What barriers have hindered the success of your project to date? How do you plan to overcome these and other challenges as you grow your solution?
One barrier is the lack of financial means. So far we have fought this problem by voluntary work and using the infrastructure and devices of Nonprofit Media Centre Foundation. In the future, too, Sign TV will mainly be operated by volunteers, however, at least one paid organizer is needed to provide the permanence of work. To achieve this we will do intensive fund raising activities.
The low publicity level of our materials is also a problem. It will suddenly improve when jeltv.hu starts, however, we will pay strong attention to dissemination and contact building. We will also meet unexpected problems but we are convinced that our experiences and existing contact network together with our motivations and new contacts will help us through these difficulties.
How do you see the information-technology and media sectors shifting over the next decade? How will your solution adapt to and/or drive that changing environment?
The Internet is getting bigger and bigger share in everyday life, and is becoming a stronger and stronger factor in the world of media. Both the users’ and the developers’ side is rapidly developing, the possibilities for “mere” citizens to join in and influence public discourses, decision making, social attitudes, etc. is growing day by day, and we are resolute to participate in and make use of these changes. Sign TV, which is an alternative medium maintained by a very conscious and resolute minority group, can be a good means to succeed in this.
Failure is not always an option. If your solution fails to gain traction in the next two years, what other applications of the idea could you explore?
The idea of Sign TV is already under implementation. Financial support allows us to realize this initiation at a higher level (technology, cooperation contacts, professional training, involvement, dissemination, etc.), however, our volunteers' motivation ensures operation even if we fail to get other sources in the near future. They are full of alternative concepts on TV programs, fund raising, etc., and they and our Foundation have wide contacts in Hungary and abroad which we will build further in order to stabilize Sign TV.
Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding
1. Volunteer work done by concerned people and hearing friends.
2. Personal donations (concerned people, families and others).
3. Small and medium-size companies (listed as financial supporters on web page, or even briefly presented if decided so).
4. In Hungary, one percent of personal income tax can be offered for civil organizations – gaining as much of this support as possible (the deaf and hard hearing society and their families are potential donors in this field).
5. Publishing ads on Sign TV (in case management decides to do so).
6. Alternative ways of fund raising: selling Sign TV T-shirts, badges, etc. at various events.
7. Applying for various supports (mainly Hungarian and European funds). 8. Cooperation and joining in partners' projects.
Tell us about your partnerships
Main partners: Foundation for Equal Rights - an organization that provides trainings, housing an employment for impaired people (various disabilities). We have very good contacts with this foundation, current cooperation: starting a local town TV epmloying impaired people; Sign Language Translator Service - help for our volunteers at any place and any time.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?
Manager (Tamas Liling) - professional supervision, training, outer contacts, organization, fund raising. Editor in Chief - directing production, coordination of staff. Staff: 1. News collectors (3-5 p.), 2. Editors (3-4 p.), 3. Weekly editor in chief (4 p.), Newscasters (6-7 p.), Subtitlers (2 p.). One person fulfils several tasks. The weekly staff is made of 4-6 people according to their pledges (online calendar). Except for the shootings and staff meetings each step is made virtually. NMCF provides further organizational and fund raising background.
Changemakers is a collaborative and supportive space. Please specify any community resources you would need to grow and sustain your initiative. Select all that apply
Human resources or talent, Marketing or media, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas.
Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply
Human resources or talent, Research or information, Collaboration or networking, Innovation or ideas.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list