September 25-27, 2014 - Seattle, Washington

Join an innovative community of photographers, change-makers and communications professionals for two days of inspiration and discussion on the collaborative future of storytelling.

Collaborations for Cause is a two-day event that brings together cutting-edge content producers and front-line organizations for an exploration of how to harness the power of the evolving media landscape. Presented by Blue Earth, the third annual conference builds upon the organization's 18-year history of facilitating issue-driven visual storytelling. From a mix of in-depth case studies, insightful panel discussions, and "unconference" break-out sessions, participants will leave inspired with fresh approaches, an expanded network of contacts and new resolve to build lasting positive change.

Highlights from this year's program include:

  • Photographer Aaron Huey, whose community-centered coverage of the Pine Ridge Reservation became a National Geographic cover story. Aaron will show how he's been able to leverage that exposure through social media and other channels to advocate for change.
  • A special working screening of "The Long Night," an unreleased documentary by Tim Matsui and MediaStorm. Set in Seattle, the feature film gives voice to the crisis of minors forced into the American sex trade.
  • A panel of journalists and scientists that will examine how they helped the issue of ocean acidification go from a scientific anomaly to front page news and legislative action.
  • Everyday Africa co-founder Peter DiCampo who will discuss how he found Instagram to be the perfect tool for breaking down media stereotypes.

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 Cost

$295 · 30% discount for students with ID

Registration includes all Friday and Saturday sessions and a special opening reception on Thursday night. Please contact us with any questions.