J. Landertinger Forero, Global Eyes Production: GLOBAL EYES PRODUCTION is a media company that promotes intercultural dialogue and raises awareness of human rights issues through documentaries, video workshops and online journalism. As a result, we are interesting for institutions working in human rights and democracy work, which are looking for video productions that can implement their concepts visually. Recently a staff member of UN Women said to me: "We had commissioned a video production to produce a film about women's rights, but we first had to invest a lot of time with our contractor explaining the subject matter." That wouldn’t have happened with us.
J. Landertinger Forero, Global Eyes Production: My father worked for the United Nations for more than 30 years. This experience, the international environment and other less pleasant events in my life influenced my interest in human rights, women's rights, international cooperation, diversity and migration. As a child to binational parents, I grew up speaking five languages and had an interest in communication processes from early stages. Moving images fascinated me most, because images are often understood without the need for specific language skills. After several years working as an employed video producer for an organization, starting up my own company was the right step for my career. The cutting point between visual storytelling and democracy/ human rights/ immigration is my great passion.
J. Landertinger Forero, Global Eyes Production: In the beginning it is important to have good and trustworthy partners who can recommend you or who can give your company a certain "standing". I was fortunate that well-known companies, such as Sony Latin America or the Investment Bank Berlin believed in my idea from the very beginning. Alliances with Irrepressible Voices and Humanity in Action are very important for the NGO sector. As for the documentary production, I am very committed to working with Colombian film productions and want the world to experience other stories than the commonly known about this country.
J. Landertinger Forero, Global Eyes Production: I definitely want to expand and build up two solid offices in Berlin and Bogotá. We want to be the partner of choice when it comes to overcome stereotypes, cross borders, to explain human rights visually and produce high-quality socially relevant documentaries – for cinema, the web, TV and transmedia. The latter is where I see a lot of growth potential. Transmedia is the future of documentary, and thus of Global Eyes Production. Projects such as "Alma" by Arte and Upian are pioneers and great examples. We want to follow.
Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company.
Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.
Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus.
Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus.
Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.
Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.
Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.