American INSIGHT, Inc.

"Give the Future a Voice!"

Penn Valley, PA   |  https://www.americaninsight.org

Mission

American INSIGHT's mission is to promote insight into the history and values of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.

Notes from the nonprofit

American INSIGHT addresses its mission through a global Free Speech Film Festival (with its prestigious Free Speech Award); its Free Speech Storyline that traces the history of Free Speech back to the signing of the Magna Carta in 2015, and its historical Free Speech Archives of the Spoken Word. Discover more here: www.AmericanINSIGHT.org and www.FreeSpeechFilmFestival.org

Ruling year info

1985

Founder & Chairman

Margaret Chew Barringer

President + Treasurer

Robert Emmons Haskell

Main address

Box 347

Penn Valley, PA 19072 USA

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Formerly known as

American Poetry Center

EIN

23-2315158

NTEE code info

Censorship, Freedom of Speech and Press Issues (R63)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence (V26)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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American INSIGHT's mission is to add insight into the history and values of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in order to preserve, promote, and protect individual rights.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

FREE SPEECH FILM FESTIVAL

American INSIGHT’s annual Free Speech Film Festival Festival provides an outlet for individuals to tell their stories through films that speak out against injustice and connect Free Speech to the advancement of democratic ideals. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to submit films demonstrating what Free Speech, Resistance, and the Rule of Law means to them. All films submitted are judged independently. Only one Free Speech Award-winning film is selected each year.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHT’s annual Free Speech Award recognizes one film and filmmaker, one or more individuals, or one organization each year that best portrays an issue relevant to the core principles of Free Speech, Resistance, and the Rule of Law. The annual Free Speech Award Ceremony showcases the Award winner and their featured issue with a film screening and/or a discussion panel that includes prominent leaders from the fields of government, entertainment, law, science and the arts. The Free Speech Award winner is showcased in perpetuity on American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Storyline, which traces the stories of individuals who have given their lives to promote individual rights and personal freedom since the Rule of Law began with the signing of England’s Magna Carta in 1215.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech Storyline presents an interactive and educational timeline of historically significant achievements in the advancement of Free Speech, Resistance, and the Rule of Law from the sealing of Magna Carta in England in 1215 to the present day. It provides a wealth of knowledge about the personal sacrifices and challenges inherent in establishing and maintaining these fundamental rights within a democratic society.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHT's Internship Program fills a critical need in our nation’s television and film production industry by providing real world experience in film festival and events management, archival research, audio and video production opportunities, fundraising, community involvement, and social media outreach. Interns are paid on an hourly basis or receive academic credit.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adults

American INSIGHT’s Free Speech ARCHIVE contains rare video footage, audio tapes, historical research, documentaries, interviews and raw unedited original materials produced and collected by American INSIGHT during its 30 year period of promoting Free Speech and the Spoken Word.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

American INSIGHT's educational goals include the following:
a. To provide a platform for audiences to connect Free Speech and individual liberty to the principles of democratic government;
b. To stimulate visibility that will advance the global free speech movement and provide a beacon of hope for individuals seeking free expression in repressive societies;
c. To educate the public about the origin of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in America;
d. To promote Philadelphia as the birthplace of Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law in America

To accomplish American INSIGHT's goals, our activities include the following:
a. Conduct an annual online Free Speech Film Festival around the world;
b. Invite judges across America and around the world for judging of incoming films submitted to our online Free Speech Film Festival;
c. Conduct a final "Official Selection" Screening Series of the six final Free Speech Award-winning films with open judging to decide on the final Free Speech Award-winning film each year;
d. Broadcast and record an annual online Free Speech Award Ceremony in which both the filmmaker and the final Award-winning film are featured along with other notable speakers;
e. Honor the Free Speech Award-winning films through all of American INSIGHT's social media outlets for a period of one year;
f. Showcase the annual Free Speech Award-winning film into American INSIGHT's online Free Speech Storyline that traces Free Speech, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law back to the Magna Carta in 1215;
f. Continue to incorporate all footage and documentation into American INSIGHT's Free Speech Archives, first established in 1985.
LEARN MORE about all of these programs here: www.americaninsight.org

American INSIGHT has a 38 year record of producing public events, seminars, films and ceremonies that honor Free Speech and the Spoken Word. Our annual Free Speech Film Festival attracts films from around around the world, and culminates in an annual Free Speech Award Ceremony. Now that American INSIGHT has become all-virtual, our Internship Program has been accepted by over 50 colleges and universities across America.

