Sam Gregory

Program Director

Sam is an internationally recognized human rights advocate, trainer and video producer who helps people use the power of the moving image and participatory technologies to create human rights change. He directs WITNESS’ programmatic work, and leads on our Cameras Everywhere initiative - focused on empowering millions of people to use video effectively, safely and ethically.  In 2010, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident on the future of video-based advocacy, and in 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Heteaches on human rights and participatory media as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.
 
Sam has created training tools and programs including the WITNESS Video Advocacy Institute (an intensive two-week training program), and was lead editor on Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy and Activism (Pluto Press, 2005). Over the past decade, Sam has worked extensively with human rights activists, particularly in Latin America and Asia, integrating video into impactful campaigns on a range of civil, political, social, economic and cultural human rights issues. Videos he has co-produced have been screened to decision-makers in the U.S. Congress, the U.K. Houses of Parliament, the United Nations and at film festivals worldwide, and have contributed to changes in policy, practice and law.
 
Widely known for his expertise in emerging forms of advocacy, Sam has most recently presented at Re:Publica, Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, and SXSW Interactive. He publishes regularly in human rights, social entrepreneurship and visual media journals including most recently “Cameras Everywhere: Ubiquitous Video Documentation of Human Rights, New Forms of Video Advocacy and Concerns about Safety, Security, Dignity and Consent” in the Journal of Human Rights Practice (OUP, 2010).  A graduate of the University of Oxford, he completed a Masters in Public Policy as a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard. Sam is on the Board of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, and the Advisory Board of Games for Change. Follow his blogging here.

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Awards

2004 - 2008 Social Capitalist Award

 
Fast Company named WITNESS one of 45 recipients of a Social Capitalist Award for five straight years....

2007 National Academy of TV Arts and Sciences Humanitarian Award

 
The National Television Academy awarded its first-ever Humanitarian Award to WITNESS for its use of...

2007 New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award

 
The New York Times recognized WITNESS with its Excellence in Communication Award for its use of open...

2007 American Express Building Leadership Award

 
The American Express Building Leadership Award seeks non-profit organizations that place emphasis on...

2007 One World Media Award

 
The One World Broadcasting Trust recognized WITNESS with a New Media award for its work in launching...

2006 Webby Award Official Honoree

 
Established in 1997, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the...

2005 Schwab Social Entrepreneur

 
The Schwab Foundation searches for leading social entrepreneurs around the world. In 2005, Schwab named...

2004 - 2008 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

 
The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship supported WITNESS’s work in documenting human rights...

2003 Tech Museum Equality Award

 
The Tech Awards is an international awards program that honors people and organizations from around the...

2011 SIPA Global Leadership Award

 
SIPA’s Global Leadership Award recognizes WITNESS for its work of empowering citizens to...

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