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2010 archive stories

 

WORLDbytes needs sharp writers

Could you be one of the sharpest online commentators? WORLDbytes is looking for promoters to drive traffic to the news channel, twitter, blog and upload comments across the net. As you add thoughtful and feisty comments to a range of content hosting sites you will be developing much needed debate and can work from our London centre or wherever you can get online, from anywhere in the world. To get involved, email us right away.

WORLDwrite's Big night for all crews: Thursday 22nd April @ 7:30pm

A call out to all volunteers, shooters, producers, presenters, promoters, researchers and scriptwriters. Don't miss this meeting for all crews. We are now combining making news programmes for WORLDbytes with producing docs and drama for our Hidden London strand this includes our made by migrants series and the suffragettes' film project which involves everything from painting a mural, starring in a play to shooting drama. At this meeting we'll be covering the lot, pre-viewing some exciting material already shot, popping corks to celebrate successes and planning shoots. Whichever project you are involved in, or if you are new to the whole thing this is a big night and we hope to see everyone there.

Please confirm if you can make it to this all crews meeting. If you are not already involved with any of WORLDwrite's projects and would like to be email us.

WORLDwrite Volunteer Introductory evening: Wednesday 28th April @ 7:30pm

For a full list of volunteer opportunities and to attend the next new volunteer introductory evening which takes place on Thursday 11th March at 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre in East London, click here.

WORLDbytes free "Train & Shoot" opportunity: Saturday 8th to Monday 10th May

This free film training is specifically for unemployed people aged 16 to 25 years old who want to have their say about their situation and put the case for more jobs and less spin. For example young people are told they are 'guaranteed' a job or training if they are unemployed for over 6 months but one young WORLDbytes volunteer is already producing a report which reveals the jobs and training on offer are a far cry from young people's aspirations. Want to help find out more? Do you have a story to tell? Do you think we should demand more jobs? If so join WORLDbytes next three-day Train & Shoot on Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th May. Successful applicants will learn to film and shoot for a series of hard hitting reports about youth unemployment and the benefit system. The training involves long days learning camera, lighting, sound, production and hands on shooting. Priority places for this free training will be given to volunteers who are already active, so don't wait around-get stuck in and we look forward to seeing you at a volunteer introductory evening. Important: To find out more and take up this opportunity you need to complete the online application form here.

Shooting for equality crew meeting: Wednesday 3rd March 2010@ 7.30pm

Volunteers are planning a series of documentaries covering the lives of the East End suffragettes – the women who fought for and won votes for women. This exciting project may even include the production of a new play! The opportunities to get involved are endless and the research required is awesome so don't miss this first major crew meeting to get to grips with some big plans. Highlights of footage covering the suffragettes will be screened at the meeting and we'll be looking at how to massively improve upon the limited films currently available, to do justice to the suffragette story. This project is open to 16-25 year olds and new volunteers are welcome to attend this meeting but must let us know as space is an issue. Please email us if you can attend.

WORLDwrite Volunteer Introductory evening: Thursday 11th March 2010 @ 7:30pm

For a full list of volunteer opportunities and to attend the next new volunteer introductory evening more which takes place on Thursday 11th March at 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre in East London, click here.

WORLDbytes crew meeting: Thursday 18th March 2010 @ 7:30pm

Calling all volunteer crew members, don't miss the next big WORLDbytes crew meeting more on Thursday 18th March at 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre. We'll be planning the next line up of WORLDbytes programmes and preparing for a big shoot at the Pre-Election Public Summit - The Battle for Politics. Please confirm if you can make it to the crew meeting. If you are not already involved with the channel and would like to get involved please email us.

Pre-Election Public Summit - The Battle for Politics: Saturday 20th March 2010

Calling all shooters and volunteers new and old, the charity has a number of free tickets for volunteer film crews who want to help film this major event more organised by the Institute of Ideas. The charity has also secured group concessionary tickets for volunteers who would just like to attend. Full summit details are available here. If you would like to join a crew or simply attend please email us right away.

WORLDbytes free "Train & Shoot" opportunity: April 9th to 11th 2010

Some places are still available on this free film training opportunity over three intensive days during the Easter holiday period more on Friday 9th Saturday 10th Sunday 11th April 2010. The training is for 16-25s and involves long days learning camera, lighting, sound, production and hands on shooting for a special series of programmes on the suffragettes – the women who fought for and won the right to vote for women. Priority places for this free training will be given to volunteers who are already active, so don't wait around-get stuck in and we look forward to seeing you at a volunteer introductory evening. Important: To take up this opportunity you need to complete the online application form here.

