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Whether it's at home, in the classroom or in the workplace, learning is a never-ending road of discovery, challenge, inspiration, and wonder.

Picture People has trained more than a thousand people in a dozen countries in storytelling,  video advocacy, digital media and technologies to mobilise people and create impact.


Our practice evolves in tandem with technology to provide creative and engaging approaches to learning and skills building.

"I was able to learn not only the techniques of making short videos using mobile phones but also how to address social issues that resonate with my communities."

Seng Doi, 

Myanmar alumna

Seng Doi_ Myanmar 2018

Visual Stories for Human Rights Advocacy


For the first time ever, we facilitated an in-person workshop in Dushanbe Tajikistan to upskill civil society and representatives from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) based in Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.  


The workshop focused on the development of participants’ knowledge and their capacity in the use of visual storytelling, mobile photo and filmmaking to advocate for human rights of key communities, in particular people in prisons affected by HIV and TB, and substance users.


88% of the participants felt that the newly acquired knowledge and skills will be helpful in their work.

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Digital Media and Technology for Peace and Reconiliation


Recently a three-day in-person workshop on Digital Media and Technology for Peace and Reconciliation was held for Masters students at the Scuola Superiore Sant-Anna in Pisa, Italy.  


In an evolving, fast pace and unregulated digital era, safeguarding human rights and democratic space has become more crucial than ever.  Students workings in the field of human rights, learnt new skills and practices in using digital media and technology to inform, document, investigate, and report stories ethically, safely and effectively from difficult environments. 

100% of respondents considered the workshop to have added value to their Masters in Human Rights and Conflict Management programme.  

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Presentation Skills for Academic Researchers

Myanmar - online

A series of online interactive training sessions were offered to 50+ independent academic researchers in Myanmar to strengthen their presentation skills so they can effectively communicate their human rights research findings to online and offline audiences.  


Participants advanced their understanding about storytelling, visual presentation, public speaking and delivery. 


According to the post-workshop survey conducted, participants found the workshop extremely useful and very effective in improving their presentation and delivery skills.  


All teaching activities and communications were held in English with simultaneous translation in Burmese. 

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Visual Storytelling


Since 2013 we have run visual storytelling workshops for social impact in Myanmar. 

Through a combination of lectures, film screenings, and hands on technical experience filming and editing, NGO officials, grassroots activists and emerging filmmakers created powerful short videos to raise awareness, influence public perceptions, advocate for change and encourage progress towards a more open and inclusive society.


Film and Media Lab


While participating in lectures, film screenings and working groups, Filipino workshop participants worked in pairs to produce short advocacy videos on struggles faced by people in their communities.


During the course of the workshop each of the seven groups developed their stories before pitching their ideas to a panel of experts. The videos focused on topics ranging from the war on drugs to work rights and the plight of small businesses. 


Documentary Storytelling


We empowered community youth leaders and young people from the Horn of Africa to turn their stories into powerful documentaries that can raise awareness, change public perceptions and ultimately promote social change.

Participants from Ethiopia,  Sudan and South Sudan worked in team to developed short advocacy films on issues critical to their communities which were screened at the Nile Festival in Addis Ababa,  Ethiopia.

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