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Introducing: A New Look

Introducing: A New Look


Posted By on Mar 3, 2017

As you’ve probably noticed there’s a new look and feel to this site. I’ve already come clean with my newsletter subscribers, but if you’re relatively new here then know that I’ve developed a slightly new strategy and focus for The Digital Storyteller in the recent months. What’s Different, What’s the Same You’ll still find the usual digital storytelling training and resources...

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Are we entering an age of authoritarianism in American politics? Are sentiments of white nationalism – that seemed to always be on the fringe – now ever-popular and creating an opening for fascism to gain a foothold? Having never lived under a fascist, authoritarian government before I can’t be sure of the signs. But we can learn from our global allies. Strategic Dialogue with Global Leaders I recently had the privilege of...

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What Will Your Obituary Say?

What Will Your Obituary Say?


Posted By on May 14, 2014

I saved this obituary from last summer because it’s such a great example of someone’s life story being told in a captivating way when most other such announcements lend themselves more toward a simple rundown of facts and figures. The Typical Obituary John Smith. 1967-2014. Survived by loving wife, three children, ten grandchildren, and two beloved dogs. Smith served in the Army for five years, then worked 30 at the local...

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My favorite part of freelancing is making clients happy. Sometimes, when they give me direction for a project it doesn’t really click in my brain…the puzzle pieces don’t fit quite right and I spend days searching beautiful design to get that jolt of motivation to get me going. This client was sort of that case and sort of not. I was inspired by the client’s vision for the presentation, but I was missing a piece...

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  I’ve been thinking about success and failure a lot lately. How do we define success? A new promotion? A fat paycheck? A work/life balance that leaves you satisfied with how you’re spending your time? How do we define failure? Not reaching milestones at the same time/age as everyone else? Being fired from your job (whether or not you even like said job)? Working 80 hours a week and still being unable to pay your...

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Last weekend was the 125th anniversary of my adopted hometown’s fantastic art museum. They just debuted a new show called 30 Americans, a moving, inspirational, often breathtaking show by 30 African-American artists. I went by myself to experience the exhibit and, like I usually do, I let my personality join me and ended up pairing my nerdy with my snarky. You see, I tend to read all of the little plaques accompanying the...

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I was recently asked where I find inspiration for digital storytelling. I named off the usual places I go to find great work and examples, but I missed the opportunity to mention a bunch of other places mainly because I tend to find inspiration everywhere. In every tweet, Pinterest board, observed interaction of human behavior in everyday life. Stories are everywhere you look, but sometimes we’re too busy to see. Here are my...

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#ProTip: Read Good Writers

#ProTip: Read Good Writers


Posted By on Jan 29, 2013

The other night I was sitting in bed reading. Not such an unusual moment for me. What was unusual, however, is that I finally took my nose out of my book, looked around, and came to the realization that the other half of my bed was covered in reading material. Mostly non-fiction if that detail is of any interest. Ever since I can remember I’ve read 3-4 books at a time. Maybe I get bored easily. Maybe it’s simply a product...

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