I live in Johannesburg, South Africa. It's just over a year now since I came up with the idea of Hillside Digital. I'm registering it as a Trust and happy to inform you that we are in the final stages of securing funding and endorsement from two of the world's biggest brands. I begin recruiting the six candidates next week and we'll begin training shortly. Our aim is to complete the pilot program in time for the build up to the soccer world cup. During the competition our first production team, of citizen journalists of the Alexandra Township, will begin broadcasting their own stories; community news, surveys, issues pertinent to the community, citizen investigations into abuses of their human rights and highlighting the hurdles in their way out of poverty. The team will also produce video snacks of football inspired stories and its impact on the community. We're hoping to work with the world's best journalists during this time to coach and inspire the first Hillside Digital community production unit.
The concept is built on using digital video, the Internet and new media to unite the human race through voice, empowerment and development.