Rana Labs

Rana Labs Rana Labs empowers the future digital storytellers of our world. Rana Labs LLC is a full digital media agency with a mission: to generate social change with every product we create.

We develop websites, produce videos, run social media campaigns for clients and, in all of our work, we empower the future digital storytellers of our world. From our backyard in Washington D.C. to developing countries around the world, our goal is to build capacity and create jobs by uniting technology’s potential with artistic inspiration. We provide a space for aspiring artists, videographers, musicians, and coders to perfect their trade and to get jobs as graphic designers, filmmakers, producers, developers and more.

¡No puedo decir que “no” a un foto! 📸😁 / ¡I can’t say “no” to a photo! 📸😁 #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #RanaGuate #StayHome #Que...
08/14/2020

¡No puedo decir que “no” a un foto! 📸😁 / ¡I can’t say “no” to a photo! 📸😁 #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #RanaGuate #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa

¿Quieres videos para llevar? 📋🎥 / Would you like videos to go? 📋🎥 #RanaGuate #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #quedateenca...
08/14/2020

¿Quieres videos para llevar? 📋🎥 / Would you like videos to go? 📋🎥 #RanaGuate #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #quedateencasa

Dando la “milla” extra 🤭☝🏽 / Going the extra “mile(s)” 🤭☝🏽 #RanaGuate #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #quedateencasa
08/14/2020

Dando la “milla” extra 🤭☝🏽 / Going the extra “mile(s)” 🤭☝🏽 #RanaGuate #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #quedateencasa

There is an intense storyboarding discussion happening here 😂#internationalyouthday #díainternacionaldelajuventud #ranau...
08/12/2020

There is an intense storyboarding discussion happening here 😂

#internationalyouthday #díainternacionaldelajuventud #ranauganda

08/12/2020

A special international youth day message from an amazing group of refugee youth in Nakivale Uganda! 🇺🇬

#internationalyouthday #díainternacionaldelajuventud #ranauganda

Recording a talk show and teaching how to do it! We 💚 Nakivale#internationalyouthday #díainternacionaldelajuventud #rana...
08/12/2020

Recording a talk show and teaching how to do it! We 💚 Nakivale

#internationalyouthday #díainternacionaldelajuventud #ranauganda

08/12/2020
U-Report Uganda

Happy International Youth Day! Brought to you by the most inspiring and dedicated youth groups we've ever met - check out what they have to say in Nakivale 🇺🇬. We're honored to be part of this program with UNICEF & FHI 360.

Dear U-Reporters,

The youth in Nakivale Settlement, Isingiro district wish all a happy International Youth Day 2020!

They say "together we can, we the youth we can!" #IYD2020 #Voicematters #InvestInUGChildren #ForEveryChild

UNICEF Uganda U-Report Global FHI 360

Un buen taller se acompaña de café... y dos de azúcar ☕️ / A good workshop goes well with coffee... and two sugars ☕️ #R...
07/28/2020

Un buen taller se acompaña de café... y dos de azúcar ☕️ / A good workshop goes well with coffee... and two sugars ☕️ #RanaGuatemala #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa #Zoom

3, 2, 1... ¡ACCIÓN! 🎬 / 3, 2, 1... ¡ACTION! 🎬 #RanaGuatemala #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa #Zoom
07/28/2020

3, 2, 1... ¡ACCIÓN! 🎬 / 3, 2, 1... ¡ACTION! 🎬 #RanaGuatemala #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa #Zoom

Digan ¡RANA! 📸🐸 / Say ¡RANA! 📸🐸 #RanaGuatemala #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa #Zoom
07/28/2020

Digan ¡RANA! 📸🐸 / Say ¡RANA! 📸🐸
#RanaGuatemala #RanaUganda #RanaUSA #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa #Zoom

Today we are honored to film the efforts of the Ministry of Health Uganda and USAID in Kumi #uganda #production #covidre...
07/09/2020

Today we are honored to film the efforts of the Ministry of Health Uganda and USAID in Kumi #uganda #production #covidresponse @ Kumi District

07/06/2020

Esta ranita ahora vive en Zoom 💻 / This frog now lives in Zoom 💻 #StayHome #QuedateEnCasa

06/09/2020
Proyecto Raíces Comunitarias

Proyecto Raíces Comunitarias

Los jóvenes de los talleres "Luces, cámara y comunidad en acción" de Rana Labs se han divertido en esta cuarentena. Nos contaron sus mejores chistes, y además nos dieron a conocer sus técnicas de grabación.

