by Sven Triloqvist
Tue Jun 12th, 2007 at 05:56:14 AM EST
In Jérôme's diary on think-tanks and our potential influence on European debates, I outlined an idea that has been running around in my mind. Maybe you'd like to contribute?
I will not add much more here than was in the comments. It is just an idea - a viable idea in my opinion - and I think it is best that interested parties throw in their spanners and encouragement without defining too clearly what the potential structure might be.
This is a fairly new concept in participatory media and there are as yet no ground rules. So have at it....
Forward-moving ideas, great discussion - afew
Here's what I said first in response to In Wales:
I've been thinking about what TV series to propose next. I had a talk with an Yle (state TV) boss at their summer schedule launch a week or so back, and the environment/energy is high up on their menu. I briefly broached an idea that we should specifically show what ordinary consumers can do and why they should do it. I was thinking of the discussions we've had heere covering everything from the domestic stuff like switching to energy saving lighting, not buying plasma screens, heat pumps, up to the context stuff of nuclear waste burial, peak oil, wind farms, wave farms etc etc. We've actually covered quite a lot of ground over the last couple of years and solid ET expertise has been revealed.
The thought that has been running through my mind is decentralized production - in terms of the research, the script, the contacts for people and locations etc. I am not the person to write this, but I do know how to put it all together as a production and affect the audience. My background is documentaries (partly science stuff such as Horizon years ago).
This is just a wild thought at the moment: but what if ET collectively could do the outline and then the script if we get the go ahead? It is real money that could come into ET for whatever purpose the forum decides upon. The basic pitch though (say 8 pages supported by research materials) would have to be on spec.
Such a production would have to be partly focused on Finland and Finnish consumers, but it could also be set-up as a co-production with Scandinavian broadcasters, if not from elsewhere. In that case the predominant language could be English, and I imagine that there would be plenty of international locations and interviews.
Longer series are easier to sell, 28 minute episodes.
I could imagine the following subjects as worthy of an episode each (sorry for the soppy titles):
What is your carbon footprint?
Greening your home
Trains v planes
Food inc organic v GM
Water - not a drop to drink
I'm sure we could come up with a whole lot more.
Other subjects were added:
Alternative energy sources
Chemicals in food production and processing
Population and resources
Please add more...
We also discussed building an interactive element to ensure that a dialogue continues.
As TBG poïnted out - this could be a media outlet for ET that could bypass bureaucracy. It would be bottom-up. Wake up the people, and then you don't have to worry about the tea and cakes circuit of boring EU politics. Bring the mountain to Muhammed.
At this early point, anything is possible. Let's not concern ourselves wth commercial viability for the moment. Let's think how we would perusade that profligate neighbour to join us in making simple lifestyle changes that, multiplied by millions, could Change the Game.