Bringing community voices into decision-making processes

OUR PHILOSOPHY

“Pictures and stories provide people a way to reflect on their own lives, and to talk together about what they want to protect and what they want to make better.”

 

Ann McBride Norton, Founder

(1944 - 2020)

Photovoices International leads the way for under-represented communities, especially women and youth, to have a say in the decisions that impact their lives. Our work is grounded in the principles of participatory photography and the core values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

 

We aim to address injustice, inequity, and the lack of diversity and inclusion in decision making by creating pathways for under-represented communities to participate in the development policies and decisions that impact their lives and the environments where they live, learn and work. 

Photovoices International encourages participants to share their knowledge and experiences, gives them the space and resources to further enrich their understanding and develop positions on issues of concern to them. This results in the meaningful articulation of community perspectives backed-up by powerful visual images.  The critical thinking and conversations about core issues, concerns and aspirations involved in the facilitated process ready community members to actively participate in discussions and decisions about issues important to them.  

Photovoices International rests on the belief that government and business leaders, scientists and international organizations have much to learn from the men, women and youth who live, learn and work, farm and fish, raise their children, practice their faiths in the program area. Strategies are far more effective when they incorporate local knowledge and perspectives, understand changing cultural landscapes, sacred geography and spiritual practices, and build partnerships with people based on respect.

VISION & MISSION

Photovoices’ vision is to empower under-represented communities to articulate their perspectives and improve their lives.

 

The mission is to engage with and train community members to use visuals and storytelling to influence people and policies, and advocate for positive change.

Through participatory photography, we provide:

  • Facilitated learning process – especially for women and youth – that builds knowledge, skills, and confidence.

  • Develop community champions and support opportunities for advocacy.

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OUR APPROACH

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

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PARTICIPANT TRAINING

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FACILITATED LEARNING PROCESS

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PHOTO AND STORY DEVELOPMENT

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WORKSHOPS AND EXHIBITIONS

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VILLAGE MEETINGS AND EXHIBITIONS

OUR TEAM

MANAGEMENT AND STAFF
Amy Cardamone
Program Director

With a background in community health development, Amy has been working in women and youth empowerment in Indonesia for 15 years and involved in running photovoices since 2014. 

Tri Soekirman
Executive Director

Tri is a communications and marketing professional with over 30 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit sectors, with strong experience in natural resources management and conservation. 

Hendy Bernard
Finance & Admin Manager

Hendy has over 15 years of experience in the field of finance and administration with conservation non-profits and the private sector.

IG Yudha Bhismaya
Data & Archive Officer

A Jakarta born Balinese and recent graduate of Udayana University, Yudha is also an avid photographer.

Saharuddin Usmi
Senior Facilitator

Saharuddin has been involved in community development for 20 years, working with fisher and coastal communities in Wakatobi, Rote Ndao, Taka Bone Rate, Ternate, and Berau. 

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Nurma Nengsi
Field Project Coordinator

Nurma has been involved in community development since 2015, with a focus on women empowerment and child protection in South Sulawesi.

BOARD MEMBERS AND ADVISERS
Rezal Kusumaatmadja
Founder & Chairman of the Board

Rezal is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of PT Rimba Makmur Utama, a forest conservation and restoration company. 

Suzy Hutomo
Board Member

As the Chairwoman of The Body Shop Indonesia, Suzy consistently supports business practices that emphasize environmental sustainability. Through her Sustainable Suzy hub, she promotes an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

S.A. Sri Saraswati
Board Member

Saras was the first staff of PVI in Indonesia when it started in 2007, and assumed the position of Executive Director in 2014-2016. 

Riza Marlon
Board Member

A biologist and one of the foremost wildlife photographers in Indonesia, Riza has published 2 books, “Living Treasures of Indonesia” and “107+ Ular Indonesia”.

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Larry Fisher
Sr. Adviser

A research professor at the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources Management and the Environment, Larry has over 40 years of environmental conflict resolution in Indonesia.

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Ida Ayu Agung Mas
Board Member

Ida has dedicated her life to working with communities in her native Bali. Her greatest commitments have been to programs related to the environment and culture.

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Gita Syahrani
Board Member

Gita is the Executive Director of Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari, a collaborative district association established to advance green development. A lawyer, Gita has worked in sustainability, climate financing, and green investment law and policy.