Making Waves sets up Radioboxes in France and around the world. This simple mobile radio helps everyone get his or her voice and ideas heard. Some projects span over several years. They can include training sessions in media education and radio broadcasting, events with journalists and radio professionals and can be an opportunity to make podcast series or audio dramas.
OUR TOOL : THE RADIOBOX
Radiobox is a simple, user-friendly, battery-operated, mobile radiofor any user…to broadcast audio programs via streaming or FM, anywhere, under any circumstances.
ANYWHERE ANYONE NEEDS IT…
Radiobox is the brainchild of several collaborators from Radio France, designers from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle and freelance sound engineers It was designed to offer a space to communicate and share, to provide access to information, education and culture to people in dire circumstances, to minorities or outcasts, anywhere it is needed: in conflict zones, humanitarian crises, community centers, shelters for teenagers or refugee camps.
IN A FEW EASY STEPS : MAKING RADIO !
The Radiobox is the size of an A4 sheet of paper and weighs 6 pounds. Anyone can put it together and store it away in a few easy steps without any technical knowledge. There are only a few buttons at the top and at four outlets at the back for microphones, one for music, two for the headphones and two others for the loudspeakers. By connecting a Radiobox to your phone or laptop, you can broadcast or record on various apps such as Facebook, Twitch, WhatsApp or Telegram. You can broadcast on FM if you connect it to a radio transmitter.
MAKING POP-UP RADIO STATIONS
Made for anyone and everyone, especially those who are in the most delicate, difficult situations, Radioboxes can be used anywhere a radio station can play a social, therapeutic, educational, cultural or pacifying role.
Creating a radio station is an opportunity for men, women, groups or communities facing social exclusion or a crisis to take part in a dynamic, innovative project that brings people together. Radio programs are a place to meet, interact, have constructive, peaceful discussions, and they encourage everyone to listen and share knowledge and skills. It spurs collective endeavors, promotes people’s skills and autonomy. Because it is a fun, social activity, it fosters effective, unusual methods of learning and sharing. In forging ties where they are possibly lacking, radio is a healing, empowering tool to solve conflicts.
Easy to use, a Radiobox is a tool for people to make their own radio station, their own programs, and their own podcasts. Without any technical hassle.
Making Waves helps people create their own radio station from beginning to end. We offer various workshops, tailored to the specific audiences and the projects they wish to carry out: how to speak into a microphone or write radio segments, how to moderate an interview or a debate, how to relay a podcast or build a radio schedule.
We want to ensure the continued existence of the Radioboxes we set up as a means for marginalized communities to be heard, for any group to come up with and build programs with their own words, experience and ideas, so that Radioboxes may make their own way in the world, be passed around so that people can meet, bond and be heard, for as long as possible.
The Radiobox project is the brainchild of Alexandre Plank, Mathieu Touren, Anthony Capelli, Roland Cahen, Xavier Hatot, Denis Cajazeux with the students of the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle.
Anthony Capelli created the current model for the Radiobox and Mathieu Touren designed it. Radioboxes are made by Anthony Capelli, Julian Fincham and Robert Kieffer in Bristol (UK) and Noisy-le-Sec (Paris region). Roadioboxes are made by Anthony Capelli, Julian Fincham and Robert Kieffer in Bristol (UK) and Noisy-le-Sec (Paris region).
SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
Four Radioboxes have been acquired by the French Institutes in Morocco and Lebanon. These will be used in different cities and made available to journalists, schools, libraries and NGOs.
Two Radioboxes were built by Making Waves to be sent to Pakistan. They will be used by the journalists on the spot to continue their work and to inform the inhabitants of the flooded regions.
Since 2020, a Radiobox circulates every summer among the buildings, parks and apartments of the cité des 4000, at the disposal of the residents so that they can meet, as they wish, around microphones and produce their own broadcasts.
Radio Al Mawjet is an itinerant cultural radio imagined and created by the French Institute of Tunisia and animated by high school students from the 26 governorates of the country.
The Educational Day Care Service of the 20th arrondissement of Paris welcomes children from 5 to 13 years old. They are admitted at the request of the Child Welfare Office when the question arises as to whether they should remain in a family that can no longer guarantee a framework of authority and education.
Tadam! is a radio practice and creation project conducted with newcomer children at the CHUM in Ivry-sur-Seine. This emergency shelter, which includes a school, is a pilot project involving the Academies of Paris and Créteil.
Twelve Radioboxes and four FM transmitters were built by Making Waves to be sent to different cities in Ukraine. They will be used to replace radio studios destroyed by the Russian army and to create emergency radio stations in war-affected cities.
Africa Through Tales is a program working to install, in Ivorian libraries and schools, Radioboxes for teachers, librarians and students.
The Blue Box is a project initiated with the Dutot psychotherapeutic center, a day hospital for children from 4 to 16 years old with severe psychopathological disorders.
In Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux and Marseille, four Radioboxes have been installed with the NGO La Cloche. So that homeless or exiled people can create Rough Radio and produce their own podcasts and programs.