Future Rising Fellows attending workshops
Since the launch of our Future Rising Fellowship in August 2021, we have been holding regular storytelling workshops for the Fellows during which they can explore ideas with seasoned professionals and sharpen their skills. The first few workshops were focused on the basics of story structure development and pre-production. In September, the Fellows met with our contact at PBS Foreign to discuss the art of interviewing; and in October, an Emmy award-winning filmmaker joined the Fellows to share her process of developing a story structure. Three additional workshops are scheduled for the rest of the year, including a discussion with a Lecturer from Berkeley School of Journalism on reporting and journalism ethics, along with a Framing and Filming 101 session with the Director of Queen Sugar.
The Fellowship has also provided the Fellows with various opportunities to speak on global panels about the intersection of gender equity and climate change. One of the Future Rising Fellows joined the Chief Architect of the Paris Agreement and First Minister of Scotland at COP26 for the 43rd Macaulay Lecture, the oldest annual televised public lecture in Scotland. The Macaulay lecture was just one of our Fellows' stops on a tour of speaking engagements as part of the COP26 that also included a meeting with Chile’s Environment Minister. The full lecture is available here.
We were honored to join Goals House as part of UN General Assembly Week in October for a lively discussion on how educating girls is one of the most powerful tools in addressing global climate change and its unprecedented effects. The panel featured Girl Rising CEO, our Future Rising Fellow, and Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution as well as UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director, and focused on the transformative environmental impact of educating women and girls. Later that week, two of our Future Rising Fellows joined Jane Goodall and other youth climate activists to discuss the vital importance of planting trees.
All 12 Fellows are now working on their narrative projects, focused on the intersection of gender equity and climate change. These projects are multimedia – ranging from films, graphic novels, photo essays, long-form articles, digital illustrations, and podcasts. The distribution channels for these projects will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
The Future Rising team also worked on producing Girl Rising’sSecond Annual International Day of the Girl Summit in October. The three-day globe-spanning virtual event celebrated the power and potential of girls to transform communities, nations, and our world. The Summit featured young activists, speakers, celebrity guests, performers, and live interactive workshops. You can watch highlights of the Summit on our YouTube channel.
Lastly, the Future Rising team is currently laying the groundwork on the Hub – our interactive digital storytelling platform. The content on the Hub will amplify the stories shared through the Fellows’ projects and also provide qualitative data that Girl Rising will use to advocate for the inclusion of girls’ education in climate action plans at both community and government levels.
Julieta Martinez, Future Rising Fellow at COP26
Highlights from 2021 IDG Summit