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DataBasic: A new suite of tools for working and telling stories with data - Storybench

DataBasic: A new suite of tools for working and telling stories with data - Storybench | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
How many times has the President used the word “innovation” in the State of the Union speech? How different are those speeches across presidencies? And how do I start to decipher a complicated spreadsheet with columns and rows full of numbers? Enter DataBasic, a new suite of easy-to-use tools for working with and pulling stories [...]
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Geolocation: Two Photographers' Heartbreaking Visualization of Tweets

Geolocation: Two Photographers' Heartbreaking Visualization of Tweets | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
In 2007, photographers Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman began Geolocation,
a nationwide project, tracking the locations of hundreds of tweets from
around the United States, Canada and the UK and making photographs to mark
their location in the real world. Working long distance, the photographers'
collaborative process explores the massive, rapid collection of often
incredibly personal data, grounding it in physical form. The images,
ranging from roadside slices of America not unlike Sternfeld's America
Prospects, to lonely, unspecific landscapes, give a heartbreaking window
into contemporary isolation and the need to connect in a time in which
everyone is at our fingertips. The culmination of their work was recently
pared down to a wonderful publication of more than 70 photos published by
Jennifer Schwartz and David Bram's Flash Powder Projects, and includes
essays by Julia Dolan,  Kate Palmer Albers, Jamie Allen, Chad Alligood,
Mark Alice Durant, Paul Soulellis, Michael Wolf and Natalie Zelt. We spent
some time (virtually, of course) with Marni and Nate over email to learn
more about their work and its implications. 
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Best Practices: How To Use The Culture Map

Best Practices: How To Use The Culture Map | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Since Dave Gray and Strategyzer launched the Culture Map, thousands of
people around the world have downloaded the tool to help them design their
corporate culture. In this post, we collected 7 best practices from Dave
Gray and Alex Osterwalder for using the Culture Map in collaborative
sessions.
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All Stories Are the Same

All Stories Are the Same | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.
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Street Artists and Muralists to Paint All 314 Threatened North American Birds

Street Artists and Muralists to Paint All 314 Threatened North American Birds | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
The Audubon Mural Project is betting birds can win hearts and minds in the battle over climate change
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450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising

450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Best of the Best
Every year, I try to look for some of the more interesting and effective emails that nonprofits send me in December. Here are the best of the best from 2015!

Best Subject Line Award goes to Oxfam America Ambassador Aziz Ansari for his "Bad fruitcake news, Steve" message. Perfect combination of humor, personalization, and attitude that we've come to expect from this holiday campaign.

Best Expectation Management: Environmental Defense Fund for their email series that told me exactly how many messages were on the way (e.g. [2 of 5] and it created a mini serialization in my inbox.

Best Innovation in Graphics: This one goes to Lifeline Children's Services for showing a giving pyramid inside the email noting how many gifts of each level they had received and still needed to get. Very innovative and clever way to turn something only seen by fundraisers to help drive year-end gifts.

Best Looking Emails: This is a tie between the Museum of Modern Art and charity: water for showing that you can still design beautiful emails despite all the constraints.

Best Use of Mobile: Online donations on a mobile device should surpass 10% in 2015 and that makes mobile friendly emails that much more important. The Humane Society of the United States gets the award for Best-Email-That-Looked-Like-The-CEO-Sent-It-From-An-iPhone message. The Nature Conservancy gets the Best Text Message Award for the second year in a row. Sadly, there were a lot more mobile unfriendly emails than those that work well on a mobile device.
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How Images Trigger Empathy

How Images Trigger Empathy | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
People need to actually see what others are going through to feel compassion.
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NYPL Public Domain Release 2016 - Visualization

NYPL Public Domain Release 2016 - Visualization | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
On January 6th, 2016, The New York Public Library made over 187K digital items in the public domain available for high resolution download. This is one of a number of demonstration projects illustrating creative reuse of public domain materials.
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How cool is this!!

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The Changing Story

The Changing Story | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Very basic but could be useful for folks trying out digital storytelling for the first time in classrooms

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7 Steps for Mapping Out a Visual Storytelling Strategy Worth Savoring

7 Steps for Mapping Out a Visual Storytelling Strategy Worth Savoring | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
It’s easy for a brand’s marketing to fall prey to the content fatigue audiences are suffering from. Learn how to map out a strategy that combines quality information, distinctive graphics and smart promotion to overcome the overload.
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The Kids: Children of L.G.B.T. Parents

The Kids: Children of L.G.B.T. Parents | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
I have been photographing and interviewing subjects who were raised by one or more gay parent these past four years. Here are their stories. And my own.
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Share Your Story / Testimonials

Share Your Story / Testimonials | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it

The Campaign for Youth Justice is deeply committed to cultivating spokespersons to tell the story why children should not be treated the same as adults are in the criminal justice system. If interested learning more about CFYJ or interested on joining our Spokesperson Bureau can email info@cfyj.org or call (202) 558-3580.

