Informal recycler Participatory Video Workshop in São Paulo

 The goal of this project is to build the capacity of 20 recyclers participating in the PSWM project in the metropolitan region of São Paulo in multi-media technology. During a one-week workshop, in April 2008, the recyclers were 

trained in video technology, story board development, and post-production media as a strategy to improve community networking opportunities, stimulate awareness and education of recycling programs. The process itself was aimed to contribute to their personal empowerment and growth. During three days, four groups of recyclers from different cities and cooperatives worked together in videotaping their own story.

 In addition the project provided opportunities to capture the process of action-oriented research with timely ‘snap shots’ of the current situation of the recycling coops. This will support research on social change and community development in waste management.  The proposed outcome was to increase the capacity and knowledge of the recyclers to improve their own living and working conditions and to contribute to their empowerment and citizenship.

The continuation of this participatory video project is scheduled for the fall 2008 in Vancouver and Victoria.  The aim of the workshop is to build the capacity of binners from Vancouver and Victoria in video technology with the aim of producing a collective video to be used for community outreach.  The workshop will consist of similar methods including community mapping, story-board development and group exercises.  Local government and NGO representatives will also be invited to participate in the workshop. 

Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)