WORLDbytes editing training places available from 20th April 2010

Please email us if you would like to take part in the next WORLDbytes editing course more which has places available. This starts on Tuesday 20th April for one evening a week for 5 weeks. This course is for active young volunteers only and additional input is essential between course nights as all volunteers will work to complete actual programmes.

2009 archive stories

 

WORLDbytes programme 4 Xmas Special is on now!

WORLDbytes' special Xmas programme takes it hat off to humanity and puts the boot into miserablism with debates, spoof reports and films from Brazil to Brick Lane. Watch the latest programme here.

On the programme Ethan Greenhart, author of Can I Recycle My Granny answers questions on eco-festive living for Winterval and implores us to stop celebrating yet another child being born. The fat bug sweeping the nation demands attention and scientist Joe Kaplinsky convinces us to chill out about GM foods. A top notch panel of experts on growth in the developing world provide inspiring insights and include Martin Wolf, Dr Ha-Joon Chang and Daniel Ben Ami in a report from the Battle of Ideas festival. Not to be missed items range from Frank Field MP getting a roasting for his opposition to immigration, a new tour of Brick lane with revelations on the race issue and young volunteers having their say on Baby P, Xmas spirit and more, in Don't shout at the telly. To top it off the programme stridently calls for cash with no strings not goats or ethical gifts for a shanty town in Ghana and marks the 10th anniversary of WORLDwrite's Brazil exchange with digitised highlights of its very first film: Where do people fit in?

Don't miss the New Year Gala

WORLDwrite is hosting and filming a New Year Gala performance of The Swan by renowned comedic ballet dancer Ian–Archer Watters accompanied by celebrated cellist Gabriella Swallow and pianist Anne Marshall plus East End premiere and screening of the film Flush it at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA on Tuesday 20th January 7:30pm. Tickets are free, donations on the night, but tickets are limited so it is essential you book. To book please email us and provide your full name, phone number and how many tickets you would like.

The Next Big Train and Shoot weekend

On the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January WORLDbytes will be shooting for its next round of programmes. With support from professional tutors and a crash course in camera, lighting and sound new volunteers aged 16 to 25 years are invited to take part in this unique 'on the job' training opportunity. Please email us if you would like a place.

10th Anniversary of the Brazil exchange

In 1998 WORLDwrite Brazil exchange participants made their first film. To mark the 10th anniversary the charity has digitised their work and released it in the WORLDwrite archive. Many of the lessons learned and discussion raised remain remarkably pertinent 10 years on. Click here to watch.

London Behind the Scenes new training places

WORLDwrite's unique programme of alternative on foot, on line and on film tours of the East End have started to make their mark. Following the programme's considerable success to date, the charity is now arranging further accredited training places for would be young tour guides (16-25 years). If you would like full details and a place on next year's course which takes place during the evening and weekends please email us. The St Katharine Docks trade tour is now available to book for groups and segments are available to view on film here. The Brick Lane tour examining the impact of immigration and changing nature of ideas on race can now be previewed here with well researched text and photos. A filmed version is also underway.

Exciting opportunities for the New Year

WORLDwrite and its channel WORLDbytes have an exceptional number of train and shoot opportunities arranged for the New Year. These involve short intensive film training sessions followed by actual shoots for the news channel and for a new cultural 'slot' on the WORLDbytes programme. We will be filming the Taking Liberties exhibition at the British Library; for more details of the exhibition visit the website here. We also be filming renowned male comedic ballet dancer Ian Archer Watters from New York performing the Black Swan and interviewing government spokesmen on the white paper  "No one written off" which details new conditions on welfare benefits. Would be shooters and trainees will need to attend the first New Year WORLDbytes crew meeting on the evening of Monday 5th January to discuss details, opportunities and arrangements. Please email us if you wish to attend.

Free DVDs for Schools thanks to the women who ran for Open Borders

A team of volunteers made freedom of movement the issue on the 5k women's challenge and raised an impressive £2000 from on and offline sponsorship. Thanks to their efforts WORLDwrite can now provide to the first 100 schools and educational institutions which apply a copy of the pro-immigration film The More the Merrier and accompanying booklet free of charge. A great resource for debate and discussion, the film provides a valuable historical perspective and makes a compelling case for open borders. For more details, reviews and to watch the trailer please click here. For a free copy of the film for your school please email us. To watch an interview with runners and clips from the run click here.

