The Paradigm Shift Project
Founded by Rebecca Sweetman in 2008, The Paradigm Shift Project (PSP) is a registered Canadian charity that creates documentaries to change worldviews. With a mission to advance education on important issues relating to poverty, ecology, health and human rights, PSP connects people around the world to grassroots projects in developing countries tackling the world’s toughest problems, also providing local organizations with tools to reach out for support. PSP is a facilitator, building important relationships to bridge the divisions in our world. PSP is also an educator, informing us on the issues, and more importantly, how we can be part of the solutions.
To date, PSP has produced six documentary films on a variety of environmental and human rights issues that have been viewed roughly 30 000 times in over 100 countries. With funding from private donors, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, DoJiggy Foundation, and Change for the Children Foundation, PSP has conducted in-class outreach with youth in Canada, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, reaching over 2000 students in the past year alone. Additionally, PSP’s films have been used by educators in Canadian and American institutions, including the University of Toronto, York University, New York University, and the Cornell Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development. PSP’s first set of Educators’ Toolkits is now available online on their website. These guides, available free of charge to educators and non-profits, provide detailed curricula to accompany their films for use in classroom contexts.
PSP is currently working on three new documentary projects, on three timely and important issues: sexual slavery in India, Thailand, and Cambodia, waste management solutions in Bali, Indonesia, and slum settlements in Asia and South America.
For more details about PSP, their projects, and how you can help, visit their website.