Collaborations For Cause

April 26-27, 2013 - Portland, OR


Collaborations for Cause brings together photographers, NGOs, activists and communications professionals to discuss the collaborative future of storytelling. Presented by Blue Earth and Ecotrust, our second annual conference builds on Blue Earth's mission to support photography that makes a difference through a combination of in-depth presentations and panel discussions, insightful case studies, and a full day of breakout sessions.

On Friday, award-winning visual storytellers and communications strategists will share groundbreaking examples and examine the new media landscape, practical considerations for effective collaborations, and the ethical complexity of cause-driven storytelling. A keynote by photojournalist Ed Kashi on the intersections of social media, visual reporting and media partnerships will round out the first day. Saturday will be dedicated to small group, constructive conversations diving deeper into these and other topics using a participatory Open Space, or "unconference," model.

Photo © Matt Black

Who Should Attend

  • Nonprofit program, marketing and communications staff
  • Directors and account supervisors at public relations firms
  • Communications and education staff at government agencies and universities
  • Program directors, exhibit designers, and curators at institutions (museums, aquariums, etc.)
  • Photographers
  • Filmmakers and producers
  • Graphic and sound designers
  • Concerned citizens, activists and change-makers

Program Costs

Early Bird Registration, By April 12 - $250
Full Fare Registration, After April 12 - $325


Early bird discount extended one week - register by April 12th to save $75!

Seating at the conference will be limited to ensure attendees have ample opportunities for participation and networking.

Conference registration includes all Friday and Saturday sessions plus the Friday evening keynote. Lunch will be provided both days. Please contact us with any questions about Collaborations for Cause.

Collaborations For Cause 2013



Collaborations For Cause, April 26-27th



Conference Partner:


Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental wellbeing. Their goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.



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