No more ethical shopping brochures please

In the run up to Christmas, we will no doubt be bombarded with appeals to spend a few pounds on spectacularly degrading items to help our peers in the developing world. From hoes to goats, the assumption is that people in the poorest parts of the world are not like us. Worse still it is suggested that these derisory gifts transform lives and amount to development. To put it politely we all know this to be a gigantic fib. Rather than support this "feel good" shopping nonsense WORLDwrite are asking all volunteers and friends to just hand over the cash and raise or donate £50 each to send straight to projects and individuals in Ghana with absolutely no strings attached. We hope to raise at least £5,000 by Christmas to send to the following:

Please dig deep now, take 50 raffle tickets from us to sell or come up with your own fund-raising plan. It is easy to donate to the Wofa appeal online now by clicking here. We urgently need your support.

Would you like to work with WORLDwrite?

WORLDwrite is always looking for new volunteers and the opportunities are endless. We can't pay you but we can promise a passionate team and a commitment to campaigning for North-South equality. For a full list of volunteer opportunities and details of introductory evenings click here.

Modern Movement Demonstration

Build the Third Runway at Heathrow. Join WORLDbytes volunteers to film this event and support freedom to fly for all. The protest takes place on Thursday 19th February 5:30pm at East Footway, Parliament Square, Westminster, London. Full details are available on the Modern Movement website. Email us at WORLDwrite if you can make it and join the WORLDwrite and WORLDbytes crew.

Framing Youth Work – A Human Rights Perspective

Join the crew at this conference arranged by the YMCA on Friday 20th February 10am-4:15pm at YMCA George Williams College, 199 Freemasons Road, Canning Town, London E16 3PY. WORLDwrite volunteers are keynote speakers and the charity is running a workshop which questions a 'rights' based approach to development. WORLDbytes will be filming this event. Email us right away for full details if you would like to participate.

Don't miss the next WORLDbytes crew meeting

Wednesday 25th February, 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite Centre. Calling all volunteer crew members, don't miss this meeting to review News Channel progress so far and plan out the next line up of reports and programmes. Please confirm if you can make it. If you are not already involved with the channel and would like to get involved please email us.

Don't miss the next London Behind the Scenes tour

Training places are now full for this unique project but you can still join a tour. There are some places still available on the St Katharine Docks Tour on Saturday 28th February at 10:30am. Please click here for the London Behind the Scenes pages for full details and bookings.

Don't Shout at the telly – an economy special

Calling young volunteer shooters and participants for this unique opportunity. On Sunday 8th March WORLDbytes will be filming a major 'on the sofa' discussion on the economy with writer and expert Stuart Simpson for the news channel's Don't Shout at the telly change the message on it slot. WORLDbytes are looking for great crews for this four camera shoot and for young participants willing to ask difficult questions and have their say.

Don't shout at the telly change what's on it

A one day conference with film, debate, discussion and media workshops on Development, Sustainability and the Environment.

Organised by The Great Debate and WORLDwrite the day will focus on documentary film making, the role of the media and the environment. With film screenings, including the Northern premiere of Flush it exceptional speakers and a news-making workshop, the event promises to inspire debate, interrogate untruths about climate change and ask hard questions about development. The event will be filmed and feature on the online news channel WORLDbytes. The conference takes place on Saturday 14th March and runs from 10:30am-5pm at Bedson Teaching College, Newcastle University. Tickets cost £10 but Entry is free for students and the unemployed. All places need to be booked as numbers are limited. For details and bookings visit www.thegreatdebate.org.uk.

Free 'on the job' film training

With training over an intensive three days WORLDbytes will be shooting for its next round of news reports. With support from professional tutors and a crash course in camera, lighting and sound, new volunteers aged 16 to 25 years are invited to take part in this unique 'on the job' training opportunity which takes place from Saturday 4th April to Monday 6th April. Please email us for more details if you would like to apply for a place.

Train and shoot in Bulgaria August 2009

For your diary, full details coming soon but get in touch with us to get involved in an intensive Train and Shoot week in Bulgaria in August 2009. Alongside intensive film training, we'll be shooting reports on some big issues: the EU, tourism, rural life, unemployment, gypsies, immigration and more. We'll even get a tan! Email us if you are interested in getting involved and taking part.

Cabaret without Borders!

A convivial evening of satirical artistic interventions, passionate political rhetoric and personal testimonies in opposition to the Home Office's new visa controls for visiting artists and academics and in support of freedom of movement for all. We're looking for WORLDbytes crew members interested in supporting and filming this exciting and important event. Organized by the Manifesto Club it takes place on the evening of Wednesday 3rd June at the East London Gallery, Rochelle School. For more details click here. Please email us if you want to join the crew.

