Festival Highlight: The Future of Outreach: New Trends in Digital Media for Nonprofits

The Benevolent Media Festival is a celebration of Washington, D.C.’s community of storytellers and designers dedicated to social and environmental good. Members of the community who identify as “benevolent media creators” are invited to host and organize their own lectures, workshops, performances, networking events or other activities, located at multiple venues across the city, that compel audiences to care about a cause, take action on an issue, or promote a point of view through strategic and inspiring multimedia. The events are scheduled for November 4-7, 2011.

What: The Future of Outreach Panel Discussion

When: Sunday November 6,2011 5:00pm-7:00pm

Where: 826 DC 3233 14th St NW.

In this rapidly changing world of mobile devices, social media and the cloud, how should cause-oriented organizations take advantage of new tech to raise money, influence thinking and make a difference?

Join Patrick White and Aziz Isham of Arcade Sunshine Media as they host a panel of experts presenting on the latest trends in multimedia outreach.

Arcade Sunshine Media (www.arcadesunshine.com) is a multimedia publisher working to transform the print industry by integrating social media, videos, animations, images and more. Their latest project is a multi-media book for 826DC (an after school tutoring program for inner-city youth).

This panel is open to nonprofit professionals, NGO workers, fundraisers, authors, journalists, media junkies, bloggers and anyone else interested in new modes of digital outreach.

Panelists include:

Austen Levihn-Coon is a New Media Associate at Fission Strategy. Prior to joining Fission Strategy, he worked as a Junior Associate at Joe Trippi & Associates where he implemented new media campaigns for progressive nonprofits and political candidates in the U.S. and abroad. Austen got his start in online organizing as a New Organizing Institute Fellow at the Energy Action Coalition, overseeing the social media campaign for Power Shift 2009, a national youth climate change conference, which brought more than 12,000 students to Washington, DC and launched a new generation of grassroots climate change organizers. Austen received his B.A. in Poverty, Social Inequities, and Social Movements at Middlebury College, where he conducted primary research analyzing the geographic and demographic trends of the burgeoning climate change movement in the United States.

Mike Miller owns and operates Think Out Loud (TOL in webspeak) - an award-winning media production company that produces original content for the web and broadcast. They provide a wide range of production services including cinematography, photography, editing, sound mixing, podcasting, file conversion, dvd authoring, motion graphics, and instructional workshops. Mike has a long and award winning record of producing media for nonprofits.

Aziz Isham was a TV executive and documentary filmmaker before launching Arcade Sunshine Media in 2010. He started his career in media at 60 Minutes, and went on to develop and produce numerous films and series for History, Discovery, National Geographic and several other broadcasters. He co-produced, with Patrick White, the critically acclaimed multimedia book Here on Earth for iPad -- which has been called 'the benchmark for interactive books in any genre' (appadvice.com) and was the first ebook to incorporate social networking. He graduated from Yale University with a BA in Anthropology, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Patrick White is an independent documentary producer and writer. He ran the development department for JWM Productions, produced award winning films about public health in east Africa, created multiple series for many of the largest networks in commercial television and recently directed My Life is a Zoo - the highly rated National Geographic series. He was also named as one of the area's best DJ's by the Washington Post…a title he's earned three years in a row. He holds a BA from George Washington University and a MA in Film from Boston College.