As part of our new Participatory Budgeting initiative, a contest has been launched where you can create a video to share how you would spend $1 million to improve our community. All of those who create a video will be entered into a raffle to win a Flip video camera! All contest details are below, as well as some tips for those who may be new to making videos. Please read the instructions carefully and upload your submission before the November 21st deadline.
You have a chance to decide how to spend $1 million to improve your neighborhood. What do you want?
Tell us in a video. Deadline November 21.
Participatory Budgeting is a new and different way to make decisions about publically funded infrastructure projects in your neighborhood.
If you or someone you know has ideas about how things could work better in these districts – make a video and let us know! All eligible ideas submitted by November 21 will be considered.
Here’s How You Can Participate
- Read and follow the rules
- Create a 30 second to 3 minute video about how you would spend $1 million to improve infrastructure in one of the four districts
- Upload your video to YouTube and tag it pbnyc (very important to tag it!)
- Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info and the name of the video that you uploaded and tagged. Everyone who uploads a video will be entered into a raffle for a Flip video camera, so make sure to send us your info!
- Submit your video by November 21
There is a Video Workshop to Help You Out
November 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Brooklyn Community Access TV (BCAT) studio 232 Third Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn at the Old American Can Factory. RSVP required email@example.com (space is limited, first come first served)
For more information
- Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes – shorter is great!
- Capital projects only: that’s money for physical improvements that benefit the public like rebuilding a street, renovating a park, installing benches or street lights, or trash cans, repairing buildings, or buying computers or equipment for a school or community center.
- Any music used must have the permission of the artist or be available via a Creative Commons license (see https://creativecommons.org/legalmusicforvideos). Or create your own music!
- By tagging your video pbnyc you agree to allow the Arts & Democracy Project, Participatory Budgeting Project, and the City Councilmembers to use your video for educational purposes and feature on their websites.
- Projects need to be within the four City Council districts: District 8, Manhattan/Bronx, Districts 39 and 45 in Brooklyn and District 32 in Queens. Check http://pbnyc.org to see what neighborhoods are in these districts.
- Videos need to be submitted by November 30 for your ideas to be considered this year.
- Plan ahead. Even if your idea is simple, think through how you want to do it before you start recording. If your idea is more complex, write out a script or a storyboard.
- Make sure you have enough light, especially if you are shooting indoors.
- If you are recording sound with your camera mic, make sure there are no background noises and then make sure that the person speaking is loud and clear.
- Make sure you can see everything/everyone in the shot before you start recording.
- November 7 workshop with Betty Yu at BCAT – free, but RSVP required firstname.lastname@example.org
- How to create and upload a video to YouTube
- Global Action Project Media in Action Curriculum
- Witness video on how to make a good video with very little equipment
- AFSC guide to uploading a video on YouTube
Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee & the National Priorities Project for sharing their resources and inspiring this project!