All Blog Posts tagged 'video' (22)

Spark Change Podcast Episode 10: Thunderclap

Think of it as an online flash mob. Thunderclap is a free tool for posting simultaneous messages from lots of people across multiple social media accounts. Today on the podcast we highlight a few Thunderclap success stories, talk about our experiences as “crowd-speak” participants, and share ideas for organizing your own campaign.

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July 2, 2014 - 2 Comments Spark Change Podcast, Video, Advocacy, Social Media

Homelessness No Longer “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” for Filmmakers and Their Communities


"The Beast Inside" is one of four animated shorts produced by the Film & Family Homelessness Project. Co-director and animator Drew Christie told us that making this film helped him understand how "institutional racism, bigotry, misunderstandings and fear" contribute to homelessness.

Seattle University's Film & Family Homelessness Project worked with six Seattle-area filmmakers to produce four beautiful animated films revealing different aspects of living with poverty and homelessness. The stories were informed by families who have first-hand experience with these challenges. Developing these films was a learning process for the filmmakers, and we invited them to share lessons they came away with. Read their reflections and watch the American Refugees films.

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June 20, 2014 - 0 Comments Homelessness, Advocacy, Video

Spark Change Podcast Episode 9: Blogging

We’ve been hearing questions about blogging from our nonprofit colleagues, so today on Spark Change we're laying out why launching a blog can be a great idea -- and why it might not be right for you! We also share some best practices and content ideas for those who decide to take the plunge into the blogosphere.

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June 6, 2014 - 0 Comments Spark Change Podcast, Video

Homeless Speakers Bureau Advocates Tell a Story That Needs to Be Heard

Susan Russell is a Real Change vendor and member of the Homeless Speakers Bureau. Image credit: Still capture from video by Anissa Amalia.

Have you heard about Real Change’s Homeless Speakers Bureau? It’s a group of homeless and formerly homeless people who speak about their personal experiences with homelessness. Speakers help educate the public, facilitate conversation, and inspire social action. Susan Russell, a Speakers Bureau member and passionate advocate, wrote this excellent post about why she speaks up about homelessness.

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June 4, 2014 - 1 Comment Advocacy, Housing, Homelessness, Video

Hacking to End Homelessness

Meg Roberts (@megchirps on Twitter) built this collage featuring scenes from the Hack to End Homelessness.

Seattle’s first-ever Hack to End Homelessness brought housing advocates and service providers together with members of the tech community to design and build solutions to homelessness. The weekend of May 2-4, more than 100 people collaborated on a dozen projects, including informative infographics, data analyses and visualizations, websites, and mobile apps. Read on for our take on the event, as well our videos featuring activist Mark Horvath.

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May 15, 2014 - 0 Comments Video, Homelessness, Advocacy, Social Media

Culture Watch: “@home,” Mark Horvath and Three Wishes for Solving Homelessness

The many faces of Mark Horvath and his good friend, social media, as shown in the new film @home. Original art by Haley Jo Lewis.

Equipped with a video camera, a big online following, and endless compassion, Mark Horvath documents and shares stories of people who are experiencing homelessness. The new documentary "@home" follows Mark on an 11,000-mile road trip across the United States, and introduces us to the homeless men, women, and children he connects with. Haley Jo Lewis from Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness reviews the film and invites you to its May 2 Seattle premiere.

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April 24, 2014 - 0 Comments Culture Watch, Video, Advocacy, Social Media, Homelessness

Domestic Violence Housing First Project Gives Survivors Freedom to Choose How to Rebuild Their Lives

When guest blogger Kendra Gritsch thinks of home, she thinks of safety, security, love, and her cat, Miso. For some families, though, home is an unsafe and scary place. And for many women experiencing domestic violence, home is a reason to stay in an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, as victims are often faced with the decision between two dangerous situations: abuse or homelessness. Kendra shares how her organization, the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, collaborates with service providers like the YWCA of Kitsap County to help survivors avoid homelessness and begin rebuilding their lives. 

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April 8, 2014 - 0 Comments Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Video

Spark Change Podcast Episode 6: Storify

Storify is a tool for bringing together tweets, status updates, photos and videos to tell a story. Users can search lots of social networks from one place, drag individual elements into a single storyline, and add text to give context. This winter, McKenna Haley from Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness used Storify to tell the story of Washington’s Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. We loved the way her piece came together, so we invited McKenna to talk with us about her experience with the free version of Storify.

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March 11, 2014 - 0 Comments Advocacy, Social Media, Video, Podcast, Spark Change

Sounding the Alarm Gong for Homeless Services

Sharon Jones, a newspaper vendor with Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, rings a gong outside the state capitol at an advocacy event organized by Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

Sideways rain soaked our clothes, and wind threatened to send our unsturdy blue plastic tent smashing into the steps of the Capitol building. Why were dozens of housing advocates huddled around a gong in that nasty weather?

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March 6, 2014 - 0 Comments Housing, Homelessness, Advocacy, Video, Policy Matters

He Saved Up for Rent and a Deposit - So Why Was Thomas Stuck in a Shelter?

When Thomas was living in a homeless shelter in Tacoma, he saved up to get an apartment. He had first and last months' rent, a deposit, and enough money for three tenant screening fees each month. An error on his screening report got him rejected by landlords time after time, though, and he spent hundreds of dollars on tenant screening reports. Thomas was stuck in the shelter months longer than he needed to be. A proposed law making its way through the legislature solves this problem by creating portable screening reports -- find out what you can do to support this solution!