Read CFYJ’s Publication on Sharing Your Personal Story.

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Vermont Story Lab!

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Animated Map Path for Interactive Storytelling | Codrops

Animated Map Path for Interactive Storytelling | Codrops | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
An interactive journey where a Canvas map path is animated according to the content that is scrolled on the page.
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STory maps Using Canvas

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How to Tell Stories that Influence People and Inspire Action — IDEO Stories — Medium

How to Tell Stories that Influence People and Inspire Action - IDEO Stories - Medium
Steal these tips from seasoned IDEO storytellers
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Online Guide: Creating A Toolkit For Nonprofit Fundraising - CauseVox

Online Guide: Creating A Toolkit For Nonprofit Fundraising - CauseVox | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Creating a toolkit is a great way to engage your supporters and spread the word about your campaign. Here's what you need to know!
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Stories that force us to think about our deepest values activate a region of the brain once thought to be its autopilot

Stories that force us to think about our deepest values activate a region of the brain once thought to be its autopilot | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Everyone has at least a few non-negotiable values. These are the things that, no matter what the circumstance, you'd never compromise for any reason - such as "I'd never hurt a child," or "I'm against the death penalty."
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India Disability Gender Empowerment Program - USAID Stories

India Disability Gender Empowerment Program - USAID Stories | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
USAID has a long history of support for people with disabilities. In India, one woman is fighting violence and standing up to discrimination.
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Great example of storytelling for change

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Which Words Matter The Most When You Talk

Which Words Matter The Most When You Talk | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Language, like anything else, can be hacked for greater effectiveness. Here are some techniques to make your wordsyour best tool at workmore powerful.
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Where Does Storytelling Fit in Your Digital Content Strategy?

Where Does Storytelling Fit in Your Digital Content Strategy? | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
if there is one resolution you commit to this year, make it brand storytelling. Here's why.
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5 Beautiful Examples of Compelling Nonprofit Storytelling

5 Beautiful Examples of Compelling Nonprofit Storytelling | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Nonprofit storytelling is an essential part of your communication efforts. Here are five awesome examples of nonprofit storytelling to inspire your own.
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Rural Diaries Online: Experience Daily Life in the Backwoods

Rural Diaries Online: Experience Daily Life in the Backwoods | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Catharine Anne Wilson The opening pages of the diary of Benjamin Freure (1836-42) are full of hope, as he travels from England across the Atlantic with his family to start a new life. Upon reaching the backwoods of Wellington County, his tone changes as he tackles the serious business of clearing the land, raising a…
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"You can engage the website in three ways. The MEET THE DIARISTS section provides a brief overview of each diarist.  You can search this table by county, ethnicity and occupation to find diaries online or in other archives that suit your interests."


Great project!

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What to expect from data storytelling in 2016

What to expect from data storytelling in 2016 | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Five years ago, data journalism focused on rich interactives designed primarily for a monitor or laptop screen. Those interactives were complete applications, destinations to be browsed to. The world has changed. We scroll through streams and streams of content, quickly, on sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Buzzfeed. This has led to an increase in "scrollytelling": using scrolling to reveal videos, sounds and animations which flow into and out of the story text.
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How Stories Deceive - The New Yorker

How Stories Deceive - The New Yorker | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Maria Konnikova writes about how con artists take advantage of the power of narrative.
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SAGE - National Programs - SAGE Story

SAGE - National Programs - SAGE Story | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
SAGE Story works with LGBT older people to collect their stories and provide them with the skills and platforms to advocate on their own behalf. Our ultimate goals are to open up people’s minds, help change the laws that govern this country and ensure that the systems that all of us rely on become more welcoming to our communities.
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Keep it Simple—Why You Should Be Able to Explain Your Content Strategy in Three Sentences Or Less

Keep it Simple—Why You Should Be Able to Explain Your Content Strategy in Three Sentences Or Less | Nonprofit Storytelling | Scoop.it
Why are you in business? Why should anyone care? What do you do that helps people? Answers to these questions will help refine your content strategy.
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