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about Project VIEW

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Project VIEW

Project VIEW (Visual Inter-cultural Education on the Web) explores the use of camera phones and digital storytelling for cross-cultural connections between students around the world developing world. Although lack of access to computer technology is a common problem in the developing world, mobile phones are ubiquitous. Camera phones combined with non-verbal communications like movement and digital storytelling allow young people to establish meaningful connections with each other across geographic and cultural boundaries. The video exchanges combine elements of 'Web 2.0' social networks, traditional penpal programs and distance learning. Students exchange video messages about locally relevant issues or content (like a neighborhood exploration).

The components of Project VIEW include:

Project VIEW is part of the Digital Vision Program at Stanford University, an early-stage incubator for social ventures. It is supported by Stanford and the Reuters Foundation.
 


John Kuner

John Kuner pictureI grew up in the seventies as a child of very progressive parents, complete with the childhood stint on a commune. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Computer Science, and, ironically, went straight into corporate America. I started at a small technology company in New Jersey, but quickly decided to move west, where I landed at Sega, one of the biggest names in the videogame industry. After eight years, our division was acquired by Nokia, where I have worked for the last three years.

I have always had a notion of social responsibility. I had a job in high school at the HCA (Healthcare Corporation of America) Foundation, where I was first exposed to the notion that there was some part of a company that gave away money to do good things. I was hooked!

To actually get to "doing good", I thought I should become rich and then start my own foundation, just like Bill Gates. In the meanwhile, I had the good fortune to be surrounded by friends and family who were already doing service. My aunt was named a Kellogg fellow in the 80s to research social entrepreneurism. My good friend ran Hands On Baltimore, part of the AmeriCorps initiative started by Bill Clinton. I also served on the board of a small nonprofit for a few years.

As I took stock of my life and career, I realized it wasn't concrete enough. Just like my retirement account, I knew I need to invest my time and energy now, so my efforts would grow into something bigger later.

And that's how I started this mobile storytelling project.


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