Neil MacInnes-Barker ‘11 never took a film class while at UMass Boston, or in his time as an Air Force veteran, union organizer, and property manager. In fact, he has not even owned a TV since 1993. It was a personal interest in civic engagement, an opportunity to be a student leader, and UMass Boston’s focus on civic engagement that inspired MacInnes-Barker to create his own film and multimedia company, Innovative Perspectives Collaborative (IPC), to teach people about civic engagement.
“I’ve always wanted to engage individuals with their government and with each other. I found that film was the most efficient and effective way to do that,” MacInnes-Barker said.
The goal of IPC is to simplify and streamline communication, giving citizens the chance to connect with legislators on issues such as education, homelessness, and veterans affairs.
Learn about IPC’s projects in this video.
While at UMass Boston, MacInnes-Barker served as the undergraduate student body president. He also spoke at the 2011 groundbreaking of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which will open in March.
“UMass Boston really brought out in me the leader that was already there. I have so much gratitude to this institution for doing that,” MacInnes-Barker said. “It really brought me to what I’m doing today. It really brought me to civic engagement, to doing film, to working on an app, to everything that I’m doing right now.”