Christopher Scott Carpenter

Age: 25
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah
Education: B.A. in Film & Television Production; B.A. in Cognitive Science, Adversiting Minor (University of Southern California)
Specific Field Interests: Digital Media Production and Storytelling Placement: Dream A Dream
Placement: Dream A Dream, Bangalore, Karnataka
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Christopher graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California (USC), where he earned degrees in Film & Television Production and Cognitive Science, and a Minor in Advertising. Throughout his career, he has sought and created partnerships between film technologies and social advocacy to enact positive change. He co-wrote and co-directed “Destination: SLC,” a documentary exploring the experiences of a Kenyan refugee living in Salt Lake City, Utah, which entered the film festival circuit and won regional awards. While at USC, Chris served as the Director of Marketing and Videographer for Program Board, a collective of advocacy groups representing the diverse student populations of USC. Chris conducted research in Beijing, Kaifeng, and Shanghai, China, analyzing the role and influence of globalism in consumer culture. He also served as Team Leader and Student Coordinator for the USC Volunteer Center’s Alternative Winter Break trip to Thailand, utilizing media campaigns to secure funding and supplies for the trip. Chris was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity. Upon graduation, he lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan, for Ashinaga, an NGO focused on the education and social rehabilitation of orphaned students, developing and producing media campaigns. Most recently, Chris completed a graduate-level filmmaking certificate course at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic.

Posts by Christopher.Scott.Carpenter

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THE HAPPINESS CURRICULUM

My Fellowship was a journey through stories. As a visitor to India, I engaged with […]

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A Happiness Education: A Case Study in Resilience and Wellbeing

“You see, the ultimate purpose of education is twofold: one, making me understand how to […]

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The Happiness Project: How an American Filmmaker Came to Understand Life Skills Education in New Delhi

In July of 2018, the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi launched a […]

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Through the Lens: A Toolkit for Preserving Dignity Through Adversity in Development Sector Media

“Good intentions aren’t good enough if they are pursued with little or no understanding of […]

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A Single White Football: How a Community Photography Workshop Encouraged the Emergence of Self and the Ownership of Narratives

In Transit Tales: A Guide for Creating Participatory Photography Projects with Migrants and Refugees, the author recounts […]

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The Scavenger Worker and Me: A Story of Lost and Found, Part 2 – Deliverance

For Part 1, please read here.   INTERLUDE Meanwhile, the update landed hard in the […]

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The Scavenger Worker and Me: A Story of Lost and Found, Part 1 – First Contact

PONDICHERRY (8 DECEMBER 2018) My phone vibrates with an incoming message. It’s just past 7:30 […]

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Life Skills Day, Every Day

In the late morning of November 20th, 2018, 34 parents and teachers from throughout Bangalore […]

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Foregrounding Adversity: Dissecting ‘Pathos,’ a Mode of Persuasion

Recently, while browsing the internet on my cell phone I was met with an advertisement. […]

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“A Recipe to Thrive:” How the Shared Ownership of Stories Changes the Script of Adversity

“Package for you, Christopher, sir.” I look up from my work station. Hovering before me […]

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