and volunteers to see and comment on wherever they are in the world.  Once all the families have taken their community photos, each family votes on the photos they like best.  Their votes help determine which photos end up in the final electronic album.  That album compares the families’ best photos, organized by topic, taken from their different standpoints in the world.  We anticipate that this initial photovoice project will identify community issues that family participants want to explore and address in subsequent CDI project collaborations.

As CDI expands, and more families in more communities across the world complete their own photovoice projects, we will gather the growing number of photos in answer to the same community question above (and other questions down the line) at Learning Life’s website in a kind of electronic photo mural giving viewers a global photovoice perspective from participants across the Earth.

Project Goals
  1. Develop CDI families’ skill with photography
  2. Deepen their understanding of community, local and foreign
  3. Help democratize diplomacy by engaging lower-income families in international collaboration
  4. Identify community issues of shared interest for CDI families to explore in follow-up projects
Learn more

Interested in learning more, or getting involved in CDI as a family or volunteer?  Contact us at email@learninglife.info.