Summer volunteer opportunities

This summer the opportunities at WORLDwrite are endless. We can't pay you but we can promise a passionate team and a commitment to campaigning for freedom, North-South equality and more, throughout the summer. To get involved, you will need to attend an introductory evening. For more information on these evenings, and to book a place, click here.

Panic Shoots

Don't panic behind the cameras as you film another spoof 'panic report' for the WORLDbytes channel on Saturday 13th June. Please email us for more details if you would like to apply for a place on the camera crew, to write a 'panic' script, be a reporter or join the talent pool.

Sports day against vetting

Join us in opposition to vetting on this unique sports day on Sunday 21st June in central London. The vetting of adults in the name of child protection is out of control. Those now being vetted include 16-year-olds teaching younger kids to read, parents volunteering at school, and foster carers' friends. Running an after-school club is now subject to more stringent security tests than selling explosives. The Manifesto Club is campaigning against UK legislation like the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill, which institutionalises distrust. WORLDwrite is supporting this campaign and WORLDbytes will be making a filmed report of this event as well as taking part. Please email us for more details and to join a crew and to check out the issues click here.

Shoot the feisty school students at the 'Debating Matters' Final

WORLDbytes crews are honored to be filming the successful national and international schools' debating competition, Debating Matters, live in London on Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. These are the 2008-2009 finals and take place at the Royal Society of Medicine's prestigious premises in Central London. Volunteer crews will film the inspiring debates, interview judges, teachers and visiting finalists from India for forthcoming WORLDbytes programmes. Debate topics will be wide ranging. Check out the Debating Matters website here and please email us for more details if you would like to be part of a crew on one or more of the event days.

World Population Day 2009: more to celebrate

Saturday 11th July is World Population Day and numerous 'over-population' campaigns and anti-human thinkers plan to tell us there are too many people. WORLDwrite's filmed riposte to celebrate our growing numbers needs your support. Do spread the word on facebook and anywhere you can think of. Make a stand with us on World Population Day for more of us.

The next WORLDbytes crew meeting

Calling all volunteer crew members, don't miss the next WORLDbytes meeting on Thursday 16th July, 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre. We'll be planning out the next line up of reports and programmes, forming specialist groups and arranging: shoots, research, new channel segments and more. Please confirm if you can make it. If you are not already involved with the channel and would like to get involved please email us.

Challenging discussions for volunteers

WORLDwrite is arranging a short series of discussions in preparation for sessions the charity is producing at the Battle of Ideas festival this year. These will take place at the WORLDwrite centre and are for volunteers and friends of the charity only. Careful reading of the books for each discussion is required and further reading around these books is highly recommended. Please let us know if you would like to attend.

  1. Tuesday 21st July, 7:30pm - Book Discussion: Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo. Published by Penguin Books Limited, 2009
  2. Tuesday 25th August, 7:30pm - Book Discussion: Common wealth: economics for a crowded planet by Jeffrey Sachs. Published by Penguin Press, 2008
  3. Tuesday 15th September, 7:30pm - Book Discussion: From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World by Duncan Green, Mark Fried, Amartya Sen. Published by Oxfam, 2008
  4. Tuesday 6th October, 7:30pm - Book Discussion: Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places by Paul Collier. Published by Harper Collins, 2009

 

WORLDwrite Volunteer Open Evening

WORLDwrite is always looking for new volunteers and the opportunities are endless. We can't pay you but we can promise a passionate team and a commitment to campaigning for global equality. For a full list of volunteer opportunities and to attend the next introductory evening which takes place on Wednesday 26th August at 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre in East London, click here.

Book now for the next WORLDbytes Train & Shoot Opportunity

The next WORLDbytes "train and shoot" opportunity for 16-25s runs over two intensive days on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of September 2009 in London. This "on the job" training enables volunteers to shoot footage for our news channel WORLDbytes. The September training is specifically designed for volunteers able and willing to work as the TV crew at the prestigious Battle of Ideas festival taking place in London on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November. The training involves long days learning camera, lighting, sound, production and hands on shooting. This is an expensive project for the charity as we pay for volunteer's tickets for the Battle of Ideas, for professional tutors and for all food and refreshments. You should ONLY apply for this opportunity if you can definitely attend the Battle of Ideas on both days to help film over 80 major debates. You do not need any existing skills but you do need to want to create programmes which challenge ideas.

To take up this opportunity you need to complete the online application form here.

Note: You will also need to attend a volunteer introduction evening at our centre in Hackney, East London to find out more about WORLDwrite and the WORLDbytes project. We will inform you of the next meeting when we receive your application.

