#SheTransformsTech

Abram Katz
Posted April 28, 2020 from United States

Technology has transformed my life in profound ways, but more importantly, the 1000+ young people I have worked with over the past 15 years (many of whom were young women suffering from depression, drug abuse, eating disorders, and suicidal ideation). Together, we composed digital music, created digital stories, broadcast spoken word events and created short films; All with the intention of sharing the youth voice and perspective with our communities.

Research and pre-production efforts have been redirected online for our upcoming documentary film, "The Gentle Man,” as a result of the ‘shelter-in-place orders in most countries right now.

www.gentleman-film.com

www.facebook.com/gentlemanfilm

I am hoping to connect with several women leaders on this platform to collaborate with and help further the mission of this violence-prevention film. I’m so grateful to have access to these online platforms. The future of technology and how we interact with it will not only determine the trajectory and scope of this film, but the level of global unity we choose to create together. I’m truly humbled by the process.  

Retention of participants has been the greatest challenge so far in this film. Six out of six young teen males who were initially excited about the project, withdrew at the urging of their family and friends. They all said something similar to: “I realized I just don’t have time for this in my busy schedule.” After conferring with their teachers, I was assured that their resistance was entirely due to fear of what they referred to as “social suicide.” These teens didn’t want to be the one group of men who spoke their truths and were consequently ridiculed and ostracized for it; This fear seems to be at the core of what perpetuates violence towards women – our socialized silence about it.

Technology has enabled us to open this topic back up for discussion here on World Pulse and the global network so EVERYONE can contribute their thoughts and feelings to this important project. While most people are stuck at home, what a better time than now to self-reflect and build a better, more equitable world? The digital realm also provides a buffer that protects peoples’ identities for those who choose.

To contribute your answers to the questions below, please email: [email protected]

 

 * 8 SURVEY QUESTIONS FOR ALL PEOPLE FROM ALL DEMOGRAPHICS *

- How would you define a gentleman? What does the phrase 'be a man' mean? Have you ever felt that you don’t belong? Do you feel like you live up to your family’s (or guardian’s) expectations of you? Have you ever been out-of-control angry? If so, did you feel that you had the tools to deal with it? When is it okay to be violent towards someone else? How much of a role do you think society plays in how men define themselves? Why do you think people avoid talking about things like this?

 

This article is my application to [Become a Featured Storyteller and/or Changemaker] in support of World Pulse’s #SheTransformsTech Digital Campaign. 

~ Abram R. Katz 

This story was submitted in response to Become a Featured Changemaker.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 29
Apr 29

Hi Abram,

Thanks for sharing your update. What sort of collaborators are you looking for? What demographic, skillset, etc.? That's so sad that all the young men that were initially excited in your project withdrew, but perhaps you will find others that feel stronger about the cause and that it becomes a better fit for everyone.

Abram Katz
Apr 30
Apr 30

I am currently looking for people to help me source global participants for the film. We are currently in the development and pre-production stage. I'd still like to travel around the world and capture live footage of facilitated dialogues with young men, but if we have to start by recording Zoom chats, I'll need someone at each location (each country) to help with the tech side of things, as well as someone to help organize the meetup. I would be doing a lot of that onsite if I was able to travel...

Jill Langhus
May 01
May 01

Oh, okay. It sounds like you need a production coordinator to me. Have you tried posting for this type of position on any of the resource sites, like idealist.org? You can try posting on the World Pulse "resources" page to see if you get any results: https://www.worldpulse.com/my-pulse/resources. It's great that Adanna is helping you, too. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your project.

Abram Katz
May 13
May 13

It's true. That's a great suggestion. I may try Indeed.com as well.

Jill Langhus
May 15
May 15

Good luck!

Chi8629
Apr 29
Apr 29

Thank you for sharing .

Adanna
Apr 30
Apr 30

Dear Abram,
Thank you for sharing and well done for the amazing work you are doing.
I have shared your questions on InspireIT Twitter and Facebook social media handles so as to encourage people to participate.

If there is any other way I can be of help, please let me know.

Adanna

Abram Katz
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thank you so much for your active participation with this. Please see my comment addressed to Jill's question above. I'd love to have more people on the team moving things forward as the project morphs due to potential set backs caused by the global response to COVID-19.

Adanna
May 01
May 01

I will be glad to be of help. We can continue the discussions via email.
Email: [email protected]

Anita Shrestha
Apr 30
Apr 30

Thank you for sharing

Thelma obani 2020
May 03
May 03

Thanks for sharing. Keep us informed always

Laetitia Shindano
May 05
May 05

Merci pour ce partage concernant votre travail. J'espère que vous allez réaliser votre projet pour l'intérêt de tous.
Laetitia

Saum Idd
May 09
May 09

Hello Abram,
It's nice reading what you're doing and I'm interested in helping out. I'm a filmmaker from Kenya, and I also work with young boys and girls in my social enterprise. We can talk more over my email [email protected]

Abram Katz
May 09
May 09

Hi Saum Idd, emailing you now.

Abram Katz
May 13
May 13

Hi Saum Idd, I sent an email last week. Did you receive it?