Independence Live is a grassroots collective. We have a main group in Glasgow and Edinburgh with individuals across Scotland, Europe and the USA who contribute.
We started around November 2013 during the Scottish independence referendum by Kevin Gibney and Derek McLean. Our initial goals were to provide a news media platform through livestreaming for the independence movement and also to get more people involved in livestreaming.
Independence Live now covers a wide variety of events that affect us all like fracking, universal basic income, trident, health, land reform, social and economic issues and international coverage*. We have broadcast over 1000 livestreams since November 2013.
*Some people we have interviewed: Noam Chomsky, Yanis Varoufakis, Liz Castro, Michael Strubell, Josh Fox and many more...
We also work in partnership with some of the new Scottish media like CommonSpace, Bella Caledonia and many online grassroot groups to get our livestreams further distributed as well as offering our livestreaming service to them. Additional content includes videos produced from our work and a blogging platform for individuals within or outwith Independence Live.
As equally as important to us as livestreaming is to educate and encourage others on how to livestream whether they are part of Independence Live or not. You can use the most basic of equipment like phones or tablets, or a more sophisticated setup using cameras, sound equipment, computers and software. We can offer help on livestreaming over phone, the email, Skype etc or get people into our Glasgow office.