SocialChange101

SocialChange101.org is a free online educational resource and workshop series. Our workshops empower young people by exposing them to a range of social justice movements and local community organizations and then working with them to create documentary videos or multimedia digital humanities projects.

Our free online course offers interactive multimedia on the history, philosophy, and practice of social change. The backbone of the course are case studies of five social entrepreneurs—Andrew Carnegie, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, and Rachel Carson.

Through videos, text, games, and other tools, we invite you to decide for yourself what empowered these five people to change the world. And we challenge you to consider how you can bring those lessons into your own life.

In our workshops, young people produce videos about themselves, their communities, and a local community organization. By telling the story of that organization, our workshop participants:

  – explore the relationship between social change, storytelling, and media

  – deepen knowledge of contemporary social issues and the history of those issues

  – improve their ability to assess information in a media-saturated world

  – hone collaborative strategies for making art in support of social change

  – develop an intimate relationship with a community organization

  – cultivate a positive self-image as an agent of social change

One of our featured workshop projects, The Larimer Story, examines how a community is responding to the threat of gentrification. In 2014, Larimer won a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant from the US Department of Housing and Development. In accordance with the 2010 Larimer Vision Plan, this money is being used to create new community green spaces and 350 new units of mixed-income, environmentally-friendly housing. As market values rise in Larimer, will its current residents be forced out? How does a neighborhood change so that everyone benefits?

Another SocialChange101 multimedia project, Mapping Gandhi, combines historical information with data from the Bajaj Lab in order to track the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in the villages surrounding his last ashram.

For more information, or to explore our free resources, please visit SocialChange101.org.