2013 Zain Raza introduces on social media the idea of an independent media outlet based on the principles of citizen journalism and activism. The idea spreads quickly throughout social media. The platform’s founding principles were discussed and agreed upon in a first unofficial members meeting.
2014 Roundtable discussions took place and acTVism’s first interviews were published with the likes of Pulitzer Prize winning journalists Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges through social media. Our first video reports on political events and demonstrations were produced as well. acTVism Munich e.V. (non-profit) was founded with 17 members at the first official meeting in the fall of that year. The organization also opened its first non-commercial bank account at GLS Bank.
2015 acTVism’s official website was launched at www.acTVism.org. Our first major event was held at Muffatwerk in Munich with linguist Noam Chomsky, former MI5 agent Annie Machon and Paul Jay, founder of The Real News Network. We co-organized the Sam Adams Award with Edward Snowden in Berlin. Further videos and interviews from that year included Jürgen Todenhöfer, Abby Martin, Vijay Prashad, William Binney as well as James Gailbraith. Our second event was about Germany’s international role, again at Muffatwerk, with Heiner Flassbeck and Noam Chomsky.
2016 acTVism held exclusive interviews with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and Wikileaks investigative editor Sarah Harrison as well as reporting the launch of the Democracy in Europe 2025 (DiEM25) movement in Berlin. More video reports included the STOP-TTIP Demonstrations in Berlin and Hannover as well as interviews with Hans-Christian Ströbele, Katja Kipping, Gesine Schwan, Ernst Wolff and other renowned experts.
2017 To start the year, acTVism hosted its largest event to date under the title “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context
” to a full house that included 650 guests at the Muffatwerk in Munich. The panel included Edward Snowden
, Jürgen Todenhöfer
, Jeremy Scahill
, Richard D. Wolff
, Paul Jay
and Srećko Horvat
. Circa 53,000 people streamed
the event and 900,000 viewed the publications thereafter in German & English on YouTube. In order to foster understanding of elementary definitions, concepts and historical events an educational video series known as “Know Your Stuff
” was launched. Richard D. Wolff, Dr. Daniele Ganser, Medea Benjamin, Dr. Peter Seyferth, Ernst Wolff
and other experts participated in this series.In order to foster democratic understanding and participation for the German election season, acTVism Munich collaborated with Mehr Demokratie e.V.
to produce a video series known as “Perspectives of Democracy”
that hosted, amongst other experts, Gerald Hüther und Yanis Varoufakis. Additionally, a new video format was introduced called “The Spark” that introduces and promotes local non-profit and grassroots organization that are focused on improving the state of our society and environment. Organizations that have participated in this format include Fossil Free Munich, One World Art Connection, the Munich Peace Movement and Mehr Demokratie.