Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The New Emerging Visual Movement
During my recent trip to Los Angeles, I was invited to meeting at the Los Angeles Film Study Center where visual communicators from all over the world gathered. This group is called The Visual Story Network. This coalition believes the world is increasingly visual. That’s why they support a “visual movement”. The Visual Story Network believes the language of the 21st Century will communicate through the language of visual story.
I’ve worked in ministry for over 25 years. I hesitate to make broad statements, but my experiences have taught me that often people of God talk about unity and the need to work together but fail at actually putting it into practice. A friend of mine back in my hometown for years ran a nonprofit faith-based ministry where he encouraged cooperation and collaboration among diverse Christian organizations. At first, people were willing to talk and work together. It wasn’t necessarily theology that derailed such efforts, but it had more to do with ownership. As organizations would share resources and equipment, at some point, each organization wanted to have their own identity and exclusive use of resources. To put it another way, they just went out and bought their own equipment. The result was a duplication of services, a needless waste of God’s money.
These are exciting times. We now live in an age where it is possible to reach every person on this planet. The only question remaining is can we put aside our own agendas and join together in that effort. If you want to know more, please check out The Visual Story Network’s website at visualstorynetwork.org.