Consulting & Trainings

There is a shift in visual communication norms and fundraising practices. Discriminatory, stereotypical and fake images are being challenged. The rapid advance of digitalization and AI calls for a renewed focus on ethical communication, authenticity and impactful storytelling.

Fairpicture supports nonprofits and impact brands in adapting to these changes through targeted training and consulting in ethical communication and fundraising. Our communication workshops and training sessions are designed to foster the development of ethical storytelling practices, ensuring your organization not only meets but exceeds the standards of ethical and legally supported visual communication.

Trainings and workhops

We regularly offer online training sessions for individuals on current topics in ethical visual communication practice. In these hands-on sessions, we empower participants to navigate topics like stereotypes, ethical fundraising, storytelling and communication in humanitarian and development cooperation.

We also provide courses internally within organizations. Whether you aim to challenge entrenched thinking patterns, invigorate internal discussions, or simply acquire new knowledge to benefit your organization, we tailor workshops to your needs. Just contact us.

Below you find an overview of current topics. In recent months, we have also offered workshops on other topics that deeply concern us and are frequently addressed in our work, such as decolonization in visual communication, ethical AI prompting, and ethical storytelling practices. Don't hesitate to reach out if this is what you are rather looking for.

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Fairpicture input at Amnesty International Switzerland, February 2024: Putting on the human rights lens.

One person’s stereotype might be another one’s experience. It is often difficult to judge whether an image reflects a stereotype or the reality of life. For fundraisers and communication officers in development organisations, this is a particular challenge, especially in their relations with donors or the public. How can stereotypical representations be avoided and why is this important for visual communication? This workshop provides basic knowledge on understanding and recognising stereotypes, and gives participants tools to avoid falling into most common traps. Approaches towards inclusive, diverse visual language will inspire participants to develop new stories and find new possibilities for their ethical visual communication.

Trainer: Mag.a Dr.a Miša Krenčeyová

Next date: June 3rd, 2024, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM CET
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In communication and fundraising, most aid organisations are faced with the challenge of portraying aid recipients in a dignified way even in difficult situations. But portraying poverty and suffering without exploiting the pain of the people depicted is a tightrope walk. Accusations of «Poverty Porn» as an emotionalising form of communication weigh heavily. How can the dignity of people in the pictures be preserved? This workshop will show you problems and ways of handling them. It will enable you to better understand current debates on «Poverty Porn», sharpen your own position and draw on approaches for solution-based, balanced visual communication.

Trainer: Mag.a Dr.a Miša Krenčeyová

Next date: June 17th, 2024, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM CET
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Humanitarian and aid organisations are often tasked with visually representing tragic situations and traumatic events. Can you ethically photograph people when they are experiencing trauma? How can you portray people with dignity when they are suffering most? In this workshop, we will delve into questions like these. We will focus particularly on navigating the dilemmas of taking and publishing photographs of suffering, however the conversations will have broader applications to other situations. The aim of this workshop is to create a supportive and safe environment in which each professionals can unpack these discussions and improve their understanding of current debates.

Trainer: Savannah Dodd, PhD

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Poverty, deprivation, suffering: they are real, and projects working for change require funding. And fundraising is a tough and competitive business. But: does fundraising really need to rely on stereotypical images of poor and deprived people? How can visual communication in campaigns and donation letters be more fair - to those depicted and those viewing the images? Align your visuals with your values. Strengthen the ethical substance of your fundraising campaigns to make them both: persuasive and ethical.

Trainers: Mag.a Dr.a Miša Krenčeyová and lic. phil. Jörg Arnold

Next date: July 3rd, 2024, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM CET
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Children are the most depicted subjects in humanitarian and aid-related communication. Showing children in need arouses a strong emotional reaction in the viewer - yet might be prone to exploitation. Portraying children requires careful navigation to ensure their dignity is upheld and their rights remain respected. Join us in exploring ethical approaches to depicting children in difficult circumstances. This training equips participants with strategies to navigate the challenges of portraying children sensitively, avoiding exploitation, and contributing to respectful communication practices.

Trainer: Mag.a Dr.a Miša Krenčeyová

Next date: October 28th, 2024, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM CET
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Consulting

Frame

Nonprofit communication and impact reporting face the challenge of effectively engaging audiences, navigating complexities, and achieving objectives in today's dynamic environment. Fairpicture has a proven track record of working with small to international nonprofits and private-sector organizations to enhance their communication strategies. Does your communication align with current debates? We assist in reflecting your positioning, optimising measures, including impactful fundraising campaigns, and developing practical strategies that are embedded within your organization's framework.

Stereotypical and discriminatory or fair and safe? Get a view from the outside and discover blind spots in your visual communication. Involving visual creators from different regional and cultural contexts, we analyse and provide feedback for your communications, campaigns, and visual content. We will advise you on the fair and safe production and use of your image catalogue.

How it works:

  • You send us your pre-existing visual materials.
  • Our consulting team checks them according to the requirements of a fair image.
  • In a short workshop, we discuss strengths and weaknesses of your current imagery according to the Fairpicture standards of a fair image. 
  • You gain knowledge about context, possible effects of your images, and impulses for strengthening your visual communication in ethical terms.

What you get:

  • Short review: How fair are your pictures?
  • 1,5h online workshop

    Price: CHF 900.-

    On demand: In-depth review involving Fairpicture visual creators.

Case Study

Having fair pictures isn’t just ethical. It’s a strategic business decision. Data legislation requires new ways of producing, storing, and using images. Align your visual communication with your organisational values and the demands of the global market. Tailored to your needs, we co-develop your strategy for ethical and safe visual communication.

What you get:

  • Strategy and guideline development, including implementation workshops
  • Process streamlining

Case Study

We would like to communicate differently, but then we can't conduct effective fundraising - we hear this every day. Leveraging decades of fundraising expertise in NGO communication, we not only elevate awareness of ethical considerations in fundraising – spanning from decolonization to community-led storytelling – but also collaboratively implement them alongside you.

With some clients, we have now started to empirically test this question. For example, we send out a traditional mailing and parallel one that meets criteria for ethical communication. Be bold and test your hypotheses with an experienced partner.

Through our consulting services, we develope tools such as the Image Ethics Analyzer, the Risk Assessment Tool, and the White Paper on Data Protection, all of which we make publicly available for free. They are tools that are consistently helpful. Learn more here.

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Leave us a message or schedule a meeting with someone from our team. Join us in making fairness in photography and ethical storytelling the new normal!

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Consulting Case Studies

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Visual Communication Guidelines Development

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