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RISE WITH US

ABOUT US

Media Rise is a global nonprofit alliance that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.


We believe in the power of positive storytelling, media, art and design to make the world a better place.

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OUR MISSION

Feel

We empower people to create and consume meaningful media that promotes universal human values, such as compassion, empathy and respect.

Connect

We encourage collaboration between
cause-driven creatives, media professionals, educators, government and nonprofit leaders to amplify their collective impact.

Inspire

We celebrate success stories of how storytellers have unleashed the power of
media to accelerate
social change.

WHAT WE DO

We have convened 3,000+ participants through 60+ events in four countries (U.S., U.K., India & Singapore) through media festivals, film screenings, networking lounges, competitions, panel discussions, and other community-driven workshops and events.

These include:

MEDIA RISE FESTIVALS

This week-long media festival held in the Washington D.C. includes:

-The Forum for cross-sector panel discussions on best practices

-Pitch Night to support innovative media projects for social good

-48-hour video challenge connecting causes with filmmakers

-Film screenings and discussions

-Networking lounges

-Interactive community-led workshops​

YOUTH MEDIA RISE

Day-long festivals including interactive hands-on workshops for

educators and youth on critical media literacy and digital storytelling

EARLY RISE EVENTS

Half-day events with 2-3 keynote speakers

to encourage focused conversations and collaborations 

among scholars, activists, artists, and community members

PARTICIPANTS

We have engaged with over 3,000+ participants, who come from various sectors such as education, government, nonprofits, and industry. We also have a large online community to keep in touch. 

PAST SPEAKERS

We have worked with more than 200 speakers from various organizations. Here are a few of them.

TESTIMONIALS

IMPACT


Our 100% volunteer-driven initiative has raised $30,000+ more in-kind support, awarded more than $8,000 in cash prizes to community projects using media for social good and helped create 13 short films to support small nonprofits. 

CO-FOUNDERS

Erica Schlaikjer

Creative Director

Erica Schlaikjer leads creative strategy, branding and marketing for Media Rise. She is a writer,
editor and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology,
design and social change.

Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian

Executive Director

Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian guides the overall strategic vision for Media Rise. She is a media psychologist who is interested in media for social good for enhancing cultural diversity, prejudice reduction, and media literacy.

Mandar Apte

Partnerships Director

Mandar Apte helps build strategic alliances for Media Rise worldwide. He is the winner of the inaugural Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs. He has been an invited speaker at TEDx, Knowledge@Wharton and Aspen Ideas Festival.

SPONSORS & COLLABORATORS 

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