Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: Advocating for change through visual storytelling with Lydia Kibandi, Lensational, Ep. 34


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Storytelling and photography to bring underrepresented women’s issues to light

Can gaining a new skill change your life?

It certainly does for the underrepresented groups and communities in Africa and Asia who are getting trained in photography and digital storytelling to share their stories and advocate for the issues they face.

In today’s episode of How to be the Difference, Johanna and Paul sit down with Lydia Kibandi, CEO at Lensational, a non-profit social enterprise that aims to elevate the voices of underrepresented women through photography. Lydia has earned recognition as a young leader in her country and globally through a nomination in Kenya’s Business Daily Top 40 under 40 women in leadership and her contribution in panels including New York Times Climate Hub at COP26.

In this episode of How to Be the Difference, Lydia shares how her non-profit Lensational is helping bring light through visual storytelling to issues that women from marginalized communities are going through, in a way that can facilitate dialogue with policymakers and other change agents. 

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Outline of this episode:

  • [01:49] – Introducing Lydia Kibandi
  • [03:20] – About Lensational
  • [04:49] – The impact of the non-profit
  • [07:06] – Lydia’s background
  • [09:49] – Volunteering as a way of entering a non-profit
  • [10:48] – Escalating positions within a company
  • [12:30] – Becoming CEO
  • [17:45] – Giving value to an organization
  • [19:10] – The connection between storytelling and photography
  • [26:42] – Meeting policymakers and key stakeholders
  • [29:19] – The real impact of photography
  • [31:03] – The future of work

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