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  • Blog 3 Fall 2019

    Week 3 Case Study: Grassroots Diplomacy Step 1: Facts of the case Jack is an American student working on a social venture in Kenya for 5 months International donor organization donated gifts Jack lives and interacts with kids at the youth center Jack works with the staff at the youth center Jack handed out gifts […]

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  • Blog 2 Fall 2019

    Lesotho Case: Lesotho is a small developing country contained within South Africa. You and your team of academic researchers (10 in all) are spending the next two weeks traveling to different communities throughout Lesotho to test water sources for disease-causing pathogens. The testing you need to do is simple but requires significant assistance from the […]

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  • Blog 1 Fall 2019

    GSIF Fieldwork Lessons Learned: 1. Ethics of interview/documentary work: I learned a lot about consent – specifically how it is not black and white. Someone may say “yes” to an interview but we also must be aware of power dynamics and other structures that might make someone say yes but not truly want to say […]

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  • Blog 10

    Design Phase 1. Roy W. Dean Film Grants • Catapult gives early support to projects that they feel have a unique perspective when told with film. They provide development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help […]

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  • Blog 9

    1. Value Proposition The problem being addressed by the Acumen Fund is one of providing growth investments to small companies in low income countries with the goal being to confront issues of poverty and need through meaningful investment. This is valuable because it provides actual, tangible resources and promotes the growth of infrastructure which is […]

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  • Blog 8

    1. Polarize people. Kawasaki says not to be afraid of polarizing people and limiting our audience because then we can narrow down our focus on a particular target audience. Instead of trying to make a general and broad documentary on the issue of maternal mortality, we will want to make it specific and focus on […]

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  • Blog 7

    Ten non-obvious assumptions about our stakeholders that we need to validate. 1. young girls do not know anything about pregnancy and giving birth. because they are kept out of the decision-making processes, they are uninformed and do not know. 2. the value of children contributes largely to how women identify themselves, which is also linked to the lack of education women receive. […]

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  • Blog 6

    After the first presentation, we have a lot to think about. I particularly found the Q&A portion helpful in providing some insight on what we should do next. We need to consider more specifically the production and financial logistics and be able to answer questions about it. For this first presentation, we had only done […]

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  • Blog 5

    My design process differs based on the project I’m working on. I’ve been an artist my whole life and find it interesting to compare my processes when working on a painting vs a graphic design piece, for example. When doing film work, I like to start with the final goal first. What do I want […]