Let's do something different
Channels is a free and voluntary grassroots network for communications practitioners working in social impact fields. Let's do something different. Together, let’s rethink what ‘communications for social impact’ can mean. #ChannelsNet
Let’s do something different. Our mission is to bridge the gap between communications practitioners working toward social impact. From the strategic communications consultants working on behaviour change projects, to poets and artists doing creative workshops with refugees, to the social media managers at climate NGOs, to the academics working on C4D theory, to filmmakers inspiring dialogue in their communities through their work: there is so much to be learned and gained from being part of a greater network. We aim to create an open, inclusive space where knowledge-sharing and best practices are shared, as well analyse new trends in social impact and communications fields and rethink traditional and linear approaches to communication. Together, let’s rethink what ‘communications for social impact’ can mean.
The Channels Network was started by Gabriella Mikiewicz and Faith Toran in February 2021 amid a global pandemic—which affects all aspects of life and work—to fill a gap in networking opportunities specifically for communications professionals in social impact fields. We met through another network (shout-out to Loksan and Molly at the Impact Consulting Hub!) and realised how valuable networks are to provide communications practitioners the opportunity to re-evaluate their own approaches to communications by meeting others who are like-minded and passionate, but also come from different backgrounds, disciplines, and approaches. Channels is our way of providing these opportunities to others. Let's do something different.
Gabriella Mikiewicz, Channels Co-Founder
Gabriella Mikiewicz is a specialist in migration and intercultural communication. Gabriella has lived and worked in 9 countries around the world and currently is based in Vilnius, Lithuania where she works as a freelance communication consultant for migration related contexts. She has experience with a variety of communications work related to migration and intercultural contexts, including in strategic communications, graphic design, social media marketing, web design, and more. She highly enjoys volunteering and she spends her time illustrating and learning new skills. Gabriella holds a B.A. in Journalism from the School of Communications at DePaul University in Chicago, IL and an M.A. in Migration and Intercultural Relations from the Erasmus Mundus EMMIR programme. You can view her portfolio here.
Faith Toran, Channels Co-Founder
Faith Toran is a Communications for Development (C4D) Consultant with over 7 years of experience working globally in International Development in Burkina Faso, France, India and Guinea. Specialized experience in Communications for Development (C4D) Project design, implementation and management. Her specialized interest and expertise are in Francophone Africa and Climate Change. Her key skills include performance indicator design and development, knowledge management and reporting, capacity building, youth civic engagement, public policy, fluency in English and French, strong planning and organizational skills. Her technical expertise include proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Kobo Toolbox, CommCare Fundamentals and multimedia software Adobe Premiere Pro, and the ability to adapt to new technologies and implement innovative strategies, which ensure project sustainability.
Aissatou Sall, Francophone Coordinator
Aissatou Sall is the Founder and Executive Director of VideoPositive, a social startup based in Dakar, Senegal. Aissatou has over 15 years of professional experience in social communication and media in the international development sector and with foundations in West Africa. With her passion for positive change and impact, she decided to create, VideoPositive, which aims at supporting vulnerable populations to gain access to practical information and skills, in order to make the right choices that will positively impact their lives. It will also enable them to act as agents of their well-being. In order to achieve this, the VideoPositive collaborates with professionals to produce various types of content in different domains (public health, human rights, ecology,..) in French and local languages to reach as many communities as possible.
Omotolani Badara, Channels Podcast Coordinator
Omotolani Badara is a life-long learner whose professional experiences cut across Brand, Marketing, Corporate and Digital Communications in the anglophone West Africa market and in Marseille, France. Tolani has spent over three years working with small-sized and large teams to discover ways to engage with varying audiences by exploring different content formats and leveraging the power of storytelling. Her core competencies include strategic communications, video editing and content writing. Tolani currently holds an M.Sc in Communications and Media from Sciences Po, Paris. When she is not researching about cultures and languages, then, she is probably discovering ways that media and communications can positively influence social impact or perhaps, she is in a quiet place taking in the wonders of a great book. Her favourite Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Elisabeth Roura, Jobs Round-Up Coordinator
Elisabeth Roura Bosch is a journalist specialised in migration, diversity and intercultural relations. She has developed her career as a communications expert, particularly focused on content creation, social media management, email marketing and online community building. Elisabeth holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Barcelona and an M.A. in Migration and Intercultural Relations from the Erasmus Mundus EMMIR programme. Originally from Spain, Elisabeth is based in Berlin, Germany since 2018. She works at Kiron, a non-profit organisation providing free online education to refugees, and is responsible for student communications and community management.
Respect: We approach everyone with the same level of respect as we want for ourselves. We aim to understand and listen to each other. We respect our members’ privacy, beliefs, time, and for who they are. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. Furthermore, we are aware of each other's well-being and professional growth and development. We encourage diversity and inclusion.
Integrity: We believe in being fair and honest, and we take responsibility for everything we do. We act ethically with honesty, fairness and transparency. We always aim to match our words and our behaviours.
Drive: Regardless of where we come from or what we do for our jobs, we are all driven to make the world a better, safer, more inclusive space. We are brought together in Channels because we work in social impact sectors, and our drive to make a difference doesn’t end when our work for the day is done.
Innovation: As communications professionals, we are excited for opportunities to be innovative. We love to be challenged creatively, and pushed out of our comfort zones. We love trying new things, meeting new people, and bringing something new to the table for and in collaboration with others.
Have fun!: Why do it if it isn’t fun? We are here to make friends, grow on a personal level, interact with others who share our passions, but we’re also here to enjoy ourselves while doing it. We want to bring energy, creativity, passion, and enthusiasm to what we do.
Learn more about us and what it means to be a member by watching this video:
Channels is a free and voluntary initiative run by Gabriella Mikiewicz and Faith Toran. If you feel inclined to support us, please consider buying us a cup of coffee. ☕️