On April 17-18, HI’s Deputy Director, Debika Shome, and Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, participated and presented at the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Dissection: D event. As the fourth installment of the Dissection Series, topics included community impact, impact and innovation, and the future of impact and its measurement. Beharry demonstrated HI’s impact measurement tool, ImpactSpace, and presented our case studies on the the Walking Dead, and the film Gasland. Click here to read more about the conference’s events.
On April 14-15, HI participated in Dissection: C, the third installment of the Center for Investigative Reporting’s Dissection series, at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York. Founder and Executive Director, John S. Johnson, Deputy Director, Debika Shome, Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, and Data Scientist Burton DeWilde attended the conference, which addressed the challenges of impact analysis, including the need for definitions and taxonomy around impact measurement and new measurement techniques. Beharry presented HI’s ImpactSpace.
From March 25-28, HI participated in the Britdoc Foundation’s Impact Distribution Lab, held in New York. Topics at the four-day summit included the international and local aspects of the distribution and impact of media, and impact evaluation. HI’s Senior Creative Technologist, Clint Beharry, discussed the value of impact evaluation and presented ImpactSpace.
On March 4, HI’s Deputy Director, Debika Shome, presented at the Center for Social Innovation’s Social Impact Media 101: How Films Inspire Social Change event. Held in honor of International Women’s Day, the event focused on female filmmakers. Shome spoke about ImpactSpace and how it can be used to measure the impact of documentary film on social issues such as women’s rights. Read more about the speakers and the event here.
On January 30-31, HI participated in the Center for Investigative Reporting’s (CIR) Dissection: B, the second installment of their Dissection series, in Macon, Georgia. Senior Creative Technologist Clint Beharry gave an in-depth look at HI’s pioneering impact measurement application, ImpactSpace, including the wide variety of metrics and visualizations the application will use to track and map the impact of media.
On January 19, HI’s Deputy Director Debika Shome participated in the panel discussion ‘Beyond Butts In Seats and Tweets, How Do We Know Films Are Making a Difference?’ at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Part of Sundance’s New Frontier initiative, the panel discussion also included Richard Perez (Director, Cesar’s LastFast), Todd Cunningham (Director, Media Impact Project), Emily Verellen (Director of Programs and Communications, The Fledgling Fund) and Sasha Costanza-Chock (Assistant Professor of Civic Media, MIT), and was moderated by Wendy Levy (Director, New Arts Axis). Panelists addressed the topic of impact measurement, and Shome discussed the evolution of HI’s work in impact measurement from case studies to the creation of ImpactSpace, and the need for more comprehensive impact analyses tailored to individual pieces of media. Read more about the event on our blog, The Ripple Effect.
On November 13, Deputy Director Debika Shome presented HI ImpactSpace in a speed talk at the event, “What could a Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia University look like?” This event created a public forum for brainstorming about how a Digital Storytelling Lab could promote education and encourage innovation within the landscape of storytelling. The Digital Storytelling Lab, currently in development, will bring together creativity and technology in a collaborative space.
On November 13, HI participated in several sessions at the Media Impact Focus, hosted by Media Impact Funders. Our Founder and Executive Director, John S. Johnson, gave a keynote speech on the importance of media impact measurement. Additionally, Deputy Director Debika Shome and Data Scientist Burton DeWilde discussed HI ImpactSpace on a panel, “Film and Entertainment: Impact Frameworks and Resources.”
This October HI partnered with Crimson Hexagon’s Social Research Grant Program. The partnership gives HI access to Crimson Hexagon’s ForSight™ platform, a tool that draws from the full Twitter Firehose to compose a comprehensive visualization of social media data. ForSight™ adds significantly to HI’s database and will play an instrumental role in analyzing narrative impact for social good.