Fred Campbell is a communicator, educator and rural development facilitator who has worked
out of Atlantic Canada since 1979. With experience as a newspaper reporter -
photographer and editor, he became coordinator of the College of the North Atlantic's
journalism program in 1984. From 1989 to 1991, he worked in Newfoundland
and Labrador communities as communications program developer for Memorial University's
rural extension service. There he provided support to volunteer community television groups
which were perceived by Extension to be an important tool in community development.

In 1992, he founded Ryakuga, a development support grassroots communications organization.
Campbell has produced a wide variety of videos, and he has considerable international experience.
For example, he has worked on participatory communications projects in South-East Asia (video); Central America
(video and newsletter), and the Caribbean (video, newsletter, photography and community radio).

Since 1995, Campbell has developed and coordinated a series of multi-community, multi-stakeholder
rural development projects, including Communication for Survival. Sharing Our Future
(12 communities, 26 partners), and Enhancing the Circle.

During the 90s, Campbell wrote scripts for videos produced by Acadia University, as well as Ryakuga
productions. He has written instruction manuals for Ryakuga and prepared presentations for
national and international conferences in Buenos Aires; Sao Paulo; Kentucky; Montreal;
Vancouver, Halifax, and Rocky Harbour.

Fred has presented and/or webcast at the 2000/2002 Global Community Networking
congresses in Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Montreal. In October, 2002, he was elected
to the board of Telecommunities Canada.

In 2003/2004 and again in 2005/2006, Campbell worked on post-secondary
education contracts in the United Arab Emirates. His course load
included teaching Corporate Communications/Marketing and Communications Technology.

In 2006, Fred was granted a patent for Newspaper-in-a-Box, a kit
for community groups to produce newspaper-format newsletters.

For six months in 2008, Campbell worked from the marine station
in Bonne Bay as community coordinator of the Community
University Research for Recovery Alliance. From the fall of 2008
until the fall of 2011, he was a journalism instructor
at the College of the North Atlantic.

In 2009, Campbell worked in Quatar with CNA's Roger Hulan
and graduates Maria Mulcahy/Katie Green to produce a staff recruitment video.

In 2011 Fred was also seconded by the provincial
Rural Secretariat to work as a regional planner.
But in the fall of 2011, he began to
focus exclusively on Ryakuga's grassroots projects.

Campbell was invited by Australia's Open Systems Theory in 2019
for a course in participative democratic design and the Search Conference.
OST, with its acknowledgement of 40.000 years of aboriginal participative practice
became the stepping stone to Grenfell (MUN) Campus' new Transdisciplinary Sustainability
PhD program.

December 2020: Campbell registers Ethical Journalism
( as a Canadian non-profit.

"Building the Seventh Wave: Participatory Development Support Communications
for Community Sustainablity in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador" is informed by Fred's
work in rural NL for three decades of development support communications projects.
Campbell is the "knowledge keeper" of six waves of previous collaborative activities.

This practice is currently stalled and Fred suggests that the new TRSU will provide an opportunity
to work with local partners for the sustainability of local partners and to work together towards
development support communications in support of this shared goal.


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Directed by: CNA-Qatar staff recruitment video

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