Together we build a lively, dynamic interactive platform of creative expressions for positive change
Voice4Thought was born out of Connecting in Times of Duress, a research project that started in 2012. At that time, West and Central Africa were undergoing many social and political transformations. In Senegal Y’en a marre, a youth movement driven by hip hop artists, united Senegalese citizens to oust their president and demand rights for its citizens. Mali and Niger had Tuareg rebellions. The Central African Republic was plagued by a civil war. There was an arrest of an opposition leader in Chad for the alleged coup plot. Within these societies, youth voices sprang up to protest. At the same time, art and social media became dominant tools for self-expression. We understood these not as a coincidence, but as a conjuncture in history where digital communication and youth culture could create a platform for ‘voices’ or people to be heard. But it was not only the youth who found their voice; many other people took part in this process. They interacted with the researchers of our projects, creating mutual discoveries of reflections, ideas and information. These moulded into research reports, and exchange of information and knowledge. As a result, the notion of co-creation was established, and led to new forms of expression for these voices: biographies in contexts, blogs, video pamphlets and biographic video-accounts. These are the tools through which a ‘voice’ makes us discover new points of view and rethink our world.
Voice4Thought is a not for profit foundation that offers a platform where different voices around the world can participate in building an inclusive debate and critical knowledge on social, political and economic issues of our time. Most of these voices are actors in longstanding, on-going and often unheard social and political processes of change in their countries of origin and across borders. We believe in the power of storytelling in multiple ways. Therefore, we provide them with a digital and on-the-ground space to tell their stories through academic, artistic, and journalistic expressions, workshops and outlets.
We seek to bring academia to the streets and the streets to academia: we believe in knowledge as the result of a co-creative process in which we seek for new connections and opportunities to learn in order to enable dialogue between academia, decision-makers and civil society in and outside of Europe. The reciprocal process is at the core of our aim to develop new methodologies. The power of diverse voices (V) and ways of thinking (T) helps us to rethink our world from a critical perspective. Together we can set up new and innovative ways of creating and sharing knowledge. And together we create an inspiring knowledge community of engaged people.
What we do
Voice4Thought works with a digital platform but is equally engaged in on-the-ground projects and events. We organize our own festival and participate in other festivals, host a platform for blogging worldwide and organize workshops, debates and cultural events. Next to this, we have a peer-reviewed and academically recognized online publication ‘Bridging Humanities’.
In our work we focus on the use and integration of different media and sources: text, video, photography, audio, cartoons and multimedia. As we seek for more possibilities of digital communication we integrate theses sources and ICTs as tools for our projects and at the same time consider them as central part of academic work as well as a crucial part of the definitions of new methodologies. We embrace the possibilities opened by new technologies and the role of the digital.
We invite people to join our organization with their own projects to collaborate in our networks.
ANBI status & KvK
Foundation Voice4Thought (V4T) has been recognised by the Dutch Tax Department as a public benefit organization. It has been granted a ANBI status (Algemeen nut beogende instelling). The RSIN fiscal number of the foundation is 856321382.
Voice4Thought is registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce/Kamer van Koophandel (KvK 65930029).
Mirjam de Bruijn
Marieke van Winden
Susan van Esch
Board of advisors
Foundation Voice4Thought does not remunerate board members.