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  1. 1. S T O R Y M A K E R S 2 0 1 7 E v e n t H o s t i n g G u i d e
  2. 2. 03 So You Decided to Host an Event 22 Some Helpful Links to Share for Gathering Media Assets 06 Getting Started with Your Event in a Few Steps Getting to Know Your Options Identify Your Track Recruit Expert Guests 04 About This Guide 14 Conversation Starters and Discussion Prompts 18 Framing and Enhancing Your Event C o n t e n t s Published by TechSoup Storymakers 2017 Event Hosting Guide © Copyright 2017, TechSoup. All rights reserved. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license.
  3. 3. 2 3Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide So You Decided to Host an Event This resource was created to assist you in hosting a Storymakers 2017 discussion or workshop, to provide resources for facilitating your event, and to inspire ideas for engaging attendees in digital story-making. Nice! 3Back to Contents
  4. 4. 4 5Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide About This Guide This guide is designed to help partners, organizations, and individuals host Storymakers events meant to inspire and empower a sense of storytelling throughout your community and membership. Inside this guide you'll find pre-packaged resources, conversation starters, and suggested activities meant to capture the "maker" spirit and spark your creativity.
  5. 5. 6 7Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Getting to Know Your Options TechSoup will support a few options for engagement in one of two identified tracks. Organizers can opt into either a discussion- or workshop-based track, and pick from a menu of activities, discussion guides, and suggested resources to help frame their digital storytelling events. Get Started with Your Event in a Few Easy Steps 1 7Back to Contents
  6. 6. 8 9Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Identify Your Track Organizers can choose between two available tracks of engagement supported by this guide. Presentations and Discussions to educate and inspire Breakout Workshops to facilitate and create These presentations and discussions can be guided by a guest speaker, a local organizer, or an eager volunteer. They seek to create opportunities to educate on how to tell a digital story, and to show you examples of powerful storytelling. These workshops can be guided by a guest speaker, a local organizer, or an eager volunteer. They seek to create opportunities for digital creation and targeted collaborative learning. They should be hands on, and production based. The above YouTube lessons can be used for this as well! Check Out Our Educate Workshop Starter Kit on Pinterest This Pinterest board includes TechSoup and community resources like how-tos, blog posts, webinars, and recorded video content meant to inspire you. 2 Lessons for Storytellers YouTube Playlist This YouTube playlist contains a range of lessons to educate your community on the basics of storytelling. You can choose between more traditional storytelling tutorials, or go into more depth using Adobe Spark. All of these videos can be used at your events as discussion and workshop materials to inspire and motivate. a b
  7. 7. 10 11Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Check Out the Create Workshop Starter Kit on Pinterest This Pinterest board includes TechSoup and community resources, how-tos, blog posts, webinars, videos, and tools. Recruit Expert Guests Local organizers should look at their contacts in media, journalism, film, or digital production to recruit as expert guests to speak at their digital storytelling–themed event. If you don't know anyone personally, a good place to start your search is with LinkedIn shared connections, with Facebook friends of friends, or by looking at followers of various notable storytellers on Twitter. Do you know a local photographer, a local news reporter, a university educator on film or media, a film student, an artist, or a tech geek doing interesting work in digital production? Enlist their expertise. If you're still stuck, or need ideas for possible experts, contact storymakers@ techsoupglobal.org, and we'll be more than happy to try and help you find a guest expert for your group. 3 11Back to Contents
  8. 8. 12 13Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Here's some sample email copy to send to potential experts and guest speakers Hi <name>, it's nice to e-meet you. I run a local community-based meetup around nonprofit technology, and we're featuring emerging storytelling tools. We thought you'd have a lot to contribute to the community based on your area of expertise. We'd love to feature you as a speaker! Here's a bit more about the event: [insert your own ideas] It would be lovely to have you on as a guest to discuss the work that you do, and the service you provide the community. I'd love to discuss this with you further. 12 Back to Contents Storymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide
  9. 9. 14 15Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Conversation Starters and Discussion Prompts What is digital storytelling? And how is it different from non-digital storytelling? What makes a good story? What is your favorite mobile app for story publishing? Instagram? Adobe Spark? Cinemagram? How does mobile storytelling change the landscape of digital storytelling? What is the impact of citizen journalism reported by any person on the street with a phone, particularly on quality and access? The following are some sample questions that you could use to prompt discussion on your panel or to inspire dialogue and reflection among your attendees. 14 Back to Contents
  10. 10. 16 17Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide What does storytelling for nonprofits currently look like? Who are some nonprofits doing digital storytelling right? What are some brands that are doing digital storytelling right? Who should you empower at your organization to tell your stories? What are some of your favorite examples of digital storytelling? What sorts of stories should nonprofits tell?
