WITNESS (where I work) uses video to document and expose human rights violations - but at one time or another we've all experienced the power of visual images to make us feel what someone else feels, to see with their eyes, to be inspired by their courage in the face of oppression. So we've been asking our family and friends to record a 60-second video or post a comment answering this simple question: "What image opened your eyes to human rights?" You can talk about a a video or a photo, a news report or a mobile phone clip, when you were young, or quite recently, something uplifting or something depressing. At WITNESS we asked our staff that question, and this is the result:
It generated quite a response online, and you can see some of the responses here:
The incomparable Marissa Feinberg suggested I post this to Design21 to see if you all might be interested in contributing the images that impacted on you...
We would be totally delighted to welcome the Design21 community to be part of this campaign. You can do it in a variety of ways - by video, ideally, by posting a comment, by blogging about your choice, by forwarding this on to 5 friends or colleagues you think might want to share their choice too:
- on the Hub - upload a video, post a comment, join the Hub
- on Facebook - record a video, change your status, join the Cause...
- on YouTube - record a video, post a comment, friend us
- on Seesmic - participate in the video conversation
- on Twitter - send a tweet with your choice, adding #witnesshub
- on your blog - embed this video, and embed/write about your choice - and tag your post udhr60 and witness
- email your answer to me or to email@example.com
- take it offline - ask the question in your classroom, newsroom, workplace, design studio...