A LEGACY ON WHICH TO BUILD

  • Paul G. MacLeod

Abstract

The following is a personal perspective on how the Fogo Process evolved

in Newfoundland and Labrador in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, and a

description of some of the methodologies and key principles that became a

part of it. The Fogo Process was a seminal participatory communications

initiative that empowered people through the use of film (and later video).

Some 30 years after it created considerable “buzz” as an innovative

participatory tool, the Process may be more iconic than understood, but

not because it is no longer relevant. Incorporating participatory

communications components, built on the legacy of the Fogo Process,

could significantly strengthen many current development initiatives.

Author Biography

Paul G. MacLeod
Paul G. MacLeod joined the Media Unit of the Extension Service of Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1968. He worked with the Unit until 1988, period during which he produced and/or directed numerous film and video projects. He began working overseas in the mid-1970s. Since then, through Anigraph Productions Ltd., a family entity, Paul has continued to implement communications components of development projects in Asia, Africa and South America. He is now heading the communications component of a CIDA-funded Institutional Linkage Project between Memorial University and the University of Dar es Salaam.
Published
2006-02-01
Section
Articles