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Blue Earth Alliance, in partnership with PhotoWings, presents the 5th annual Collaborations for Cause visual storytelling event. Space is limited. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing and reserve your tickets today! 

Hosted in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by Blue Earth Alliance, we bring together socially conscious businesses, non-profits, educators, public agencies and content creators for two days of inspiration, exploration, and partnership building. Watch videos from the last three years of Collaborations for Cause thanks to the generous sponsorship of PhotoWings. Learn more about Blue Earth Alliance here

Thanks to the generosity of C4C sponsors, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarship tickets. Please fill out this form if you are interested. 

Schedule and speaker lineup may be subject to change due to circumstances out of Blue Earth’s control. Unfortunately, we are not able to issue refunds.

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Friday, May 5

9:00am PDT

Morning eye-opener
Friday May 5, 2017 9:00am - 9:05am PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

10:00am PDT

Mary Virginia Swanson: "Think Subject: Connecting with Like-Minded Supporters"
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Mary Virginia Swanson

Advisor to Artists & Arts Organizations, M. V. Swanson & Associates
Mary Virginia Swanson is an author and educator who helps artists find the strengths in their work, identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner.  Her seminars and lectures on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

10:45am PDT

Jay Lyman & Richard Visick, Research Librarians from the Seattle Public Library: "Hiding in plain sight: Leveraging the Resources at Your Public Library"
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Jay Lyman

Librarian, Seattle Public Library
Jay Lyman is a librarian at the Seattle Public Library where he helps people find information that helps their businesses succeed. The library has many great resources, and assists people from various industries and at different stages in the business startup lifecycle. Jay and... Read More →
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Richard Visick

Librarian, Seattle Public Library
Richard Visick is a librarian in the Arts, Recreation, and Literature department of the Seattle Public Library. SPL offers patrons a wide variety of arts related resources, both in-person and digitally. Richard has a history of assisting artists with their information needs, having... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:45am - 11:25am PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

11:25am PDT

2:15pm PDT

Thomas Patterson (Mercy Corps): "What I look for when I hire a photographer"
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Thomas Patterson

Content Asset Specialist, Creative, Mercy Corps
I am Thomas Patterson, a photo editor and content specialist for the international humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. After more than a decade on the photo staff of the Statesman Journal newspaper, I earned a master's degree in Multimedia Journalism and undertook a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. Based in Portland, Oregon, I am... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 2:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

2:45pm PDT

David Moskowitz: "Mountain Caribou Initiative: Fundraising and Public Engagement in Conservation Storytelling"
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David Moskowitz

Biologist, Photographer, & Outdoor Educator
David Moskowitz is the author and photographer of two books, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon. As a biologist, photographer and educator, David has worked on wildlife studies and conservation initiatives around the United Sates and internationally. The focus of much his work has been on using tracking and other non-invasive research methods to study wildlife and promote... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 2:45pm - 3:10pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

3:10pm PDT

“Content is not King. Content is the Servant.” The role of content and image in fulfilling storytelling, marketing and editorial needs at World Vision US
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Tom Costanza

Creative Director, Video, World Vision
Edith Wharton writes that there are two ways of spreading light—to be thecandle or to be the mirror that reflects it. Early on, Tom Costanza chose to be a mirror. Tom spent the sixteen years as television news photographer at stationsfrom Scranton to Seattle covering everything... Read More →
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Phil Manzano

Director of Content Development, Brand & Campaigns division, World Vision
Phil is the director of Content Development in the Brand & Campaigns division of World Vision US. Currently, he oversees a team of writers and photographers, publications and promotional content. Prior to World Vision, he worked at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore. for more than 25... Read More →
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Jon Warren

Photojournalism Manager, World Vision
For almost 30 years, Jon Warren has dedicated his life to helping the poor to be seen and heard. He has traveled to upward of 60 countries producing photographs for many global publications and organizations such as World Vision.As Photojournalism Manager for World Vision, Jon travels... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 3:10pm - 3:50pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

3:50pm PDT

Bryan Monroe: "Why What We Do Still Matters. Hint: We're Not There Yet"
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Bryan Monroe

Verizon Chair and professor, Temple University's School of Media & Communication
Bryan Monroe is the Verizon Chair and professor at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication (SMC). Before joining Temple, he was most recently the Washington editor, Opinion & Commentary at CNN and editor of CNNPolitics.com. His work at that network included editorial... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 3:50pm - 4:15pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Saturday, May 6

9:00am PDT

Introduction and Welcome
Saturday May 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

10:30am PDT

Poulomi Basu: "Postmodernism in Photography and Transmedia Activism: Telling Socially Engaged Stories to Reach a Diverse Audience"

Poulomi Basu's body of work, A Ritual of Exile, investigates the causes and the consequences of normalized violence against women in Nepal. Perpetrated under the guise of Hindu tradition, the root cause of this violence is the belief in the impurity of a women’s menstrual blood. Hidden, under-reported and unresolved, these women are untouchable and, as a result, this violence takes the form of ‘exiles,” a way to keep menstruation shrouded in mystery and taboo, a weapon to shame women into subservience. In a world that is ravaged by war, the media is often full of images of those affected by conflict but, for many, the conflict begins at home.