Happy Birthday WORLDbytes!

Yes, it's the first anniversary of our alternative news channel. Over 80 programmes have been made by young volunteers learning to shoot 'on the job'. Viewers have selected their top twenty favourites from the past year for this month's line up. These include exclusives on vetting, spoon crime, eating grass, binge drinking and healthy living, aliens on ethical consumerism, debating matters students on presumed consent, the crisis demystified, why we should chill out about waste, celebrating population growth, challenging immigration laws, the abortion debate, beating austerity, low pay, workers fighting for a better deal, bed nets, G20 protestors, the role of the USA today, Gaza and more besides. Check out the line up and do send us a birthday card! The best birthday present you could give the charity is to fill in a 'become a friend' form and help keep us going. For more details click here.

WORLDwrite at the Battle of Ideas

WORLDwrite are producing two sessions at this year's Battle of Ideas festival, one on ethical consumerism and one on Africa, aid and the effects of the recession. On Tuesday 25th August at 7:30pm WORLDwrite is holding a preparatory discussion on the following books Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo and Common wealth: economics for a crowded planet by Jeffrey Sachs. This is not a public discussion but for active volunteers who are or want to get involved in this year's Battle of Ideas with WORLDwrite. Careful reading of the books is required - and further reading around these books is highly recommended. Space is limited so please email us to confirm if you definitely wish to attend.

WORLDwrite Volunteer Introductory evening

WORLDwrite is always looking for new volunteers and the opportunities are endless. We can't pay you but we can promise a passionate team and a commitment to campaigning for global equality. For a full list of volunteer opportunities and to attend the next introductory evening which takes place on Wednesday 7th October at 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre in East London, click here.

WORLDbytes Anniversary Crew Meeting

Calling all volunteer crew members, don't miss the next big WORLDbytes crew meeting on Tuesday 1st September 7:30pm at the WORLDwrite centre. We'll be celebrating the past year, previewing programmes, planning out the next line up of reports, forming specialist groups and arranging: shoots, research, new channel segments and more. Please confirm if you can make it. If you are not already involved with the channel and would like to get involved please email us.

The next WORLDbytes "train and shoot" opportunity

We have just completed an intensive train and shoot programme with a very inspiring team of young volunteers who shot material for at least ten programmes including some hilarious spoofs. The next training opportunity for 16-25s runs over two intensive days on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of September 2009 in London. The September training is specifically designed for volunteers able and willing to work as the TV crews at the prestigious Battle of Ideas festival taking place in London on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November. The training involves long days learning camera, lighting, sound, production and hands on shooting. This is an expensive project for the charity as we pay for volunteer's tickets for the Battle of Ideas, for professional tutors and for all food and refreshments. You should ONLY apply for this opportunity if you can definitely attend the Battle of Ideas on both days to help film over 80 major debates. You do not need any existing skills but you do need to want to create programmes which question ideas. To take up this opportunity please complete the online application form here.

WORLDbytes needs sharp writers

Could you be one of the sharpest online commentators? WORLDbytes is looking for promoters to drive traffic to the news channel, twitter, blog and upload comments across the net. As you add thoughtful and feisty comments to a range of content hosting sites you will be developing much needed debate and can work from our London centre or wherever you can get online, from anywhere in the world. To get involved, email us right away.

Join a crew for the Battle of Ideas Festival 09

The Battle of Ideas takes place on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November this year and the charity will fund tickets for volunteers who wish to assist as camera crews and run a WORLDwrite stall. Please email us ASAP if you would like to join the team for this inspiring event and we will register you and book your ticket.

2008 archive stories

 

Wednesday 28th May, 7pm: Emerging Economies Forum

This forum is a must for volunteers wanting to get stuck into some serious reading and discussion in the run up to this year's Battle of Ideas. China is the theme for this next forum. For venue, full details, reading lists and to register click here.

Thursday 29th May, 7pm: WORLDbytes News Channel Crew meeting

Get in touch for details if you would like to help create an alternative online news channel. This project crew are now at the programme planning stage and have an amazing plan, from hard-hitting features such as challenging China bashing to hilarious segments including an "alien correspondents" desk. The opportunities are truly endless on this project, from shooting to planning, presenting to writing, researching to set design, music to admin, web design to comedy; you name it, you can do it...

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June: Film Training

WORLDwrite is organising on the job film training for active volunteers. Professional tutors will assist volunteers to grasp the basics on camera, lighting and sound, ensuring we capture the extra footage needed for the charity's latest film "Flush it". This watery film puts aspirations for amazing bathrooms in the developing world on the map. To put it in context there are a lot of watery scenes, loos and more to shoot, so this is a working filmmaking weekend. Let us know by email if you would like to take part.

