Making Voices Heard.
Technological innovation is changing the form and focus of mass media, heralding an explosion of unique media outlets with worldwide reach. Satellite TV and social media now allow individuals from around the world to tell their stories directly to a global audience – introducing new ideas and opening up previously unimagined avenues for innovation and creativity.
While the digital revolution has the potential to amplify all communities‘ voices and help to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth, the digital divide restricts impoverished, displaced and other vulnerable people from finding a voice -- and earning a living -- with digital tools and know-how.
We are now at a tipping point where young people's involvement can either make a real difference in these efforts' success or doom them to failure. As digital communications create an ever-greater flow of information, we are working to forge a more diverse, inclusive and representative global media that incorporates the unique perspectives, talents and knowledge of young men and women - by training them and integrating them into the digital media market ecosystem. For more information about our work worldwide, contact us.
Co-founder and President Hope Traficanti began her career as a legal advocate for disabled individuals through the New York State Courts. In 2001, she received a Masters’ in Clinical Psychology, but went on to become an international development specialist working with public organizations and the private sector.
She was also part of a UN team that launched agricultural and life schools for vulnerable children across sub-Saharan Africa. She also worked for the science department at Thirteen/WNET as a researcher and production assistant.
After several years at Bioversity International, a global biodiversity research organization, Ms. Traficanti helped to found DCI, a private firm providing tools and innovations for governments and civil society. She is now an international communications consultant working with UNDP and other agencies. From the beginning, it has been Ms. Traficanti’s dream to marshal the power of digital innovations for empowering young people to share their stories and enhance their communities and societies.
Director of Outreach and Technology John D’Ulisse began his television career as a systems engineer at the historic National Recording studios in New York. He went on to the documentary unit of ABC News where he worked on over 60 broadcast documentaries. He also distinguished himself during the events of September 11th, 2001, for which he was honored with an Emmy.
Traveling to Italy and then to the Palestinian Territories, he worked in news and documentaries, and began mentoring young directors as a finishing editor. In Italy, he was deeply involved in covering stories such as the Death of Pope John Paul II, the European Space Launch and the Turin Olympics — also serving on the Communications faculty at John Cabot University.
Mr. D’Ulisse also worked extensively with the UN, editing documentaries and developing communication-for-development tools. Since 2010 he has managed the News Acquisition Center of ABC News in New York, where he was twice honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award.
Curriculum Developer James Carter is a curator, writer and producer. James teaches digital media creation for MIRA and helped develop its core storytelling curriculum. He was a founding member of terraNOVA Collective and its associate artistic director for eight years. He also served as season producer for The Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Recent multi-platform plays include FEEDER: A Love Story (terraNOVA/HERE, NYC) and NY_Hearts: LES (One Muse Presents & The Brick Game Play Festival) a site-specific audio story that guides participants on a journey through New York neighborhoods. For more about James, read his blog onemuse.com where he explores the intersection of art and technology, or follow him on Twitter @jdcarter.