A Open Collaboration:
For over four years I’ve been using my skills as a filmmaker to tell powerful and emotional stories of
victims of workplace bullying. I’m deeply moved by the conversations that the films have inspired and am expanding my efforts to illuminate more aspects of this damaging issue while at the same time providing a portal for journalists, legislators, practitioners, researchers and targets of workplace abuse to come together.
- Beverly Peterson
Top on the list of those who have helped make this possible is my tech guru and videographer, Patrick Perrotto, who has always been there. He freely donated the use of his state of the art broadcast quality equipment and did much of the driving.
Over the years we’ve been to Massachusetts, Texas, New Jersey, New York (numerous times), Virginia (numerous times), Pennsylvania and Canada and I even took a few solos to Wisconsin, Texas & Wales. Pat arranged for Ed Hollema to donate his services as Audio & Asst Camera. Let me put it this way, had we all been paid for our time, services, and equipment it would have easily cost upwards of $200,000+. I am forever indebted to them both. Feel free to help by making a donation of any size.
In a few short years we’ve already finished 3 short films that share the stories of targets of workplace bullying. Right now, we’re in the process of launching a longer film about the tragic suicide of the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Managing Editor, Kevin Morrissey that captured major media attention when his death was linked to workplace bullying. Kevin’s boss, Ted Genoways, quickly became the ‘poster boy’ for advocates seeking workplace bullying legislation. And, although an investigation found Genoways innocent of bullying, Kevin’s surviving sister, Maria, has joined the lobbying effort. This compelling drama sheds new light on the highly charged and troubling aspects of this issue.
Here’s some of what we’ve accomplished:
**over 7,600 signatures on a National Care2 Petition we co-founded demanding President Obama and the Department of Labor address the workplace bullying epidemic. (Note: largest petition on this topic)**
** Chicken & Egg, “I Believe in You” New Media Grant **
In Fall 2011 we sponsored Take Action Screenings and donated DVDs for use by advocates to spread the word about workplace bullying. Actions included: Screening Parties, Mailing DVDs to local legislators, Lobbying, Town Hall Meeting, College courses, Trainings, Sharing with fellow employees who are being bullied, Sharing with family members, friends, and co-workers to show the impact of workplace bullying and validate the experience, Donating to local library, In the following states: Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, and even outside the U.S. in Canada and Australia.
The original site, NoJobIsWorthThis.com, has been re-developed and integrated into OurBullyPulpit.org. It offers visitors: “Resources” that include links to free HR Policy Templates, Gov’t & Non-Profit Orgs offering counseling and help, a News Archive, Research papers, Books. NoJobIsWorthThis.com now features our “Virtual Town Hall” with videos of victims testimony from all across the country. Helping to create audiences are our Twitter, Facebook Groups, YouTube Channel, Vimeo, blip.tv channels and others. Our WIKI allows site visitors to share information and resources allowing to be on the way to becoming a vital resource for advocates and legislators.
Our Blog explores new alternatives and exposes myths the mainstream media perpetuate about this topic. Guest articles feature perspectives from HR, Lawyers, Victims featured in our videos, Mediators and many more.
International Educational Coalition on Workplace Bullying: Co-created social media platform that crosses geographic boundaries to join psychologists, lawyers, researchers, business & Human Resource representatives, advocates and victims in a public discourse about workplace bullying. The FACEBOOK page received 200,000 visits in its first year.
This cross-platform Internet initiative was founded by documentary filmmaker Beverly Peterson in an effort to bring public attention to new voices involved in this issue. She presented her New Media project NoJobIsWorthThis.com at the 2010 7th International Conference on Workplace Bullying & Harassment in Cardiff, Wales. Peterson’s documentaries have been broadcast internationally, and screened at major festivals including; HBO, PBS The Sundance Channel,The Sundance Film Festival, Human Rights Watch, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art,The Walker Art Center, The Warhol Museum, The Kitchen. 71 West Broadway: Ground Zero, New York, NY was selected as part of the memorial presentation at the Library of Congress, which has included it in the national 9/11 film archive. Portions of Invisible Revolution, were featured on ABC’s 20/20, Dateline, and HBO specials on domestic terrorism.
Perrotto is an emerging videographer whose professional videography credits include MTV Networks, “Makes a Video,” covering the behind the scenes processes of making a music video; Fashion Week (2002 to present) for B Productions including electronic press kits. Perrotto’s Assistant Editing credits include The Mayor of the Westside which premiered nationally on PBS in 2006 and Greetings From Asbury Park which premiered at the 2005 Two River Film Festival. In 2006 Perrotto co-produced, co-directed, and edited Shadows of Shadowlawn which won the 2006 NBS Grand Jury Prize (student documentary category).