By 2017, video will account for 69% of all consumer internet traffic, according to Cisco. Going through the endless statistics available on the subject, one is hard pressed to find any indicator other than those that point to rapid growth. With online video becoming a key means for people to satisfy their information and entertainment needs, anyone, from small businesses to non profits, that fails to include it as a part of their on-line presence does so at their own peril. To begin with, a 3 to 4 minute video can communicate 10 or more pages of text and can do so in a far more compelling and connective way. Most importantly, it is simply become how people acquire information in today's world and with this in mind, we here at CIES, have adopted the video mantra and having produced dozens of videos over the last calendar year.
CIES also recently came across Ahlain, a not-for-profit group founded right here in Calgary in November 2015 by Cesar Agudelo, Esmahan Razavi and Jon Yee. These three Calgarian young professionals came together in order to provide a high-tech way to assist refugees and immigrants with their settlement experience. Cesar, Esmahan and Jon have also partnered with Trevor Doerksen, CEO and founder of Mobovivo in order to create an app to host the informational videos being created by Ahlain. Just getting underway, below are two of the three videos released by the group, spoken in Arabic with English captions.We look forward to seeing more from Ahlain and for more information visit their website.