Civic Studios is based in Mumbai, India and was incubated at the MIT Media Lab, USA.
Democracies function well when citizens and government work together. Like any good relationship, this depends on mutual trust, empathy, and participation.
We believe the media is an important part of this bond. Not just in carrying information too and fro, but in representing perspectives, problems, and possible solutions.
We’re particularly driven by the power of entertainment. A good story and set of characters can bring attention to ignored issues, create awareness of rights and duties, and model exemplary actions to help ‘fix-the-system’.
Through our research and media production here at Civic Studios, we aim to build bridges between citizens, government and public institutions, and in turn help strengthen the democracies we live in.
Pocket Change is our all-new Hindi digital comedy channel that creates relatable, short form, comedy content for young Indians with civic engagement at its heart. The channel uses humour to empower young Indians on topics like laws, policy, governance and policing.
We create stories about citizen engagement, public institutions reform, and ways to strengthen democracy at large. Our formats vary across short and long-form fiction and creative non-fiction, in mediums such as films, web-series, TV, radio, and digital media.
We conduct in-depth research into specific social and civic issues for creative content development. We also study representation of civics in popular entertainment, conduct media impact evaluations, and engage with the creative industry on ideas of civic entertainment.