Our Big World Homes Storyteller.
In August 2016:
We put a call out for a unique aspiring actor/journalist/media personality to join us on our exciting journey to launch this revolutionary form of affordable housing.
This media role includes living in the world’s first Big World Home for four months and using this to develop an experiential journalism project to highlight the issue of housing affordability in Sydney.
We were impressed with Ella’s interactive documentaries for social goals. And that from a very young age she’s dedicated herself to improving the lives of young people, particularly young Australians. She’s an adventurer too (she’ll need to be to fit the gig as the first Big World Homes guinea pig!)
“As I grew up, the cost of living in Sydney soared, and I became increasingly aware that that my chances of home ownership were slim. This is the case for much of my generation, who’ve been priced out of the places they once called home. The implications of this go well beyond the individual – they matter for critical urban issues like diversity, sustainability and community.”
Some of the video interviews with Ella
In collaboration with the Big World Homes film director Andrew Shanks, Ella and her team in NYC have shot these interviews:
“My aim will be to connect a diverse range of people with this movement.”
Some of Ella’s previous work.
We love this interactive documentary supporting community-based tourism in Ilha Grande, Brazil, where Ella’s role was Assistant Producer and Camera Operator:
Ilha Grande: Cada praia uma Ilha, cada ilha uma historia
You might have already seen one of the videos about the incredible friendship between a man and a penguin, which was viewed by millions of people around the world.
You can read about the project in English on the website and Facebook.
Ella also made a short documentary about this project as part of her MA thesis at The New School in NYC.
Involvement in social causes.
Ella’s passion for social issues and in particular improving the lives of young people won our hearts. Here’s a taste of what she’s been up to:
• Reporter and photographer for Insideschools at the Center for New York City Affairs, a project working at the intersection of education, equality and urban policy.
• Coordinated The New School’s Engage Media Lab – an initiative of university students and faculty working with community and activist media.
• A judge for the New School’s social innovation competition, The New Challenge.
• Communications and operations manager for AIME Mentoring from 2012-2014. Ella had previously volunteered with the organisation as a mentor.
• Co-facilitated environmental education classes for high school students in a small rural town while on university exchange in Mexico, 2011.
• Volunteered with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, assisting with the “Say Yes” national week of action – an initiative of 9 major Australian environmental and social organisations supporting action on climate change.
• Served on the Marrickville Youth Council from 2004-2006, and initiated the establishment of a youth council in the Leichardt local
government area as part of the Young Leaders of Change program run by Social Leadership Australia.
• Ran a weekly youth radio program on Radio Skid Row 88.9pm between 2004-2006.
When it comes to housing, it’s time to think big, and the answer isn’t small.
It’s all about the collective.