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?
The main barrier is non-stable funding, which is allotted in the form of grants. Armenia like other countries in transition period has no existing practice of donation for public interests. We are seeking to overcome this barrier by opening EcoLur branch in the countries where such practice is available and to find a partner interested in setting up the first public environmental internet television.
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?
We see the development in mobile communications, which assumes more and more of functions from multi-media technologies and which is suitable for rapid response.
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?
Our modules give an opportunity to get adapted to the particular situation. If there are no conditions for setting up public television, we will use non coast-based technologies, for example, the work with blogs based o SMS and MMS messages, information exchange through Facebook and Twitter.
Expand on your selections, explaining how you will sustain funding
Taking part in grant competition and receiving invitations from donors
Tell us about your partnerships
Since 2005 EcoLur has held the coordination of 15 public campaigns, out of which 4 campaigns were a success, 7 documentaries shot, 21 projects implemented, funding from 14 donor organizations. You can find all the information about our partners, donors, programs, public campaigns, documentaries and EcoLur administration from www.ecolur.org in “About us”.
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section?
Professional people will be involved in the project, as well as volunteers and people interested in the outcomes - local activists, NGOs, socially active movements, especially those in formation stage.
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, Collaboration or networking.
Specify any resources you might offer to support other initiatives. Select all that apply
Human resources or talent, Research or information, Collaboration or networking.
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren’t specified within the list
The information displayed on EcoLur website is unique, as it’s a kind of information file for all current environmental problems – forest, wastes and mining (see http://www.ecolur.org/en/hot-spots/34), and where yoи can get comprehensive information about each problem - information from the scene based on alarm signals, news and standpoint of official department, expert and analytical information, photo and video materials. You can follow chronological development of the problem in the file.