We use the power of immersive storytelling to create positive social change. We shed light on the lives of everyday people struggling to survive today’s gravest humanitarian crises. Because we believe that immersive storytelling leads to empathy — and empathy leads to action.
We are Lightshed.
We collaborate with individuals, organizations, and corporations to tell stories like they’ve never been told before. Together, we're committed to using emerging technologies like Virtual Reality to inspire meaningful action: through our films, portals, exhibits, and more.
Gabo Arora served the senior creative advisor for immersive storytelling / VR for UN agencies including the World Food Programme and UNICEF Innovation; and is Founder & President of LightShed, a virtual reality and social impact start-up; and an award-winning filmmaker.
He is the founder of LightShed.
Barry Pousman is co-founder and CEO of Variable Labs, an immersive media company focused on fostering empathy for positive behavior change. His clients include Google, XPRIZE, the UN and other top-tier organizations and companies where he creates Virtual Reality content, platforms, and activations.
He is our technical and content lead, and knows just about everything about VR.
Alexey Sokolin is an entrepreneur with senior operating and board-level Fintech experience in digital advice, personal finance, and wealth management.
He has brought LightShed's business strategy out of the dark and into the light.
In The Last Goodbye, powerful personal testimony of the Holocaust is preserved for the first time in poignant, room-scale VR, as survivor Pinchas Gutter takes audiences with him on his final visit to Majdanek, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp where his parents and sister were murdered during World War II.
"Preserving history is more necessary now than ever." - Wired
Ground Beneath Her is a virtual reality film that showcases the struggle of 14-year-old Sabita. More than a year after the earthquake, Sabita must balance the pain of picking up the pieces after the devastating quake and fulfilling the everyday duties of a fractured home, all while trying to keep her dreams for her future alive.
"Ground Beneath Her shows the fragility of dreams and the incredible resiliency of people—even children." - Vice
In Gaza, foundations are built, destroyed, and built again. This VR experience follows a mother attempting to cope with the loss of her two children, victims of a shelling attack on her children’s school.
"VR can wake people up to issues they don’t encounter every day, or give them perspective they don’t get in the news." - Wired
After surviving a bout with the deadly disease that stole the lives of her family, Decontee, a Liberian native, uses her immunity to help children orphaned by Ebola. This VR experience follows her story from illness to recovery, mourning to perseverance.
“This ebola documentary shows virtual reality’s radical potential.” - Wired
Lightshed's latest immersive storytelling projects focus on a range of issues from around the world. As with all of our collaborations, we hope our films and stories will bring greater empathy for these pressing problems and spark meaningful action.
"We're barely at the beginning of this medium... It is fascinating to think about and talk about what forms of storytelling will evolve." - Spike Jonze
Through an innovative collaboration with ArtScape in Ontario, we designed to sustain interest and support for refugees to ensure their successful resettlement in Canada.
View how Sidra changed the conversation on refugee resettlement in Canada here: https://youtu.be/HCTqooZAaLM
LightShed worked with the UN's Support Mission in Libya to train local staff and citizens on how to create meaningful virtual reality experiences to deepen understanding of the current conflict in Libya.
View how we brought VR to Libya here: https://youtu.be/mkCK1dspFF0
Alongside Oculus, LightShed helped design VR for Good in 2016 by pairing 10 rising filmmakers with 10 nonprofits to champion a variety of social missions while telling their stories in VR.
More here on the project: https://www.oculus.com/vr-for-good/creators-lab/
LightShed has supported a number of private sector companies on training and development of VR content, including Procter and Gamble and Google, and continues to advise on building cutting-edge, empathy-building content.