Challenge for Change (C4C) is a media project rooted in communities across the country. Our goal is to use the democratic power of media to foster connections and strengthen relationships between individuals and communities.
Conversations are at the heart of C4C. We are creating opportunities for Canadians to listen to each other, one-on-one: friends, mothers and daughters, strangers. Maybe there’s someone you’d like to interview because they inspire you. Maybe there is something you’ve always meant to ask your grandmother or grandfather. Maybe there’s a story you want to share with somebody about a time in your life or a challenge in your community. It’s so easy to put these conversations off, but what if we listened now?
In cities and towns across the country, C4C is hosting ‘listening events’ and offering workshops on interviewing, audio recording and storytelling. We’re working with local partners to get the word out and find the right space for you to have your conversation.
This is a chance for you to invite each other’s stories about just about anything: love, loss, illness, forgiveness. Things we don’t normally talk about. We’ll be there to help you get started and we’ll record your conversation—so you can keep it and share your story with others.
With your permission, some recordings may be produced into stories—radio docs, short films, animations. Some stories may spark deeper community conversations. Some may simply make for beautiful or funny shorts that tell us something about what it means to be you. Maybe you’d be interested in participating in the production of your story.
This project is named after the National Film Board of Canada initiative in the 1960s/70s. Challenge for Change brought together filmmakers, policy makers, community organizers and citizens to use video as a tool to connect people and animate community discussions about a range of issues from poverty to sexism to marginalization.
The new Challenge for Change wants to build on this legacy. We are also inspired by StoryCorps in the US and BBC’s The Listening Project.
Over the next three years, we plan to capture as many conversations with people from as many corners of the country as we can.
We’re starting in Vancouver BC and Steinbach MB.
Vancouver: Stories with youth in and from care
Tell me about something you feel proud of.
Tell me how you learned to ____________.
Where is your favourite place to go for inspiration?
I’d like to tell you a story…
We’re holding a series of free workshops and listening events for people with connections to the child welfare system—particularly youth who are in or from care. We’re working closely with partners to support youth who want to develop interviewing and audio-recording skills and explore story production. And we’re creating opportunities for people to come together and share stories. Registration is encouraged because that helps us plan, but drop-ins are cool, too.
Oct. 27, 2016: Workshop at Vancouver Public Library (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Oct. 27, 2016: Listening event at Vancouver Public Library’s Inspiration Lab (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
Nov. 7, 2016: Listening event at Clearbrook Public Library (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Steinbach: Stories of belonging
What’s your favourite ‘only-in-Steinbach’ story?
When’s the last time you felt like you belonged?
If there was one thing you’d really like me to understand about _________, what would it be?
Stories about belonging might be about love, language, friends or traditions. We all have them. Who would you like to invite to share a story? We’re offering free workshops in Steinbach, Manitoba where you can learn about audio recording, develop interviewing skills, talk about the value of listening, and explore ways to share recorded stories.
We’re also working with local partners to host listening events where you can bring someone you’d like to interview or share a story with—we’ll be there to provide audio recording equipment and record your conversation and help in any way we can. Registration for these events is encouraged because that helps us plan, but you’re also welcome to drop by!
Oct. 20, 2016: Workshop at Jake Epp Library (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Oct. 22, 2016: Listening Event at Jake Epp Library (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Nov. 18, 2016: Workshop at Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre (4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) AND Listening Event (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Nov. 19, 2016: Workshop at Steinbach Cultural Arts Centre (9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m) AND Listening Event (11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
After selecting your location (Steinbach or Vancouver), use the calendar to select the date/time for the event you would like to attend: you can register for one of our workshops and/or you can book a one-hour session at a listening event (where recording equipment and facilitation support will be provided). Fill out the rest of the fields and we’ll send you a confirmation email.