At ivoh we believe that media can inspire us to imagine and create a better world. We’re seeking to shift the public dialogue from fear and despair to hope and possibility.

ivoh partners with journalists, photographers, gamers and filmmakers across the U.S. to promote and produce storytelling that builds empathy and compassion, connecting us across differences. Now, we are scaling up our work to engage communities, universities, newsrooms and digital and public media in collaborative, place-based efforts.

We offer alternative approaches to creating narratives by widening the lens that media makers’ and audiences’ use to view the world. We’re building on research that shows focusing on progress and positive attributes unleashes individual and community capacity for good, supports recovery, and builds broad capabilities for resilience.

Because ivoh believes a change in our awareness precedes a change in perspective and thus what we create, we are committed to reflective practice to cultivate a media culture of authentic concern for community wellbeing as a means to foster empathy, respect and interconnection.

Judy Rodgers, President, Board of Trustees 

ivoh began in 1999 with a dialogue considering media’s impact on society among nearly two hundred practitioners in Manhattan. Participants realized much media content had predominantly negative effects on the public, but at the same time also thought that media can create meaningful, positive change.