About Invisible Children

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This presentation is from a student in the online class, "Acting Up - Using Theater & Social Change," Spring 2012, from DePaul’s School for New Learning. Tom Tresser, instructor, tom@tresser.com.

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About Invisible Children

  1. 1. Creative Social Change with…
  2. 2. Invisible Children is a 501(c)(3) organizationbased in San Diego, CA and in Uganda, Africa. Dedicated to stopping war violence and assisting those in war-afflicted communities throughout Central and East Africa. INTENTIONS: (1) Make the world aware of the LRA. This includes making documentary films and touring them around the world so that they are seen for free by millions of people. (2) Channel energy from viewers of IC films into large-scale advocacy campaigns to stop the LRA and protect civilians. (3) Operate programs on the ground in LRA-affected areas that focus on protecting communities, supporting LRA victims and post-conflict reconstruction.
  3. 3. Past Campaigns…
  4. 4. W AT C H TH E
  5. 5. Lords Resistance Army, or LRA : an extremelypowerful and violent rebel army group known fortheir tactics of rape, killing civilians,mutilation, cannibalism, and abducting childrento become LRA soldiers and wives. Their leader is Joseph Kony.
  6. 6. Over the last 26 years…  66,000 youth abducted by the LRA QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a 440,000 people displaced in DRC, CAR, & South Sudan decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. 2.1 million displaced in Uganda
  7. 7. CREATING CHANGE “Invisible Children uses film, creativity and socialaction to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Konys rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in East and Central Africa to peace and prosperity” (InvisibleChildren.com).
  8. 8. TARGETING YOUTH“Admittedly, KONY 2012 was gearedtowards young, western audiences inan effort to raise awareness of whatbegan in Uganda, but is currentlytaking place in DR Congo, CentralAfrican Republic, and South Sudan.” -InvisibleChildren.com Young. Fresh. Music. Art. Pop Culture. “Whatever worries some harbored over Invisible Children’s methods, there was no denying its influence. By 2008, the campaign had made the LRA and Kony the No. 1 foreign issue for American students, on a par with the antiapartheid campaign for an earlier generation.” - Time Magazine
  9. 9. Video. Film. Documentaries. [The film] has an extremely clear theory of change. It lays out the steps needed, and adds some key power elements like celebrity endorsement through multiple social media channels. Its also a great study on some powerful storytelling techniques: its human-centered, has a clear audience in the role of the hero, offers a simple take-away and is emotionally driven.” - Free Range
  10. 10. Utilizing technology. Defection Fliers FM Radio Messaging Early Warning HF Radio NetworkRead more here.
  11. 11. SO MC EI DA IL A
  12. 12. Creativity + Innovation = Social Change
  13. 13. Aside from the largest rehabilitation facility in Uganda,they have also established scholarship programs forchildren coming out of the war, newly built secondaryschools, teacher training programs, adult literacytraining programs, clean water systems, loanorganizations, job training programs for women, andoverall sustainable economic growth methods to helpthe surrounding countries.
  14. 14. WE. CAN’T. STOP.

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