WHAT WE DO
Benevolent Media is a media and events company dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good.
We do this in the following ways:
- Editorial content on our website;
- Community events, hosted in partnership with cause-oriented groups and brands;
- An annual festival, convening mediamakers and changemakers to share best practices, case studies and special projects; and,
- Consulting services, including marketing and communications, business development, and event planning and promotion.
We focus on people, organizations and projects that compel audiences to care about a cause, take action on an issue, or promote a point of view through strategic and inspiring multimedia.
“Storytelling” means anything to do with journalism, blogging, filmmaking, photography or other narratives, based on fact and truth.
“Design” means anything to do with graphics, interactive data, information visualization, branding and marketing, or other human-centered problem-solving and innovation.
“Good” means anything to do with positive and lasting social or environmental change.
And of course, for the public good, storytelling and design must exist through community engagement—both online and offline—in order to be inspiring, effective and sustainable. This can be achieved through social networking, events, partnerships, information-sharing and other types of relationship-building between content creators, consumers and curators.
HOW WE DO IT
Our website, BenevolentMedia.org, attracts more than 2,000 visitors per month. We feature interviews, profiles, case studies and news about how storytelling and design can be used for social and environmental good. We have served as a blogging partner for several high-profile conferences and events, including Social Media Week DC, Media That Matters, Net Impact and the Sundance Film Festival.
We organized our inaugural Benevolent Media Festival in November 2011 during Digital Capital Week in Washington, D.C. Our team of volunteers and community partners held film screenings, hosted open mic nights, led youth workshops, staged a benefit concert, showcased a charity design day and much, much more. In total, more than 400 people engaged in 18 different events held across the city, and thousands more supported us through viral marketing and promotion. Our signature events included an opening party, video showcase, networking lounge, and a pitch night for entrepreneurs.
In February 2012, we launched our community event series. These events included fundraiser parties for local nonprofit groups, film screenings, photo exhibits, panel discussions, and pop-up marketplaces – each showcasing different types of media and different types of causes.
Our second annual citywide Benevolent Media Festival was organized in June 2012.
On September 23-29, 2013, Benevolent Media is producing the first-ever Media Rise Festival, a weeklong series of events in Washington, D.C. that celebrates how storytelling, design, art and media can contribute to a peaceful, just, and sustainable world.
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