Monday 2nd June, 7pm: The More the Merrier screening

The Belfast Salon are premiering WORLDwrite's pro-immigration documentary The More the Merrier at the Black Box café, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast. Door: £4 (unwaged £2) WORLDwrite representatives will attend the event to respond to questions and engage in what promises to be a lively discussion. For more information and to book a seat contact: Pauline Hadaway paulinehadaway@belfastexposed.org or Siobhan O'Dwyer ssiobhano@aol.com.

Tuesday 3rd June, 7pm: Belfast Exposed Panel Discussion

Belfast Exposed have arranged a public consultation and panel discussion on visits from overseas artists and cultural workers Black Box Cafe, 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast. According to new rules published in February 2008, non EU artists and cultural workers will only be allowed entry to the UK if they can prove that they enjoy recognition as artists in their country of origin and have been 'able to maintain and accommodate themselves for at least 12 months solely through their arts practice'. Do the rules mean that only high status artists need apply? As UK Border Agency regulations become more and more restrictive, Belfast Exposed Photography would like to consult with the arts sector and wider public to help build a robust and assertive policy in support of international exchanges and visits from overseas artists and cultural workers.

Speakers include:

For more information and to book a seat contact Pauline Hadaway at paulinehadaway@belfastexposed.org

Friday 6th June, 7pm: Telling a Visual Story-Free seminar

WORLDwrite has arranged a special seminar for active volunteers who want to help shoot, edit and promote the charity's films. Many problems for film makers become evident at the edit stage, it is often said that if you don't know what's required to edit a film you'll never shoot one effectively. Lecturer Catalin Brylia filmmaker, editor and head of post production at the London Academy of Film will present this free seminar which will cover: different editing techniques and how space and time can be manipulated in relation to character and plot development; establishing different point-of-views (personal - neutral - authorial) and strategies to create character empathy. All topics will be illustrated through a variety of documentary clips. The seminar will take place at the WORLDwrite Centre in Hackney, East London. Places are limited so please book your seat now by emailing us.

Sunday 8th June, Stokefest

WORLDwrite will be making its mark at Stokefest, in Hackney's Clissold Park. A great way to get the word out on global equality, with funky stalls and huge banners in the sunshine. Every year this great lark in the park raises badly needed funds and all proceeds this year will go to the Old Fadama Community in Ghana in support of the Wofa Wants appeal. Volunteers man stalls, shake tins and offload fun items for just 2 hours on a rota. Email if you can help out here.

Saturday 14th June: The More the Merrier Screening at the Riverfront Arts Centre

Refuge in Films has been invited to screen selected films at the launch of Refuge Week Wales: The More the Merrier (2008), Be Roma or Die Tryin' (2005) and A Road in My Life (2007) - plus films produced on a film challenge assisted by WORLDwrite - will screen at the Riverfront Arts Centre, Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport South Wales. Click here for the press release.

Tuesday 17th June, 7pm: Candid Projection Room to screen Damned by Debt Relief

Candid Projection Room hosts a regular film and video night for emerging artists to present and discuss their work. WORLDwrite are delighted that Damned by Debt Relief has been selected for screening on for 7.15pm start at the Candid Arts Cafe, 3 Torrens St (directly behind Angel Tube) Islington London N1 £2 entry. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers, friends and the public to view this critical film. Shot in Ghana the film questions the impact of the West's supposed largesse and suggests the draconian strings and conditionality attached to debt relief have done developing countries few favours. For more details on the film, trailer, reviews and FAQs visit the Damned by Debt Relief website.

Sunday 22nd June, 2pm: The More the Merrier screening at the BFI

WORLDwrite volunteers are delighted that their short pro-immigration documentary has been selected to headline a programme of films singled out as Powerful Refuge Films for screening at the BFI studio for the Refuge in Films 2008 Festival programme. The lineup includes My friend Nasir, Be Roma or Die Tryin' and A Road in My Life. The full festival programme can be downloaded here.

Saturday 28th June, 6pm: The Battle for Progress

What does 'progress' mean in the 21st century? Should countries like China and India be prevented from developing if that means more pollution, or is this 'eco-imperialism'? Is there a danger of romanticising southern poverty from the comfort of our modern cities? Must development mean Westernisation, or is it possible to overcome poverty while preserving unique cultures? Join WORLDwrite and the Battle of Ideas for this great debate at The Lift, Southbank Centre Square, London, 6-7.30pm. Tickets £5. For more information and booking click here.