  11. 11. 18 19Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Interactive Ideas Engage the members of the audience in activities that heighten their senses and connect them to specific tools. For example, think of innovative ways to incorporate opportunities for spontaneous storytelling in the discussion or workshop. Consider prompting audience members to update their Facebook status in unison with a specific message like: "This is my story." Use a common Twitter hashtag (we suggest #Storymakers2017) for your event so audience members can tweet anecdotes via their mobile devices. Perhaps you want everyone in your audience to create a quick video on Adobe Spark, or post a group pic on Instagram. Have them pull out their phones, create, and tag using a common hashtag. We also suggest these ideas Storytelling Booth Perhaps you have some skilled videographers in your midst? Enlist their help in capturing real- time stories of workshop attendees in action. Put a chair up against a cool background in the corner of the room; invite attendees over one by one to ask them a few questions about their experience. Use your phone to capture their stories. Post and share their responses on YouTube! Try keeping their reactions to under 60 seconds. Crowd-posting to Instagram Encourage attendees to capture and post one photo to Instagram that speaks to a phrase like, "What inspires you in this room!" Crowd-post Your First Experience Using Adobe Spark Adobe Spark is a mobile graphic app that allows you to turn your ideas into powerful social graphics and animated videos. Invite all attendees to download the free app and tag their first post using one of your group hashtags! Framing and Enhancing Your Event
  12. 12. 20 21Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Document Your Event Your event is a storytelling opportunity — so don't forget to capture the moments in between by snapping a few pictures! Take action shots of attendees in various stages of production. You can even capture quotable quotes from the audience and share them on social media after. Please be sure to share your captures with us at storymakers@techsoupglobal.org and tag them "Storymakers2017" when you upload to sites like Flickr or Instagram. Maintain the Conversation Online Always remember to have a system for collecting contact information at your event, like a Meetup sign-in or a basic sheet of paper to collect names and emails. Follow up with audience members and co-sponsor organizations in the days after — you've worked too hard to let those relationships disappear! Also, sharing on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube after the event can help you keep your audience up to date and engaged with digital storytelling happenings throughout the network.
  13. 13. 22 23Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Some Helpful Links to Share for Gathering Media Assets On Copyright and Fair Use http://copyright.cornell.edu/policies/docs/Fair_Use_Checklist.pdf http://copyright.cornell.edu/policies/docs/Copyright_Guidelines.pdf Creative Commons ImageStamper http://creativecommons.org/image General Search Creative Commons Search http://search.creativecommons.org Music/Audio Creative Commons Audio http://creativecommons.org/audio Opsound http://www.opsound.org Partners in Rhyme http://www.partnersinrhyme.com
  14. 14. 24 25Back to Contents Back to ContentsStorymakers 2017 | Event Hosting Guide Images BigFoto http://www.bigfoto.com Dreamstime http://www.dreamstime.com/ freephotos Free Images http://www.freeimages.com Translation Amara http://www.amara.org/en/ Translation for Progress http://www.translationsforprogress.org/index.php TranslatorsCafé.com http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/default.asp Open Photo http://openphoto.net Compfight http://compfight.com
  15. 15. After studying journalism and comparative religion at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Alexandra (Ale) Bezdikian was given a fellowship with Mother Jones Magazine where she produced videos as well as fronted their outreach communications department. Ale is TechSoup's Storyteller and Accessibility enthusiast, where she creates digital media and writes about storytelling and accessible technology. You can find her online as @alebez. This resource guide was written by Ale Bezdikian and designed by Jeff Li. Ale Bezdikian
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