"OUR AMBITION IS TO HELP CREATE A 'SOUNDTRACK FOR SOCIAL GOOD' THAT CONNECTS AND MOTIVATES US AS INDIVIDUALS, STRENGTHENS US AS GROUPS, MAKES US MORE EFFECTIVE AS ORGANISATIONS, AND CREATES A STRONGER, MORE SUSTAINABLE AND KINDER SOCIETY".
- KYLE HANNAN (EMC FOUNDER)
The idea of EcoMedia Collective (EMC) started simply: with stories worth sharing.
EMC was started in 2011 by Kyle Hannan, who moved to the UK from South Africa to reconnect with his family roots in Glasgow and Somerset. He has over 25 years' experience creating and developing innovative and pioneering community media projects in the UK, the Far East and South Africa. These included:
- managing a University radio station as it became the first legal non-State broadcaster in South African history
- project-managing the creation of the first community radio station in Nelson Mandela's home region
- implementing the South African Broadcasting Corporation's first computer-based live radio studio, using digital workstations and PCs to play music instead of CD players and tapes.
- helping manage the official radio station for the world's biggest music festival
- Director of Bristol's first full-time community FM radio station
- Management Committee member of UK's oldest hospital radio station
- setting up online 'radio' station for English-speaking expatriates living in South Korea
- Station management of world's first intercultural internet radio station for Jews and Muslims
- Creation and production of several dozen audio features and downloads for various clients
Decades of helping others to discover and broadcast their own stories, combined with a deep interest in how media technology can make society stronger, led to New York in 2010. After being part of the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship in Social Enterprise and Cross-Cultural Networking at Columbia University Business School, Kyle spent time adding to his knowledge of Social Enterprise at the ESSEC Business School in Paris.
It was on this foundation that EMC was foundedas a Community Interest Company (cic) in 2011.