Video Production for Community Organizing
Kaua'i Worldwide Communications, Inc., is based in Lihu'e, Hawai'i. We put the power of digital technology and internet dissemination into your hands. Our video production services enable you to tell your story, promote your idea, and stimulate change in your community. We help you organize and motivate others.
Our owner, also the founder of Kaua'i Worldwide Communications, Inc., is Edward Coll. He has more than 40 years of experience producing a variety of shows and documentaries. He's worked for PBS Hawai'i in Honolulu, the Trinidad Broadcasting Company Limited, the BBC in the UK, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Edward Coll holds a master's degree in educational communication and technology from the University of Hawai'i in Manoa. His undergraduate bachelor's degree in educational psychology was obtained at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. His expertise is in video production, psychology, and community organizing. We'd like to share the story of his early years.
The Story Behind Our Community-Based Services
Edward was a member of the U.S. Air Force in Alaska at the end of the Vietnam War. He was a psychiatric ward technician, and he participated in a retraining program designed to facilitate reentering civilian life. When asked what he would like to be trained for, he said he wanted to become a television executive. The program advisor said Edward didn't have any experience or any qualifications—and they didn't have an appropriate program anyway.
So on his own initiative, Edward talked to the people involved in a unique program, the Sky River Project. This project helped Eskimos participate in community development and build solidarity through the use of videotape technology. For two and a half days each week Edward was trained by and worked with the Sky River Project.
Portable videotaping was rather new back then. Project workers made use of it to travel around and interview people, asking them what they considered to be the most important problems facing their village. They talked about the need for sewers and schools as well as other difficulties. When the taping was complete, everyone came to the community center to view the video. If anything important was missing, workers videotaped more. Then the community picked a spokesperson to accompany project workers back to Anchorage where the video was edited. When the editing was finished, the Sky River Project presented the video to the state legislature. They sat a television on the legislator's desk, started the video, and said, "Here's what the villagers think are the problems that need to be solved." Then they would videotape the legislator's response. This response was taken back to the villagers for their consideration. This became a way of using video as a tool for community organizing.