Online Live Participatory Video for Design Thinking Course

Organised by



Chris Lunch, InsightShare co-founder and Director


02/02/2021 - 16/02/2021




Contact name: Lucrezia Vittori


About us

As leading practitioners in the field of Participatory Video, InsightShare has been delivering transformational projects with some of the world’s most marginalised communities. We have directly facilitated hundreds of projects in over sixty countries, working with diverse peoples to address a wide variety of issues. Founded in 1999, our organisation is committed to improving and shaping the use of Participatory Video in all its forms, and building a grassroots movement of practice to sustain its role as a powerful community engagement tool.

In this course, you will learn to adapt Design Thinking methods to the context of community-led change to create better social innovations, that have community insights and solutions at their heart. Participatory Video for Design Thinking is a new approach that is grounded in community participation.

InsightShare’s Director, Chris Lunch, developed the Participatory Video for Design Thinking methodology, while a Fellow at the Paris between 2017 and 2019, through numerous projects and collaborations with experts in the field. He will be leading this online course throughout.

To find out more about the application of Participatory Video to Design Thinking, please explore these resources:



The first course will take place on the following dates: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th and 16th February 2020

Each session will last 90 minutes.


What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a creative approach to problem solving, that begins with the people you are designing for and ends with new solutions tailor-made to suit their needs. Design Thinking processes begin with building deep understanding and empathy with those that will ultimately be part of any new social project, service or product that is developed. This helps the process go beyond generating ‘good ideas’, to creating a movement towards impact. When we work with communities to contextualise prototypes and test them, the movement towards impact is enhanced. Participatory Video provides a unique opportunity to deepen insights and local engagement from beginning to end.


What is Participatory Video?

Participatory Video is an accessible way to bring people together to explore shared issues and voice their perspectives. It is a powerful platform to engage and mobilise traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups. The methodology is designed to empower participants to engage in learning activities and voice their stories and opinions, whilst they gain confidence in their abilities to acquire new skills, improve existing knowledge and practices, and think creatively towards innovative problem-solving.


Who is it for?

Our online course and coaching service aims to support individuals, organizations, teachers or designers interested in social innovation and community development.


What will you learn?

In this course, we will explore both Design Thinking and Participatory Video methodologies and look at how they can be combined. You will learn:

  • The different stages of the Design Thinking process
  • How to adapt the Design Thinking process to work sensitively with marginalised groups
  • Local ownership of ‘ethnographic’ research phases
  • The power of storytelling and use of visual facilitation to promote community engagement and appropriation of the process
  • How to build sustainability and long-term infrastructures for community-led change
  • A suite of participatory tools and exercises that can be applied to prototypes and implementation
  • The different stages of the Participatory Video process
  • How to experiment with field exercises and tools
  • Lessons through case studies


Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)


Course Price: £800 for five live sessions, with self-study assignments between sessions.

4 X 90 minute sessions will focus on Participatory Video and Design Thinking Methodologies. 1 X 90 minute session of group coaching, exploring each participants intended or potential projects. Personalised resources will also be provided.

One-on-one coaching sessions are also available for £200 per 90 minute session. These sessions are tailored to meet your needs, whether that be helping you to start a project or supporting you as you deliver your project.

Special Offers

Book with a friend or colleague and receive a 15% discount on both bookings. Purchase 2 one-to-one coaching sessions with your course booking and get two sessions for the cost of one. The total price of this package is £1000 (1 place on course + 2 coaching sessions).

Website and registration




Evaluation Research, Participatory Research, Emancipatory research, Inclusive research, Indigenous methodology, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Action Research, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination, Alternative Methods of Dissemination, Dissemination through Film and Video, participatory video , participatory media , design thinking

Related publications and presentations

Evaluation Research
Participatory Research
Emancipatory research
Inclusive research
Indigenous methodology
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Action Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR)
Research Skills, Communication and Dissemination
Alternative Methods of Dissemination
Dissemination through Film and Video

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