Voice by Voice is a grassroots organization, non-profit, non-religious, non-political, led by a team of 6 persons (1 Danish, 1 German, 2 Israelis, 2 Palestinians). The structure is not yet formalized legally. So far no funds. Our aim and project is to video interview people about personal experiences in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, presented on our website. In relation to this: workshops in Israel and Palestine. The following organization have expressed partnership (in the process of being documented): Holy Land Trust, Bethlehem. So far all is built from voluntary work, no employees. We hope to be able to employ a part time daily leader in 2014, and to pay a small salary for the production of each video clip.
Our mission is to contribute to transparency in the conflict in Israel and Palestine, by holding a space for personal experiences of the conflict. Much of the available information on the conflict is about dramatic events, solutions and politics, whereas we aim to provide personal information. From this information, we trust that understanding and a sense of community will emerge, and from that common solutions towards sustainable peace in the region. To support the persons telling their story, and our whole work in the project, we use Nonviolent Communication. Our aim is to add video to video and hold the space for more and more voices, until enough understanding and community is generated.
Our team of 6 persons make video interviews with people who are influenced by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An interview usually takes 2 hours. It can be people who have contacted us through our website or have otherwise heard about the project, or it can be people that WE ask to share a personal experience related to the conflict. The interview is edited to a 5 min.s video clip and published on our website. In this way a forum for sharing personal consequences of the conflict system is held, for stories to inspire stories, especially in the non-blaming way they are told with Nonviolent Communication. On the website, people can comment on the videos. So far we have 13 video clips on our site, the 14th is on the way. A further prospect is to have the website and all video clips subtitled in English, Arabic and Hebrew, to ensure equal language access to the material (so far all is in English only). http://voice-by-voice.org. Please see attached budget for planned activities.
We have been uncertain about where to apply for membership. We want to stay both-sided in the conflict, so we don't want to only join a network in either Israel or Palestine. Since it seems we can't choose both, we have chosen Denmark. We are aware that our field of work is not directly in Denmark (although the conflict is worldwide), only when it comes to addressing Danish interest in peace building, human rights and democratic development in the Middle East and playing a leading role in that, but also a Danish interest in mere cultural exchange. NB: We have asked the ALF office (by email) what network to apply to, but have received no answer yet.
We want to join the ALF Network to get access to inspiration, partnership and funding. We reckon that there might very well be similar projects and activities and we want to get to the synergy of sharing ideas. Voice by Voice is a new project and organization and we have much to learn in building our organization and project.