Virtual OpenDocLab Talk: Noel Kok

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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CommUNITY Reimagined

In 2020, as humanity reeled from the devastating economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic and as unheeded warnings about climate change and species extinction came home to roost, we needed stories of hope more than ever before. As humans, we love to gather, grow connections, and build partnerships. The Covid-19 lockdowns and their associated restrictions added to our sense of loss, especially of commUNITY. In this talk, Noel Kok will discuss how storytellers can rethink, reimagine, and recreate commUNITY through innovation and technology, exploring more inclusive solutions that would continue to provide access and space for Africa’s next generation impacting conservation through film. He will also share how he held the world’s first nature and wildlife global congress in Social VR.

Noel Kok is a producer, creative director, and storyteller with a passion for natural history and stories of African conservation. After dropping out of law school, Kok began his 25-year career in management, marketing, music and media production. Noel has produced, directed and distributed a number of albums, live shows, documentary shorts, and a conservation TV series.  Kok’s real passion is creating opportunities and unlocking barriers to entry for African storytellers. Noel is a co-founder and Executive Director of Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers, an organization dedicated to transforming wildlife, science, and conservation storytelling in Africa and supporting the continent’s next generation of conservation filmmakers.

Our lecture series is made possible by generous support from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.

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Diversity/Inclusion, Arts/Music/Film, Sustainability

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Public, MIT Community, Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff

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School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS)


film, community, Arts, technology, Sustainability, diversity, Inclusion, Conservation, Communication, climate, VR


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