Communication with participants

In plain English:  

1) We promise to use your image and your voice in a thoughtful and careful way to protect and promote Bonnet House.  

2)   Bonnet House will be given the raw video to train future generations of volunteers. 

3)   If you don’t like how you look or sound, we will not use those photos or videos.  We will arrange for a re-shoot.


It is important to address the concerns of participants and supporters of the charity.


Voices of Volunteers

Thank you for gathering here on Las Olas today to participate in a new, ever-evolving project.  

The idea for Voice of Volunteers came when a speaker was being selected for today's gathering.  What are some of the core purposes of the Bonnet House Alliance? 

a)  To protect Bonnet House
b)  To promote Bonnet House and educate the future generations who will pass by and (we hope) enter this remarkable home and piece of our local history.

The most important part of the Bonnet House Alliance is each of you, the individual members.  Whatever brought you to be in this room, what can we do to replicate that process so that 100 and 1000 years from now, there will be future meetings of Bonnet House Alliance?


Let's look at what happens  when you share your story about being a volunteer.  

We plan on interviewing the grandson of one of the volunteers, who is also a volunteer.  That's the purpose of this project -- to show how each of your came to be here.  Your stories can inspire people that you have not met to become volunteers.


This project is done in special memory of three people who can't share their voices with this project.



To close, let's reflect on why we call this project "Voices of Volunteers."  We could have called it Memories of Members, but memories are easily shared with photos and written words.  Research shows that the printed word carries only about 7 percent of the ambiguous content of a message and photos or videos without sound might give away another ten percent about what is happening inside a person.  More than 80 percent of a person's feelings and thoughts are conveyed through the voice.  Our joy, brightness and confidence or tremors and trepidation are carried in our voices.  Silent movies might have given millions a new form of entertainment a hundred years ago, but it was the advent of the talkies that really opened up the power of motion pictures.

Ultimately, it is our voices that carry most of our messages.  For that reason, if you do not wish to have your image on camera, we encourage you to allow us to include you in the audio portion of voices of volunteers.  When we interview you, you can ask for the camera to be pointed at a wall or out the window while you share why you became a volunteer and what it means for you to give your time to protecting and promoting Bonnet House.  

Thank you for your time.  If you have any questions, please ask them now or contact us at 954 646 8246 -- you can find the number on the Q and A sheet. 


FAQs 
Important Questions that you might have

Can I do my interview again?

How long do I need to speak?

Who will see the video?  Who will hear the audio?

How will the video support Bonnet House?

Will the video or the audio be for sale?

Why do you have an audio CD?

Where will the video be shown?

How long will the finished video be?

Do I have to be interviewed?  I'm not comfortable in front of a camera.





EXAMPLE
Can I do my interview again?
Answer:  Yes.

How long do I need to speak?
Answer:  As long as you want -- pleas talk about what it means to be a volunteer.  This is not an "oral history of Bonnet House."  This video is about you:  It's about why and how you became a volunteer..

Who will see the video?  Who will hear the audio?
Answer:  We hope you will show the video and share the video and audio with your friends and neighbors.  The video and audio will be given to teachers and others to share with local people to entice them to join Bonnet House Alliance.   We will provide copies to be given away to visitors to Bonnet House.

How will the video support Bonnet House?
Answer:  The DVD and the audio CD will remind visitors about the opportunity  to volunteer.  We hope these items will impel some people to join us.

Will the video or the audio be for sale?
Answer:  No.  It is intended to be given away.  The cost is $45 for 100 DVDs and $25 for 100 audio CDs.

Why do you have an audio CD?
Answer:  If we hand you a DVD, we ask you to create a special time and place to receive the information.  An audio CD does not need a dedicated time for listening -- you can listen to the audio when stuck in traffic or while doing housework.  

Where will the video be shown?
Answer:  In classrooms and (if Bonnet House agrees) on a continuous loop somewhere in the House.

How long will the finished video be?
Answer:  The aim is to give each participant at least 15 seconds to explain why they volunteer.  This is a series of short clips.  With 80 volunteers, the stories might total 15 minutes.   We might have two or three collections of participants, so this project can be added to over the years.

Do I have to be interviewed?  I'm not comfortable in front of a camera.
Answer:  We can capture your voice for the audio CD if you prefer not to talk to the camera.



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