¡Mira el video y ríete con nosotros"

#SomosRaíces #QuédateEnCasa USAID Guatemala World Vision Guatemala RTI International

06/09/2020
Proyecto Raíces Comunitarias

Proyecto Raíces Comunitarias

Les preguntamos a algunos participantes de los talleres "Luces, cámara y comunidad en acción" de Rana Labs, ¿Cómo se lavaban las manos con su canción favorita? y este fue el resultado.

¡Ahora es tu turno! Puedes lavarte las manos cantando tu canción favorita y de paso puedes grabarte y subirlo con el #SomosRaíces

#QuédateEnCasa USAID Guatemala World Vision Guatemala RTI International

How do you reduce child labor in cocoa production in West Africa? By using a calculator! Well, not the one you're thinki...
04/22/2020
ICI launches new online child labour risk calculator - ICI Cocoa Initiative

How do you reduce child labor in cocoa production in West Africa? By using a calculator! Well, not the one you're thinking... Check out how that works and watch our animated video here: https://cocoainitiative.org/news-media-post/ici-launches-new-online-child-labour-risk-calculator/

Following a study that found a limited set of characteristics can predict a community’s child labour risk, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has developed a new online calculator that helps civil society, governments and the cocoa industry estimate child labour risk. Measuring child labour ...

04/18/2020
USAID/Albania

We 💚 Albania! Check out our latest project...

🇦🇱️ Mbështesim reporterët e ardhshëm dhe gazetarinë cilësore!
Zgjodhëm Ditët Ndërkombëtare të Shërbimit në Komunitet të Rinisë (17-19 prill) për t'ju treguar se, përmes projektit tonë "Drejtësi për të Gjithë", ne po ndihmojmë studentët e gazetarisë në Shkodër dhe Elbasan të zhvillojnë aftësitë e tyre lidhur me teknikat dixhitale të raportimit mediatik. Duke bashkëpunuar me Departamentet e Gazetarisë në këto dy universitete, përfundoi me sukses, për 45 studentë, java e parë e trainimit të ofruar nga "Rana Labs", kompani ndërkombëtare e prodhimeve mediatike. Studentët u angazhuan intensivisht në mësimin praktik të teknikave mediatike dixhitale për filmimin, intervistimin dhe montazhin, duke përdorur, për çdo teknikë, paketat e pajisjeve të lëvizshme për prodhim filmash. Kjo përvojë unike për studentët do të kulmojë me prodhimin e 8 filmave të shkurtër, me temë kryesore drejtësinë. USAID është i përkushtuar për zhvillimin e aftësive teknike të gazetarëve të rinj, që të kenë "zë të fortë" në mbrojtje të komunitetit. Në muajt në vijim do të zhvillohen trainime të tjera me qëllim përmirësimin e cilësisë së gazetarisë në Shqipëri dhe fuqizimin e një brezi gazetarësh që prodhojnë materiale duke përdorur teknika inovatore dixhitale. #qualityjournalism #reportingonjustice #studentfilms #digitalreporting

🇺🇲️ Supporting prospective reporters and quality journalism!
To mark Global Youth Service Days (April 17-19), we would like to inform you that, through our "Justice for All" project, we are supporting journalism students in Shkodër and Elbasan to build their capacities in digital storytelling techniques. Working with Journalism Departments in both universities, 45 students successfully completed the first training week with "Rana Labs", an international media production agency. The students were immersed in an intensive hands-on approach learning digital media techniques, including filming, interviewing and editing, all with customized mobile film-making kits. This unique experience for students will culminate in the production of 8 short films, focusing on themes of justice. USAID is dedicated to building the technical skills of prospective young journalists in Albania to enable them to advocate for their communities. In the months ahead, additional workshops will continue with a goal of improving the quality of journalism in Albania and empowering a new generation of innovative digital content producers. #qualityjournalism #reportingonjustice #studentfilms #digitalreporting

Esta ranita también se quedó en casa ☕️ / This little frog stayed at home too ☕️ #QuédateEnCasa #StayAtHome
03/21/2020

Esta ranita también se quedó en casa ☕️ / This little frog stayed at home too ☕️ #QuédateEnCasa #StayAtHome

Workshops with the Justice for All project with university journalism students, building stories about Albania for Alban...
03/06/2020

Workshops with the Justice for All project with university journalism students, building stories about Albania for Albanians to motivate social change. / Talleres de producción con estudiantes de periodismo, creando historias de Albania para Albania para promover el cambio social.