Tuesday 1st July: Sound Training Day

WORLDwrite has arranged this special day for active volunteers to ensure we get great sound for our films and do justice to our message. Email us if you would like to take part.

Tuesday 8th July: Rich Mix special evening

Rich Mix Cinema has arranged a special free evening for the public and volunteers old and new to learn more about WORLDwrite's work. The evening will include a Q&A session with Director Ceri Dingle, film clips from WORLDwrite's documentaries and discussion on film as one way to change the world and shape ideas. A scintillating overview of WORLDwrite's work - past and present - will be provided as well as a unique opportunity for everyone interested to sign up and get involved in the charity's latest film-based projects. For more information click here. To book a place please email us.

Saturday 12th July: The Battle for China conference

Barely out of the news this year, China is getting an over-the-top bashing. WORLDwrite is supporting a one day Battle of Ideas satellite conference as part of the CHINA NOW festival and has funded a number of tickets for volunteers who want to attend and document this important event. If you can help out & would like a free ticket email us now. For other volunteers we do have a number of discount tickets available on a first come first served basis. For full details and tickets for the public click here.

From Tuesday 15th to Thursday 17th July: Evening Editing Classes

The Charity has reams of footage waiting on the side lines to be made into hard hitting short pieces for the web and beyond. If post-production takes your fancy then come and have a go on WORLDwrite's professional AVID editing suites and help turn the footage into films that can challenge the status quo. This opportunity is for active volunteers. Please email us for a place.

Saturday 19th July, 1pm: Try out a tour

London Behind the Scenes, WORLDwrite's pioneering programme of online, on foot and on film tours now has two thoroughly researched alternative tours ready to roll. One is based in Brick Lane and critically examines the role and impact of immigration and changing attitudes to race. The other kicks off at St Katharine Docks and tells the truth about trade. Exams loom for a small crew of WORLDwrite tour guide trainees who hope to be the first accredited guides on these revealing routes. To make the most of their first efforts WORLDwrite is looking for volunteers to be their guinea pig tourists for their final pre-exam rehearsal. If you are free on Saturday 19th July at 1pm to meet outside the Vibe Bar on Brick Lane, London, E1, then please come. These are tours you'll enjoy and this rehearsal will be filmed for the web. For more details on the project check out the London Behind the Scenes website and email us if you can make it as a guest on this first test tour.

Wednesday 30th July, 7:30pm: Introductory Evening for New Volunteers

If you would like to find out what you can do with WORLDwrite then come along to an introductory evening to get to know our projects and get involved. For more details and to book a place click here.

Thursday 31st July, 7pm: WORLDbytes News Channel crew meeting

WORLDwrite's news channel, due to be launched in August, has just won serious grant support from the City Parochial Foundation. The volunteer crew - who have been planning a feisty lineup of programmes and learning on the job - are thrilled! The project still needs more funds but this means we are half way there! WORLDwrite's volunteer studio in East London is about to become the news studio and this week full-on sound proofing and a new blue screen wall went up for those awesome montages. The WORLDbytes crew are always looking for more volunteers, from presenters to musicians, promoters to writers, researchers to camera crew and top notch administrators. The opportunities are endless, so get in touch if you would like to get stuck in and can make it to this crew meeting. See below for "on the job" film training opportunities.

Sunday 3rd August, 2pm: Emerging Economies Forum

This is the next date for those wanting to get stuck into some serious reading and discussion in the run up to this year's Battle of Ideas. John Pender, who has published articles on World Bank development policy, will introduce the Commission on Growth and Development Report for this next forum. For venue details, more information, reading lists and to register please click here.

Thursday 7th August, 7pm: Practical promotion workshop

The charity has arranged a practical workshop on marketing and promotion for the London Behind the Scenes programme of online, on foot and on film tours. This workshop will take place at the WORLDwrite centre and is open to all who wish to assist and work on this programme. Please email to book a place.

Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August: WORLDbytes Train and Shoot

This four day "on the job" film training opportunity is for new and active volunteers keen to learn the skills while shooting for news programmes. It's going to involve full-on shooting for more than one segment of WORLDwrite's planned news channel, from funny political sketches to serious links and interviews. Professional tutors will guide us through. Newcomers to the project who wish to take up a training place need to be aged 16 to 25 years and attend a volunteer open evening and WORLDbytes News Channel crew meeting. The training will take place in the new volunteer news studio at the WORLDwrite centre in London, E5. Email us if you would like a place.