American INSIGHT's online activities are closely monitored by our Board of Directors. Our Internship program was initiated in 2001, and by now, dozens of university students have participated in our social media outreach and multi-media production capabilities. American INSIGHT's new Fellowship program employs college graduates to continue ongoing historical into the history of Free Speech, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in America.

American INSIGHT's Board of Directors has initiated a widespread effort to include community members in the management and promotion of the Free Speech Film Festival and Free Speech Award Ceremony. Our annual Free Speech Award events include the following:

SEPTEMBER 20, 2020: American INSIGHT's 2020 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place online for the first time. Director Wanjiru Njendu joined us from Hollywood to accept the Free Speech Award and screen her film, "BOXED," based on the true story of an enslaved man who mailed himself to freedom in Philadelphia in 1849.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019: "SUPPRESSED: THE FIGHT TO VOTE" won the 2019 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place at Cliveden of the National Trust in Germantown. Director Robert Greenwald was interviewed by former NBC + CNN Bureau Chief, Karen Curry.

NOVEMBER 14, 2018: American INSIGHT's 2018 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place in the Kislak Center in the VanPelt Library of University of Pennsylvania. Moderated by American INSIGHT Board member and former NBC + CNN Bureau Chief, Karen Curry, the event featured two minority students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida from the Free Speech Award-winning "TEAM ENOUGH," and Robert Disney from the Brady Campaign on the topic of preventing gun violence in America.

DECEMBER 6, 2017: American INSIGHT's 2017 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place in the historic Justice Owen Roberts Room in the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery McCracken. Speakers included ACLU's BEN WIZNER, Award-winning British Filmmaker, TARQUIN RAMSAY, and was moderated by former NBC + CNN Bureau Chief, Karen Curry.

DECEMBER 7, 2016: American INSIGHT's 2016 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place in the historic Justice Owen Roberts Room in the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery McCracken. Australian film, I WILL NOT BE SILENCED, produced by Judy Rymer, won the 2016 Free Speech Award.

NOVEMBER 11, 2015: American INSIGHT's 2015 Free Speech Award Ceremony took place in the historic Justice Owen Roberts Room in the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery McCracken.” Honor Diaries," a film that features nine women's rights advocates with roots in Muslim-majority societies, won the 2015 Free Speech Award, and members of the film's production team answered questions from the audience.

JULY/ AUGUST, 2015: 38 judges in 6 states and 4 countries reviewed 90 films from 26 countries that were submitted to American INSIGHT's 2015 Free Speech Film Festival; judges were chosen on the basis of their multi-cultural and multi-generational backgrounds. Seven "Official Selection" films were chosen based on the consensus of these anonymous judges.

MARCH 25, 2014: Co-sponsored by Delaware Humanities Forum, American INSIGHT's 2012 Free Speech Award-winning film, "Free China: The Courage to Believe" was screened, and members of its production team spoke about the practice of Live Organ Harvesting in China. David Kilgour, former Canadian Parliamentarian, joined us for the evening.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Based on feedback from a college-age Intern at American INSIGHT, we applied to HANDSHAKE in 2020 and were immediately accepted by over 50 colleges and universities across America! We hired 4 more Interns to create our new online Communications Lab.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American INSIGHT, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 12/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Margaret Chew Barringer

American INSIGHT, Inc.

Robert Haskell

Siemens Healthcare, Retired

Michael Wood

Princeton University

Karen Curry

Drexel University

Keith Lyons

Morris Arboretum

Pradyuman Kodavatiganti

William Madeira

Jan McGovern

Matthew McGovern

Brenda Nixon

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2020

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.