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February 12, 2014 - 0 Comments Advocacy, Housing, Homelessness, Video

Spark Change Podcast Episode 5: Unselfies and Photo Booths

“Unselfies” and photo booths make advocacy fun! We’ve seen an explosion of selfies, or self-portraits, as camera phones have become ubiquitous and people want to share photos of themselves on networks like Facebook and Instagram. Now, nonprofits have flipped the term and asked people to share unselfies -- photos of themselves advocating for a cause. In today’s Spark Change Podcast, we share our experiences with unselfies, as well as photo booths for advocacy.

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February 11, 2014 - 0 Comments Spark Change Podcast, Video, Advocacy

Educators Speak Up for Homeless Students

Education is a major focus of this legislative session, in part because policymakers have been directed by the state Supreme Court to invest billions more dollars in funding K-12 education. But lawmakers and advocates alike recognize that as long as family homelessness is a problem in our state, students and schools will suffer. In this video, educators explain how they've seen homelessness affect students, and how these experiences motivated them to join Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day.

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January 31, 2014 - 0 Comments Advocacy, Housing, Homelessness, Video

One Night Count Results Galvanize Action

Each year, volunteers across the country fan out through their communities to count people who are sleeping outdoors. 3,117 homeless men, women and children were out in the cold in King County between 2 and 5 a.m. today. 

Real Change, a homeless empowerment project and newspaper based in Seattle, organizes a "Sounding of the Gong" event the morning after the count to bring attention to the problem of homelessness. Firesteel spoke with Real Change Founding Director Tim Harris about the count results, which reflected a 14 percent increase from 2013 in the number of people sleeping outdoors. We also interviewed Rachael Myers, Executive Director of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, about advocacy efforts to end homelessness in Washington state. Join Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on Jan. 28 in Olympia to meet your legislators and encourage them to support policies that will end homelessness. 

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January 24, 2014 - 1 Comment Video, Advocacy, Homelessness

Using Social Media on Advocacy Day and Beyond!

Image by Jamal Khurshid

Calling all twitterers and Facebook fans! Social networks are a great place to share your thoughts on housing, and to rally your friends to advocate for policies that will end homelessness. Take social media to the next level! Join our free Social Media 201 Google+ Hangout this Monday, Jan. 13.

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January 8, 2014 - 0 Comments Housing, Advocacy, Homelessness, Video

Spark Change Podcast Episode 3: Simple Advocacy Videos

Short videos are easy to make and share with smartphones, and they can have a big impact because of their power to create an emotional connection between viewers and people they're watching. In this podcast, we share tips for producing and distributing simple advocacy videos. 

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December 11, 2013 - 0 Comments Advocacy, Video, Podcast, Spark Change

Spark Change Podcast Episode 2: SnapApp

Interactive content, such as polls, quizzes and photo contests, are effective ways to increase engagement. In this podcast, we share ideas for using interactive content creation tools like SnapApp to advance advocacy. 

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December 4, 2013 - 2 Comments Advocacy, Podcast, Video, Spark Change

Spark Change Podcast Episode 1: Google+ Hangouts

In our very first podcast, Erin Murphy and Denise Miller of Firesteel share ideas for using Google+ Hangouts to advance advocacy. Hangouts are a very accessible way to connect people, wherever they are, and to create an archive of their video conversations.

At Firesteel, we test a lot of new media tools as we mobilize our community to advocate for an end to homelessness. The purpose of the Spark Change Podcast is to share what we've learned, and to help other advocates use these tools.

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November 26, 2013 - 3 Comments Podcast, Video, Advocacy, Spark Change, Technology

Domestic Violence: Sue's Story

Sue's former partner seemed like a nice guy at first. When they moved in together, though, the difference was night and day. He beat her so badly that she frequented the emergency room. He completely controlled her finances, and isolated her from her friends and family so she was trapped. On this last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, hear Sue's story, and find out what you can do to help end the cycle of abuse.

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October 31, 2013 - 0 Comments Video, Homelessness, Advocacy, Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence: Social Isolation and Homelessness


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we're exploring the connections between domestic violence and family homelessness. In this video, Norene Roberts, program manager at a domestic violence shelter, explains how abusers isolate their victims from their friends and family -- and how this isolation can contribute to homelessness. She also gives advice for helping a loved one who is experiencing domestic violence.

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October 23, 2013 - 0 Comments Domestic Violence, Advocacy, Video, Social Media, Homelessness

Domestic Violence: Naomi's Story


Domestic violence isn't just physical abuse -- it can also be emotional and economic abuse. In Naomi's case, her former partner manipulated her finances and stole money from her. He isolated her from her friends and family and threatened to kill her. Though Naomi wanted to leave him, she feared retaliation. She also needed him around to help pay the bills.

When Naomi did break away from her abuser, she couldn't afford rent. She and her two children spent a year and a half sleeping in shelters and on friends' and family members' floors and couches. Sadly, Naomi's story is all too common; domestic violence is one of the leading causes of family homelessness.

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October 9, 2013 - 0 Comments Domestic Violence, Advocacy, Video, Social Media, Homelessness

Domestic Violence: What Is Economic Abuse?


Seventy-four percent of domestic violence survivors stayed with a partner longer than they wanted to because of financial concerns. If a survivor doesn’t have money for a rental deposit, a hotel room or even a bus ride, she is going to have a hard time leaving her abuser. Many perpetrators of domestic violence -- particularly males -- limit their victims’ access to financial resources in order to trap them.

In this video, Jennifer Quiróz, Economic Resilience Program Manager at the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, explains how economic abuse can look in different relationships. She also shares why economic abuse is such an effective tool for trapping women in violent situations.

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October 2, 2013 - 0 Comments Domestic Violence, Advocacy, Video, Social Media, Homelessness
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