This multidisciplinary project, combining still photography and virtual reality films, is designed to reach multiple audiences across different platforms, including print, virtual and physical installations.

"I want to turn my audience into activists and crack open the veil of silence and shame around women whose lives are shattered by such gender based violence," Basu says.

A Ritual of Exile reveals how the chaupadi ritual disrupts the lives of girls, exposes them to recurring danger and imposes unjust restrictions on women throughout their lives.

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Poulomi Basu

Storyteller, Artist, & Activist
Poulomi Basu is a storyteller, artist and activist. Her name sounds like ‘follow me’ with a ‘P’. She was raised by her mother in Calcutta, India and found early inspiration in the city’s rich cinematic history. After her father’s sudden death when Poulomi was 17, her... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

11:00am PDT

Roberto Hernandez: "Documenting Injustice: The Case of Presumed Guilty and Mexico's Judicial Reforms"
In 2009, a low-budget documentary film called Presumed Guilty was released in movie theaters across Mexico. The film tells the story of Toño Zúñiga, a man who was wrongfully convicted of murder in Mexico City. Through documenting his life in prison and his legal struggles to regain his freedom, the film made a compelling case for criminal justice reform in Mexico and challenged dominant policy narratives. 

The film’s impact was unexpectedly explosive. Its depiction of Mexico’s court system was so realistic and embarrassing that a federal judge issued a ban. In response to the censorship, the film was uploaded to YouTube and pirated DVD copies flooded the streets. Today, Presumed Guilty remains the most successful documentary in Mexican history. According to polls, one in every three Mexicans has seen the film. 

Layda Negrete and Roberto Hernández, the filmmakers, will discuss their experience making Presumed Guilty and explain how the film helped catalyze national judicial reforms in Mexico.

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Roberto Hernandez

Co-director, Presumed Guilty (documentary film)

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:00am - 11:30am PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

11:30am PDT

Helen Cherullo: "We Are Not Alone: Building Authentic Coalitions to Protect Wild Places"
Images have played a decisive role in preserving wild places in North America for well over 100 years, and they are essential in campaigns to protect the Arctic, which few people will ever see firsthand. But images alone are not enough. Helen Cherullo, executive director of Braided River, and a dedicated Arctic protection proponent, will present the critical role of photographers, incredible imagery, and genuine coalitions in the “We Are the Arctic” campaign to date, and marching forward.

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Helen Cherullo

Publisher, Mountaineers Books; Founder, Braided River
Helen Cherullo is the publisher of Mountaineers Books and founder of Braided River. She believes that wilderness is sacred, and appreciated through beauty: if we capture the heart, the mind (and responsible public policy) will follow. She has worked with many of the continent’s... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

2:00pm PDT

Melissa Ryan, & Mercy Mason: "Engaging Communities in Conservation Through Photography"

Nature Conservancy magazine’s Director of Photography Melissa Ryan will discuss the participatory photography workshop that she and photographer Jason Houston created to use photography as an engagement experience for individuals & communities working to conserve their natural resources.

Mercy Mason, one of the high school students who participated in the workshop, will present her personal experience and speak to the impacts the workshop had on her and her community.

The participatory photo workshop was held in July 2016 in the remote village of Klemtu, deep in the heart of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.


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Mercy Mason

Blackfish clan of the Kitasoo Xai'Xais First Nations, High-school senior from British Columbia
Mercy Mason is a high-school senior at Kitasoo Community School in Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada. Mercy has participated in several programs supported by the Spirit Bear Lodge and designed to help engage youth in the community with their cultural heritage and the environment including... Read More →
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Melissa Ryan

Director of Photography, Nature Conservancy Magazine
Melissa Ryan is the director of photography for Nature Conservancy magazine, the flagship publication of the world’s leading environmental conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy. http://nature.org/magazine   Melissa works in close partnership with photographers to create & publish dynamic environmental conservation stories that reveal the connections between global natural resource use, scientific research, and the beauty & wonder of the natural world. Melissa’s goal is to elevate the authentic, unique vision of the photog... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 2:40pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

3:25pm PDT

Mustafah Abdulaziz: "Water: Building a Global Understanding"
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Mustafah Abdulaziz

American photographer working on a global project on water
b. 1986, New York City, USA. Lives in Berlin, Germany.  His on-going project Water has received support from the United Nations, WaterAid, WWF, VSCO, and Google, has been reviewed by Phaidon, Monopol and published in Der Spiegel, The New Yorker, TIME and The Guardian. Worked... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 3:25pm - 3:50pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

3:50pm PDT

Tim Matsui: "Story: From Awareness to Action"
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Tim Matsui

Director, The Long Night
Tim Matsui is an Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker focusing on human trafficking, alternative energy, and the environment. His most recent project, the award-winning documentary feature film The Long Night, tells a visceral narrative of domestic minor sex trafficking... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 3:50pm - 4:20pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

4:20pm PDT

Closing Remarks
Saturday May 6, 2017 4:20pm - 4:30pm PDT
Seattle Central Library Auditorium 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA