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Media Rise is a global collective that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.

We believe in the power of positive storytelling, media, art and design to make the world a better place.


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We empower people to create and consume meaningful media that promotes universal human values, such as compassion, empathy and respect.

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We encourage collaboration between
cause-driven creatives, media professionals, educators, government and nonprofit leaders to amplify their collective impact.

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We celebrate success stories of how storytellers have unleashed the power of
media to accelerate
social change.



Erica Schlaikjer

Creative Director

Erica Schlaikjer lead creative strategy, branding and marketing for Media Rise. She is a writer,
editor and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology,
design and social change. She has transitioned off from the leadership team in 2016.


Executive Director

Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian guides the overall strategic vision for Media Rise. She is an award-winning media scholar, professor, and educator. Her scholarship addresses pressing contemporary global issues relating to media, diversity, and social justice.

Mandar Apte

Partnerships Director

Mandar Apte helps build strategic alliances for Media Rise worldwide. He is the winner of the inaugural Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs. He has been an invited speaker at TEDx, Knowledge@Wharton and Aspen Ideas Festival.

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