We are Enfable. We are two people’s contribution to the movement toward an ethical future. Armed with creative enthusiasm and a Sony HXR-NX30E we give a voice (and screen) to the often unheard folks busying away on progressive social projects.
The concept is simple. We provide low-cost, sometimes free, videography to groups working towards social equality and community prosperity.
The stories we are told, from the fables we learn round campfires to the headlines of our newspapers, define the way we see the world. And the stories we choose to tell define the world for others. Too often, through mainstream media, we are proffered that we are consumers, individuals with self interest in a world of ongoing, unsolvable issues, and there’s not much we can do about it. Even those who identify the problems, who pinpoint the exact spanner in the works often neglect that final step of how to yank it out – of offering the alternative and showing us the most powerful element to any story: hope. Not the ‘let’s wait and see and I’m sure it’ll work out’ kind of hope – I mean the ‘there is another way and this is how we get there’ kind of hope. So, let us interfere with the iterative, and choose to tell the stories of hope, of people becoming their own agents of positive change, and through telling and living these stories we have already transitioned from powerless over-consumers to an empowered sustainable citizenry.
Last year, in Devon, we did participative community art projects, an international documentary, loads of crowdfunding projects and several insightful little pieces on social enterprises.
Now we’re in Bristol and ready to get stuck in to the vast social enterprise sector – there’s so much to uncover, so many stories to tell. Where to start?
Our projects so far are:
- Devon Convergence: a Forum for New Local Economies – a short montage documenting the activities of this monumental day when folk gathered from across Devon to share what’s going on and what can happen next for the new economy
- Exeter Pound Design Competition – a piece describing the competition for members of the public to design the Exeter Pound notes and encouraging participation
- Greenham Reach – a crowdfunding video for the tenants of Greenham Reach, a piece of land in Devon where three families are finding a new/old way to live on the land
- Exeter Pound Shorts – interviews discussing the forthcoming Exeter Pound
- Paint-in-Numbers: the Exeter Pound – a community art project where members of the public participate in completing a giant paint-by-numbers
- Something New in Exeter – a ‘advertisement’ of the forthcoming digital local currency in Exeter
- Veterans’ Peer Support – interviews with the peer-to-peer support network for veterans in Devon. For funding and promotion
- Autogestió: Adventures into the New Economies of Catalonia – a documentary exploring the new economy in Catalonia
- Paint-in-Numbers 2: Alternatiba Exeter – a second rendition of the popular Paint-in-Numbers project, this time created as a crowdfunding video for the Alternatiba Exeter festival celebrating progressive alternative lifestyles and projects in Exeter
- Exeter Pound Goes Digital – a crowdfunding video for the Exeter Pound Goes Digital campaign, raising funds for the currency to go digital
- One Year in Transition (in progress) – a promotional video for this unique course offering young people support for their social enterprise.
- Exeter Community Energy presents the Generation Game (in progress) – a video documenting one of ECOE’s community activities.
Most of our videos are available on the video page
The main concepts we weave into our work are the commons (the sharing of thought and space), participatory design processes (that any object or place is created by its users) and gift economy (giving services to good causes without necessarily receiving in return).
We’ve got some of the usual contact channels. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter or Facebook: @enfable, /enfable. Talk to us about how we can help you tell your story – if you’ve got it we will accept food, shelter, local currency or that old-fashioned ‘pound sterling’ (but we’re weening ourselves off of that as much as we can).
We’re creating this site to store all the projects we’ve been up to. We’ll link to all our videos and share what we’ve learned along the way.