03/03/2020
OACNUDH - Guatemala

¡Acompaña a Raúl a darle la vuelta a esta historia! 📃

Cortometraje producido para OACNUDH - Guatemala para la campaña “Dale la vuelta”, que promueve la inclusión laboral de las personas con discapacidad.

#DaleLaVuelta es compartir espacios en los que no existan barreras.
Acompaña a Raúl y conoce un espacio en donde la inclusión y la accesibilidad le dan la vuelta a su perspectiva.

Para el lanzamiento de la campaña “Dale la vuelta” creamos materiales infográficos visuales y auditivos para que todas l...
03/03/2020

Para el lanzamiento de la campaña “Dale la vuelta” creamos materiales infográficos visuales y auditivos para que todas las personas pudieran tener acceso a la información 📃🎧 #RanaGuatemala

The Justice For All project, Digital media workshop with journalism students in Albania #shkoder #RanaAlbania #RanaLabs
02/27/2020

The Justice For All project, Digital media workshop with journalism students in Albania #shkoder #RanaAlbania #RanaLabs

Lanzamiento de la campaña “Dale la vuelta” producida para OACNUDH - Guatemala, dentro de la cual creamos materiales info...
02/25/2020

Lanzamiento de la campaña “Dale la vuelta” producida para OACNUDH - Guatemala, dentro de la cual creamos materiales infográficos, visuales y auditivos, para que todas las personas tuvieran acceso a la información 🎧🔖 #RanaGuatemala

02/25/2020

Detrás de cámaras de “Dale la vuelta”. Una campaña producida para OACNUDH - Guatemala que promueve la inclusión laboral de las personas con discapacidad 🎥💯

Producción de cortometraje para la campaña “Dale la vuelta” producida para OACNUDH - Guatemala 🎬
02/19/2020

Producción de cortometraje para la campaña “Dale la vuelta” producida para OACNUDH - Guatemala 🎬

¡Nos vemos mañana frente al Edificio Lux! 🙌🏽
02/18/2020

¡Nos vemos mañana frente al Edificio Lux! 🙌🏽

Weekend workshop with refugee youth, all of whom have incredible stories to tell.  They have one of the industry's best ...
01/13/2020

Weekend workshop with refugee youth, all of whom have incredible stories to tell. They have one of the industry's best camera phones in their hands and we can't wait to see what they do with them! #googlepixel @ Rhino Camp, Arua, Uganda

We are at the border of Uganda / DRC this weekend for a workshop with a youth group - had to jump out to grab these suns...
01/10/2020

We are at the border of Uganda / DRC this weekend for a workshop with a youth group - had to jump out to grab these sunset photos!

01/10/2020
The Impact of the Tusome Early Grade Reading Activity

How do you get the next generation to read in Kenya? Millions of children are reading today thanks to the USAID Tusome program w/ Kenyan gov support. This is the backstory on how it happened - thanks to RTI International for the opportunity to help share this story! H/t to Natasha Sweeney for the amazing photography.

In 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development joined with the UK Department for International Development to fund a program known as the Tusome Earl...

