Over the last six months, we have been collecting video testimonies from our members and people we meet about their Integration Tipping Points. Often these are ‘ah ha’ moments when individuals finally feel like they belong in the UK.
Now that Operation Integration has publicly launched, we would like to invite you to join in! Explore our current library of video testimonies and then share your own tipping point.
Add Your Voice
We ask each participant to answer this simple question:
“When did you first feel comfortable in the UK?”
You can submit your video two ways:
- Record your video yourself, upload it to YouTube and email us the link (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tip: Add #operationintegration to the ‘Tags’ and we’ll also find it!
- Request a visit from the team at Operation Integration. We’ll come to your organisation, record the videos and post them for you. But we need at least 3 people willing to participate to do a visit.
Listen to Others. Explore the current library on YouTube or watch in the gallery below:
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Regrettably, even basic tools are not available to migrants to share their stories regarding integration or other experiences. Most of them do not have an access to a computer to contribute their thoughts through social media about these experiences.
Unfortunately, organizations such as MRCF, which are based to support these migrants, themselves, lack these basic tools such as a very basic computer to be shared and used by visiting migrants. Lack of these basic communicating tools has let them down. It is clearly understood that it cannot be expected to see highlights of migrants’ footages when they have not been given basic tools to gather information and then communicate through.
Nick Micinski says:
Thank you for your comment, Omr. I agree that migrants face many barriers to sharing their stories- especially online. Over the last two years, the Forum has had our Digital Activism Project to try to overcome these barriers. I’ve written here before about these challenges and the infrastructure (tools) are definitely in short supply.
At MRCF, we do have some tools for migrants to participate online. Please come use them:
-Two open computers available for ANYONE to use to check email, research online, write blogs, or even edit videos
-Digital cameras and a video camera available for members of MRCF to check out for the day to film
-Thursday (2-8pm) drop in classes about computers at the Forum
-Intensive 7-week Digital Activism Course for leaders of migrant groups
Finally, if you or others would like to record a video for OPERATION INTEGRATION, please email us! We would love to come help you participate.
Dear Nick; Thank you for your quick reply. I had heard about you as one of your students in one of your digital activism courses explained to me many things which you taught brilliantly. Let me honestly explain to you my impression taking from first experience of arrival at your organization.
I was there last week and I have to say that there was not a warm welcome in the beginning when I arrived at the main reception. Indeed, nobody approached me to see what I am looking for. Then after a while, a friendly man probably from Middle East approached me and helped me to know more about your organization. He described to me various projects that your organization is running particularly mentoring project, which I guess he was part of that mentoring project as a volunteer. However, when he wanted to introduce me some online activities regarding social media at MRCF, we had an access to the only one shared computer which you had at the time after half an hour waiting. But, this was not the end of story, as we had to wait nearly 10 minutes for every single normal webpage to be uploaded on the computer. The only shared computer was nearly dead as it was freezing and crashing all the way through.
As a migrant, I have learned to live with minimum basic facilities but I expected to see more from an organization dedicated to support migrants. I described these issues to you as a friend and not in a complain way because I see myself part of any organization devoted to help migrants in this hostile climate in the UK.
A Visitor says:
As an old and long time visitor to the MRCF, I agree with the points made above about the lack of basic shared computers at MRCF.
Not long time ago, someone called Paul was looking after the shared computers at MRCF to make sure they are kept in good conditions. After he left the MRCF, nobody took responsibility to look after these computers and this caused various problems for visitors who were mainly using them. Out of three shared computers at the time when Paul was working at the MRCF, there is only one shared computer working at the time when I am writing this message. Since this last computer is also dying, so do not be surprised if you did not see any computer working tomorrow!!!
I agree with the points made about the lack of the shared open computers for migrants and visitors at the MRCF. I am surprised why we have to discuss about the lack of computers as a barrier in order to share our thoughts online because there are numerous cheap computers under £200 available these days. They are new and high quality computers manufactured by very famous companies with well-known brand names for decades.
As a volunteer at MRCF I am on the computer in the office all the time. Sometimes I am at the reception, so I am sorry to hear that you didn’t feel a warm welcome. We pride ourself in being very friendly.
I’ve done myself the digital activism course and I have seen students working on their personal digital activism project from the computers at MRCF. Things might not be perfect (and often they are slow!) but I have seen blogs created, campaigns launched and videos filmed! So if you have a specific need, don’t hesitate to ask and they will try to make it happen!
I have been using facilities at MRCF since middle of 2010 as well as helping in the mentoring project. Every single week, there are many workshops and activities run at MRCF providing a warm-welcoming home for many attendants. Although it may not be seen, lots of money is spent at MRCF for numerous activities weekly. To give you an example, we just spent more than £100 pounds for a lunch out for men’s group last week enjoying foods while we were sharing time together. There was not a single day that there was no food or drink available on the sharing tables or kitchen at MRCF. Visitors and volunteers also bring their home made foods to be shared. By the way, Oh, I love cakes made by Naoko.
From this brief introduction, I want to say that as the name of the organization indicates, it is a forum for sharing. This may be simply related to sharing thoughts or something we can do for ourselves here at MRCF as this is our home; me, you, and others. Yes, this is our home. Thus, if something is not going on in the way you may like, change it yourself in the way you want to be. You wouldn’t call someone else to come and change things for you in your home. So let’s see what we can do to improve MRCF together.