Community Media for Change is a student-led journalism and storytelling conference hosted at the International School of Beijing. The mission of the conference centers on the power of media to spark empathy, build community, and create positive change in our challenging world.
In collaboration with the Innovation Project, a global student-centered collaborative project focusing on innovation and sustainability, the ISB Futures Public Radio media team is pinpointing conference efforts on the following Sustainable Development Goal Targets:
5-B: Promote empowerment of women through technology
9-C: Universal access to information and communications technology
16-10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms
17-17: Encourage effective partnerships
Our main conference Keynote Speakers are Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick of the acclaimed Out of the Blocks podcast, originally from Baltimore, Maryland: Out of the Blocks is a uniquely immersive listening experience that emerges from a mosaic of voices and soundscapes on the streets of Baltimore. A custom-tailored score colors and connects this tapestry of stories hidden in plain sight. Aaron and Wendel will speak about the importance of empathy in media, while spending a week at ISB as resident media experts, activists, and innovators.
In collaboration with Inspire Citizens Public Radio, a hub for international student and school public media platforms, Out the Blocks is expanding internationally with student journalists around the world including Beijing, Seoul, and Prishtina, Kosovo.
During the second week of the Innovation Project, Futures Public Radio student leaders link their innovative media project to SDG targets. Also considered is how citizens public media can make the world more innovative, empathy-based, and sustainable.