Our first day working with youth in the Nakivale refugee settlement in western Uganda - absolutely amazing talent and en...
01/07/2020

Our first day working with youth in the Nakivale refugee settlement in western Uganda - absolutely amazing talent and energy! Thanks to the Youth Participatory Design and Monitoring Project for having us be a part of this program. @ (UNHCR/OPM) Nakivale Refugee Settlement

12/12/2019

Les compartimos ‘Una historia en redes’, el último material de la campaña #ComoTodosLosDemás producida para PNUD Guatemala, en el marco del Programa Conjunto Abordando la Inclusión Laboral y Educativa para Personas con Discapacidad en conjunto con OACNUDH - Guatemala y Unesco en Guatemala

12/05/2019

Estamos listos para que veas ‘El trabajo de hoy’, el segundo material de la campaña #ComoTodosLosDemás producida para PNUD Guatemala, en el marco del Programa Conjunto Abordando la Inclusión Laboral y Educativa para Personas con Discapacidad en conjunto con OACNUDH - Guatemala y Unesco en Guatemala

12/04/2019
Голос Америки

Philippe Amstislavski is Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has some excellent ideas on how we can better protect the environment. Watch and find out more! For our Russian-language viewers, here are some additional notes on this show:

Поправки:
1) На полуострове Кенай и Юго-востоке Аляски, где проходила часть съёмок, умеренные дождевые леса. (Филипп оговорился)
2) Грант для инноваций Филиппа получен через Innovate Awards - https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/research/office-of-research-and-graduate-studies/opportunities-and-events/innovate-awards/
3) Поплавки для ловли рыбы в озере 100% биоразлагаемые. Это изобретение сына Филиппа (Бенджамина Амстиславского), чтобы уменьшить количество пластика, брошенного на природе рыболовами-любителями.

Серия 49. Филипп Амстиславский – профессор Университета Аляски и увлеченный эколог, для которого стремление изменить разрушительное отношение человека к природе – не просто профессия, но жизненная необходимость. Он с удовольствием проводит время в лесу и на рыбалке с женой и детьми и мечтает, что однажды человечество откажется от пластика, который наносит серьезный ущерб окружающей среде. В своей лаборатории Филипп изобрел органический материал со свойствами пенопласта и надеется, что ему удастся внедрить его в массовое производство

11/27/2019

Tal como lo prometimos, les presentamos 'Un buen día para recordar' parte de la campaña #ComoTodoslosDemás producida para PNUD Guatemala , en el marco del Programa Conjunto Abordando la Inclusión Laboral y Educativa para Personas con Discapacidad en conjunto con OACNUDH - Guatemala y Unesco en Guatemala

Este fue el lanzamiento de la campaña #ComoTodosLosDemas producida para @pnudgt ¡Pronto te compartiremos más! 🤭
11/22/2019

Este fue el lanzamiento de la campaña #ComoTodosLosDemas producida para @pnudgt ¡Pronto te compartiremos más! 🤭

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Why Rana?

“So, why Rana?” This is by far the most popular question we are asked and it’s one of our favorites. Are we a secret government cover-up? A weird science lab? There’s only one way to find out – read on!

First, a translation: rana means frog in Spanish. But that doesn’t answer the question. People tend to tilt their heads and say (sometimes apologetically) “So are you a pharmaceutical company? Do you test medicine on frogs?” Another person actually asked if we were a reptile mutation lab–this is true–and it made us feel like actors in an elaborate X-Files secret government cover-up operation. While that might be a fun daydream, it isn’t why we chose the name.

So, this is the point in the conversation when our answer changes from mysterious to philosophical: “we do social impact communication.” However, all this usually accomplishes is that our poor listener tilts their head the other way, waiting for some kind of punchline.

Yes, social impact communication. Here’s the not-so-short definition:

We believe that using communication tools like videos, websites and podcasts can generate change. Even more, we know we can educate others in how to use these tools to bring about transformation in their own community.

The word transformation is paramount to us. And the frog is an ancient symbol of transformation. That’s why it’s our symbol, our mascot and our belief system. Our team is passionate about developing the next generation of video producers, coders, podcasters and digital media creators to inspire social change. We are in effect a laboratory of transformative ideas (not genetic mutations, sorry!).

But there’s more: each member of our team has gone through a series of professional and personal metamorphoses. Embracing each of our own unique transformation is what makes us stand out from the rest. We create content from our heart and believe in genuine storytelling; this is why we call Rana Labs our home.

The secret behind Rana Labs is the passion and desire to seek transformation. It is what truly defines and motivates us in each project we are involved in, regardless of the origin and country we are from, our home is where our convictions and values ​​live.

Now that you know our not-so-secret answer to our most popular question, take a look at www.ranalabs.com and see some of the examples of transformation throughout the site.

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