SideWays is a documentary webseries presenting never-before-seen social initiatives through various multimedia episodes.
With SideWays, we want to showcase positive and original initiatives in which its leaders kickstart innovative approaches to solidarity, often involving an ingenious use of the web.
These can be seen as pioneering ideas or remedies to the current system, which fewer and fewer people relate to…
Each episode follows the same format:
√ A 5-minute, aesthetically polished video
√ a magazine-style multimedia article (with pictures and video)
√ a discussion forum,with the project leaders and the authors
SideWays is also a community of people: you are welcome to participate and collaborate on the project through the website. You can:
√ Suggest stories, comment on them and give your feedback
√ select the subjects
√ donate to the crowdfunding campaign for each episode
√ volunteer your skills to help the project grow
√ share the episodes
Whenever a new episode is online, a discussion forum allows you to speak directly with the protagonists of each initiative.
SideWays is an alternative project both by its content (the topics of the episodes), its set-up (the Story Box, community participation, the traveling truck) and its financing (crowdfunding, free-pricing).
There are many ways you can contribute to SideWays:
And if we head your way,> come to our screenings and debates or to our training sessions!
In order to stay as free and creative as possible, we are exploring alternative ways to finance our activity. All those who value our approach and want to see it grow are free to contribute.
We are passionate about this project. It utilizes our skills and aligns with our interests and philosophy. We are fully committed to its success and for that, money has to remain just a means to an end.
Contributing to the project can mean donating money (through our crowdfunding campaigns) but it can take many other forms: lending us a hand, skill-based volunteering (web development or translation for example), donating food and non-food items and much more. Ideally, we want to avoid spending money by procuring everything we need from the contributions made by those who support us.
We call out to all our suporters, for each episode,
via our crowndfunding campaigns. The money we raise goes toward our production costs: fuel, materiel, insurance, ect.
The transparency of our budgets is a given, that is why you’ll find the detail of SideWays’ income and expenses here.
A year with SideWays – Back to 2014 in numbers, texts and photos
2014 in finished, first year 100% SideWays for the two full time volunteers. We would like to share all our activities with a transparency spirit.
You will find a chronology, projects, and detailed budget report in this document (in French).
Download “Une année avec SideWays” in PDF (French – 9,5 mo)
Annual budget : 12 254€
with 42% for daily cost (2 personnes), 29% for transport, 17% for matérial, 11% for communication, 1% for other projects supported.
Join the SideWays community
to share, collaborate, exchange and receive the latest news
In order to make the most of our travels in the trucks for our different shoots, we decided to convert it into a travelling meeting space: a mobile, friendly space for discussions and exchanges.
What we want most during our village stops is to foster discussion. We want to bring in what we know and grow thanks to what is given to us. That is why we offer to anyone interested screenings followed by debates based on SideWays episodes as well as training sessions in our domains of expertise (photo, video, graphic design) at free-pricing.