Immersive experiences, the future of philanthropy

(K. Brent Tomer),

“AN elephant disappears every 15 minutes,” explains Kathryn Bigelow. Around 100 are killed every day, and only 400,000 of them are left. The numbers sound grim. But nothing demonstrates the brutal reality of Africa’s poaching crisis like the sight of a mutilated corpse, robbed of its feet and tusks. That vision, and the harrowed faces of the rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Garamba National Park, are the subjects of “The Protectors” (pictured): an eight-minute virtual-reality feature that Ms Bigelow, an Oscar-winning director, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Ms Bigelow hopes that the toll of fallen elephants will be outnumbered by the tally of converted activists. People seem to be taking notice. Hillary Clinton joined her in a panel discussion about the film, and described its value as “a portal that people can go into and think about, ‘Here we are in New York, what can I do?’”

Culture has long provided a conduit for advocacy. Medieval morality plays featured characters called…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Immersive experiences, the future of philanthropy

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