NAWSA & stori.es: An Historically Based Semi-Fictional Web Platform Demonstration
NAWSA an historically-basedplatform demonstration
This is a story about the the stori.es platform, and the NationalAmerican Woman Suffrage Association in the final push for anational suffrage amendment. The internet didnt exist in 1917,but this is what the movement could have looked like if it did.
We created this historically-based platform demonstration because:1. We want to demonstrate just how the stori.es platform helps advocates "gather, curate, and use personal stories to effect change."2. The suffrage movement is a great example of personal stories effecting national change.3. Its way more fun than a slideshow full of technical jargon and screenshots!
In 1917, National American Woman Suffrage Association(NAWSA) Organizer Maud Wood Park was in the middle oftheir "Winning Plan" campaign to gain full suffrage for womenthrough a constitutional amendment. The amendment hadalready been voted down twice in the past 50 years.
In order to achieve this goal NAWSA needed to coordinatethe efforts of 36 state organizations, expand their network ofadvocates in reluctant but critical states, and increase thepublic dialogue around the cause of suffrage.
As this is an historical reimagining, lets pretend that Maudehears about the stori.es platform from fellow suffrage organizerand current NAWSA president, Carrie Chapman Catt.
Maud & Carrie realize that stories from suffragettes and supporterswill amplify their organizing strategy- helping to connect storytellerswith the media and political leaders, identifying strong advocates,and encouraging people across the country to talk about suffrage.
After a quick onboarding process, Maude sets up all of NAWSAsstate level organizers with stori.es accounts. Organizers will beable to easily collaborate with each other, despite their widelydispersed locations.
Maud is comfortable knowing that with the stori.es platform, theprivacy of the organization and their advocates is protected, andnone of their information will be sold or used for advertising.
NAWSA staff, introduced to stori.es only a few slides ago, quickly buildcustom questionnaires using the stori.es platform drag and drop"What You See Is What You Get" editor, easily deploying standardquestions for personal information.
Organizers quickly publish theirquestionnaires, and send them tosupporters through email andsocial networking sites. NAWSAasks their membership about theimportance of suffrage, theirvoting and protest experience,and their involvement in the GreatWar.
Women and men across the country share their stories ofsupport for suffrage. NAWSA receives stories from people of allwalks of life - those who already have voting rights, those whodont, those who are participating in local level demonstrations ofsupport, and those participating in the war effort.
Organizers acrossthe nation are able toeasily view storiesas soon as they aresubmitted.
NAWSA organizers can view individual story submissions, includingstoryteller contact information.
The organizers work togetherto apply custom tags andorganize stories intocollections, all with theintent of being able to quicklydeploy the right story to theright place at the right time.The stori.es platform makesit easy to keep track ofmultiple stories submittedby one storyteller.
NAWSA organizers across thenation contact storytellers togauge interest in localadvocacy efforts and verifyfacts, adding notes to storiesand storyteller records tofacilitate communication withstaff members across theorganization, and links todocument published uses of asubmitted story.
The South Carolina NAWSA office receives a very specificrequest from a reporter with the Columbia Gazette, wanting tospeak with a local suffrage supporter who has been to a protest,but not been arrested.
Using the stori.es platformssearch function, which includesgeographic search capabilities,the South Carolina Organizer isable to easily create a collectionof stories from local women(searching specifically within acollection for stories from herstate), and pass those storiesalong to the reporter.
Maud and the NAWSA organizers work with compelling storytellersto develop advocacy skills, and deploy those storytellers across thecountry to speak with elected officials in support of suffrage.
Organizers work with local storytellers to refine their written story,sharing compelling pieces in NAWSA journals and newsletters.
While NAWSAs use of the stori.es platform is fictional,powerful personal stories -- like those of the suffragettes --are a very real and effective part of influencing publicsentiment and creating meaningful change.
And we believe the stori.es platform can help 21st centuryadvocates gather, curate, and use powerful personalstories to effect their own meaningful change.
Find out more on our website. If you are interested inbecoming a beta partner on the stori.es platform, contact us to schedule a full demonstration.