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10 Tactics film screening inspires ideas for Drumbeat San Diego

Author's name: 
Mera Szendro Bok- New Media Rights
San Diego, California

The film 10 Tactics was screened for the first time in San Diego, California on October 25th, 2010. New Media Rights hosted the event at the local Joyce Beers Center. 10 Tactics is a film about how rights advocates have used digital technologies to turn information into action.
 
New Media Rights is a San Diego based non-profit that offers free legal assistance on topics of copyright and online publishing. We also offer a free public media studio for local creators to use.
 
Showing the 10 Tactics film and collaborating on Drumbeat San Diego projects are rooted in community building. San Diego, California is a very diverse community of people and many groups were represented at the 10 Tactics film screening. We had activists, web developers, media activists, holistic health practitioners, student activists and many others all in attendance to watch the film and feel empowered to become involved in Drumbeat San Diego.
 

Laura Lee Thompson, a local compassion advocate said that the movie came at a perfect time for her, when after a feeling burnt out on her activism she was ready to take a new approach, and integrate new media tools more. We heard this time and time again where people were inspired to utilize more digital technologies after viewing the film and were excited to get involved in our local initiative called Drumbeat San Diego.

 
Drumbeat San Diego will be an event held in January that will mix technologists, artists, community organizations and activists. These diverse communities will come together to build new media projects that benefit the community. One of the great projects is being facilitated by Jed Sundwall of Open San Diego and Lorie Hearn of the Watchdog Institute. Lorie presented the project after the film was shown. The idea behind the project is to obtain publicly available data sets and then have journalists work on writing articles that create a story around the data. One significant way that activists and other local community members could add to this particular project are identifying which data sets would be critical to the public being better informed.
 
Mera Szendro Bok, Communications and Information officer at New Media Rights emphasized that everyone in the room has skills that could benefit Drumbeat San Diego projects. Drumbeat San Diego projects need the contributions of citizens expressing community needs or getting involved in community outreach and buildup to the Drumbeat San Diego. Check out our How to get Involved page to see what areas of Drumbeat San Diego you would like to work with us on!

To see photos of the event visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/51718247@N08/

This article was orginally posted on www.newmediarights.org and is shared under Creative Commons license Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0

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