Wednesday 27th to Friday 29th August: Promoting the WORLDbytes Channel and website

Calling all volunteers and friends old and new: can you help us tell the world the first WORLDbytes programme is going live? There's loads to do at our London studio if you have a few hours, or you can help out from home, college or wherever you are based across the globe. Get in touch if you can help and do pass on this link: www.worldbytes.org.

Thursday 28th August, 11am to 4pm: Shoot at the WORLDwrite Centre

Volunteer shooters get in touch if you want to work on a London Behind the Scenes blue screen studio shoot on trade and the docks.

Tuesday 2nd September, 11am onwards: London Behind the Scenes tour route shoot

Volunteer shooters get in touch if you want to try your hand at filming WORLDwrite's alternative tour.

Thursday 4th September, 12-9pm: Women's run preparation

Arty volunteers needed to help make the big banners calling for Open Borders - Freedom of Movement for All to fly in Hyde Park.

Friday 5th September, 6pm onwards: WORLDbytes BBQ and celebration launch party

Don't miss the WORLDbytes barbecue and celebration launch party at the WORLDwrite Centre with a big screen showing of the first news programme. All volunteers and friends welcome, but please let us know if you can make it and bring your preferred beverage.

Saturday 6th September, 6pm: WORLDwrite benefit and film screening at The Chapel Project

This promises to be a great night out. It will take place at Nunhead Grove, London, SE15 3LY. Entry is £5. For directions click here.

Sunday 7th September, 3pm onwards: Hyde Park Picnic

Join the picnic in Hyde Park to celebrate the WORLDwrite team running for Freedom of Movement for All, cheer them on, film them for WORLDbytes and get your The More the Merrier – Open the Borders T-shirt to wear for the cameras and get the message out.

Tuesday 9th September, 7:30pm: News Channel Crew Meeting

All volunteers old and new working on the WORLDbytes project, don't miss this crew meeting to review the first programme and plan shoots, consider scripts, web development and more. Let us know if you can make it - we may need a bigger space!

Sunday 14th September, 2pm: Emerging Economies Forum

This is the next date for those wanting to get stuck into some serious reading and discussion in the run up to this year's Battle of Ideas. Patrick Hayes, Henley Business School MBA candidate and Promotions Manager of the Battle of Ideas will introduce "Can India compete with China as an economic superpower?" For venue details, more information, reading lists and to register please click here.

Friday 26th September, 6pm-10pm: Don't shout at the telly - tell the world

This segment of the WORLDbytes programme takes a critical look behind the headlines. Young volunteers prepare their thoughts on articles and join Lilana Keith on the sofa to raise views on issues that need airing and ideas that need challenging. If you would like to be on the sofa or behind the camera please get in touch.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September, 10am-9pm: On the job shoot and train for the news channel

This two-day "on the job" film training opportunity is for new and active volunteers keen to learn the skills while shooting for news programmes. It's going to involve full-on shooting of more than one segment for WORLDbytes programmes, from funny political sketches to serious links and interviews. Professional tutors will guide us through. Newcomers to the project who wish to take up a training place need to be aged 16 to 25 years and must attend a volunteer open evening and WORLDbytes News Channel crew meeting. The training will take place in the volunteer news studio at the WORLDwrite centre in London, E5. Email us if you would like a place.

Tuesday 30th September, 7:30pm: New Volunteer Night

If you would like to find out what you can do with WORLDwrite then come along to an introductory evening to get to know our projects and get involved. For more details and to book a place click here.

Wednesday 1st October, 7:30pm: New volunteer night

If you would like to find out what you can do with WORLDwrite then come along to an introductory evening to get to know our projects and get involved. For more details and to book a place click here.

Friday 3rd October, 7pm: WORLDbytes second programme launch

With a feature challenging "China bashing", an alien report on travel and surprising exclusives, this date needs to go in your diary.

Saturday 18th October, 1pm: Book yourself onto an alternative trade tour in London's East End

London Behind the Scenes, WORLDwrite's pioneering programme of online, on foot and on film tours now has thoroughly researched accredited alternative tours ready to roll. This tour kicks off outside the pretty marina which is St Katharine Docks and tells the truth about trade. These tours promise to surprise, delight and inform. For more details on the project, the route and for tour bookings, please visit the London Behind the Scenes website.

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November: The Battle of Ideas 2008 - Big date and shoot

The WORLDbytes news channel is planning to film all the sessions possible at this year's Battle of Ideas. To do it justice WORLDwrite are funding tickets for young volunteers who can help shoot and want to "learn on the job". Let us know now if this is for you and we'll book your ticket. Find out more and book public tickets here.