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A presentation I gave at the 2009 Non profit Technology Networking Conference, teaching other non profit organizations how best to capture their organization's stories and share them with others. The presentation focuses on a case study of my work in Uganda and Ethiopia collecting stories for a women's microfinance program.

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  1. 1. Putting storytelling strategy into practice Presented by Michaela Guerin Hackner April 27, 2009 Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 0
  2. 2. 1. Storytelling in the field: a case study Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 1
  3. 3. Storytelling in the field Regardless of where we work, there are often amazing stories to tell… Uganda Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 2
  4. 4. Go the distance Identify a good story….. Ethiopia Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 3
  5. 5. The story ….At the beginning of the interview she proudly writes her long name on a piece of paper without hesitation - quite a feat for a woman with little education and only four months of literacy training. … Alexanderena Nanzala Uganda Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 4
  6. 6. 2. Empowering others to tell your story Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 5
  7. 7. Identifying a good storyteller Choose someone who: • Has access. • Is passionate and curious. • Can tell the story from the perspective of the subject. • Has the time to tell the story. Ethiopia Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 6
  8. 8. Storytelling toolkit Develop a storytelling toolkit that can be shared with staff members. Include: • Guidelines for how to identify a success story. • Tools and translator if necessary. • A list of questions. • How to write a good success story. • Past examples. Kenya Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 7
  9. 9. Providing a platform for recognition http://worthwomen.typepad.com Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 8
  10. 10. 3. Sharing your story Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 9
  11. 11. Low-bandwidth storytelling • Blogs • Flickr and photos slideshows (PictoBrowser) • PDF Handouts for download • Twitter • Facebook fan pages • Slideshare presentation or an embedded slideshow on your site (e.g. Sound Slides) Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 10
  12. 12. Celebrate your successes Market your stories, and you never know who might pick them up. …or what might happen next. Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 11
  13. 13. Questions? Contact Information: Michaela Guerin Hackner mhackner@forumone.com 703.548.1855 x47 Better Online Storytelling – Putting Storytelling Strategy into Practice April 27, 2009 12

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