The field of «civic media» is becoming increasingly important for visual storytellers, who design transmedial and cultural formats for civil society. This emerging field uses technologies, design strategies and practices to enable civic engagement and participation.
Whether the focus is on questions of climate change, gender or multiculturalism, economy or prosperity, health care or the design of the neighborhood – administrations and organizations are trying to involve citizens as participants in decisions.
Using transmedia narratives, users exchange information about digital tools and platforms and discuss the questions that are relevant to them. This creates social belonging, for example, and encourages shared responsibility.
Beyond the public sector, the private sector and network organizations as well are interested in including employees in dialogue and decision-making processes.
The transformation to flat and more open organizational structures and dialogue formats not only requires new mentalities, it also needs new narratives and media and a corresponding representation within the social organization.
“FemFol”, a project about gender discrimination in Kosovar-Albanian society. Jessica Prinz, 2017
Jessica Prinz, 2017
Jessica Prinz traveled to Kosovo in the summer of 2013 as a 21-year-old. Confronted with the patriarchal Kosovar-Albanian society, she initiated an empowerment project for local women willing to emancipate, under the name «FemFol» (Alb. “Fem,” woman / feminism, and Alb. “Fol,” talk). In particular, the conversational taboos that Jessica Prinz observed in the areas of everyday life and housework, training and work, love and violence as well as beauty should be broken. The project’s objective was to build a network for communication via a digital platform, on which documentaries and a manifest could be published as well.