Transformedia is a strategic communications agency and production company using culture, media and technology for social and political change.

We do

Conflict Transformation

We work with divided communities, governments and businesses in conflict and fragile environments to foster sustainable transitions from war to peace.

  • Enabling dialogue in divided communities
  • Connecting communities to political processes
  • Strengthening governance and civil society
  • Money mobile transfer for accountable governance
  • Improving market information for peace and security
  • Edutainment and hard-to-reach education
Insight provision

We help our clients understand the perspectives, values and behaviours that matter to improve engagement in conflict and fragile environments.

  • Participatory video and digital for monitoring and evaluation
  • Cultural insight and conflict analysis
  • Cultural intelligence and visual storytelling for program design
  • Media mapping
  • Polling and community consultation

We use

Technology

Apps, mobile sites and communities, SMS gateways, IVR feedback and digital hubs.

Culture

Theatre, film/cinema, visual art, music and cultural heritage.

Media

Immersive experiences, video, radio, non-traditional media and training.

Research

Ethnography, participatory video and geo-equipped digital insight.

Projects

Edutainment

Oxfam Novib commissioned Transformedia to conduct an Entertainment-Education (“Edutainment”) Scoping Study for South Sudan to inform the charity’s global partnership in Edutainment.

Digital Technology for Dialogue

Transformedia has used SMS conversations, video sharing, and bespoke mobile applications to promote communication across conflict lines.

Theatre for Nationbuilding

Transformedia co-established the multi-ethnic South Sudan Theatre Organisation (SSTO) and produced its first production. This toured nationally and internationally, including to Shakespeare’s Globe, London, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage

Transformedia is using digital technology to enrich, extend and broaden access to cultural and oral archives in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

About

Transformedia is a strategic communications agency, production company and insight consultancy.

Our work brings together creative, digital and conflict experts to secure political and social change in conflict, post conflict and fragile environments.

Transformedia is directed by Chris Milner. Chris is a conflict transformation specialist with substantial political, research and creative experience with communities at the grassroots and with policy processes at the highest level.

Our team

Project Advisory Panel

Dr. Wafula Okumu

Dr. Wafula Okumu is a Consulting Expert to the African Union Border Programme (AUBP) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). His latest book entitled 'Militias, Rebels and Islamic Extremists' unpacks historical and cultural dimensions of militia and rebel groups in Africa. He taught at McMaster University’s Centre for Peace Studies and at the United Nations University in Tokyo.

Dr. Sharath Srinisavan

Sharath is Director of the Cambridge Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge and a Principle Investigator in three innovative conflict resolution programs: Politics and Interactive Media in Africa (PiMA), New Communications Technologies and Citizen-led governance in Africa and Africa’s Voices – Applied Interactive Radio project. He has a wealth of practical experience as a conflict advisor, lawyer, and academic.

Ankur Shah

Ankur was a leading barrister before he left the bar to found Techlightenment. The business delivered services in social technology which grew rapidly to become the global leader in social media analytics (acquired by Experian Plc in 2011). Ankur is a regular speaker at events, recently promoting UK business on a panel in Los Angeles with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Tom Bird

Tom Bird is the Executive Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Tom is an award winning international theatre producer. He played a major role in London's Cultural Olympiad in 2012 and is currently producing a global tour of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to every country on Earth.

Simon Rawson

Simon served with the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office for six years, including a posting to Islamabad, leading policy and programme work on Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. He also served as a private secretary to two Ministers for Europe, leading on the EU international development and security portfolio. Simon now advises a global top management consultancy on risk management in work with public and social sector clients in developing economies. He has a personal interest in corporate social responsibility.

Consultants

John Martin

John Martin is a world-leading figure in theatre for development and conflict transformation, regularly working with the FCO, International Red Cross, International Labour Organisation, UNDP and numerous university research programs at important universities. He is the founder and Director of Pan Intercultural Arts and author of The Intercultural Performance Handbook and Theatre for Development Handbook. He trained at Bristol University and the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Ben Pygall

Ben is a senior IT Architect and director of Pygall Ltd. He has previously advised the Palace of Westminster on cloud services adoption and Transport for London on the design and implementation of Mobile devices and applications across the city's transport infrastructure.

Nichola Lado

Nichola is a trained journalist and radio scriptwriter. He is a graduate of University of Juba College of Arts, Music and Drama and has completed international courses on scriptwriting, directing and print reporting in Doha, Netherlands. He is currently a senior scriptwriter at Free Voice South Sudan Program and head of the cultural file for Al Masir newspaper. He has also worked with the Ministry of Culture Cinema Department and is the coordinator and administrator for the South Sudan Theatre Organisation.

Jake Corbett

Jake Corbett is an experienced cinematographer who makes award winning documentary and drama for Al Jazeera, BBC, NGOs and commercial clients. His work in Kosovo won Best International Documentary at the New York Independent Film Festival. He obtained his MA in Film and TV (Cinematography) from the National Film and Television School.

Gregory Thompson

Gregory Thompson is Artistic Director of A and BC. He has worked extensively as a theatre director in the UK and abroad, including Henry VIII as part of the RSC Complete Works Festival. He recently directed and toured a new Urdu translation of the Winter’s Tale around Pakistan to support changing attitudes to challenge taboos around the performing arts. For Transformedia, he has mentored the South Sudan Theatre Company.

Raz Shaw

Raz is an experienced theatre director with extensive credits including at Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Court and Prince Edward Theatres. For Transformedia, he has worked with the South Sudan Theatre Company. He obtained his postgraduate diploma from the London Academy of Performing Arts and was invited onto the National Theatre Studio Directors Course in 1998. He was the recipient of the 2006 Jerwood Directors Award at The Young Vic.

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