Introducing the stori.es platform from Consumers Union
a cloud-based platform to gather, curate, and use stories to effect change
what is stori.es? stori.es is a cloud-based platform to gather, curate, and use stories to effect change.• Quickly create and publish questionnaires to gather stories and information on any subject• Stories are received and available in real time• Search and organize stories in ways that make sense for your organization and for your individual staff members• Utilize stories for outreach and to further your organizations mission• Learn about, connect with, and build your organizations membership• A cloud-hosted solution - no need for technical staff to install and keep it running
who is building stori.es?The stori.es platform is developed by Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher ofConsumer Reports. Consumers Union was founded in 1936 to combat deceptiveadvertising practices, and today we continue to work for "a fair, just, and safemarketplace for all consumers." We work on consumer protection legislationaround the country and at the federal level, and have years of experiencecollecting and utilizing stories from our activists. We use stori.es to identify idealstorytellers who can share their personal experience with journalists, electedofficials, and others who may have had similar experiences. Communicatingstorytellers personal experiences through the media, with lawmakers, and toother consumers in an organized, sustainable way has helped us achieve a rangeof legislative and marketplace victories from safer hospitals to simpler credit cardcontracts. stori.es encodes our learning and expertise in a platform that can be leveraged by other organizations to accomplish their missions.
stori.es is a platform for gathering stories There are lots of quality survey tools out there, but none focused on the art of storytelling.• Quickly and simply build any kind of questionnaire. Organizers with minimal technical knowledge can build and publish a request for stories in 15 minutes.• Embed questionnaires on your domain, or securely host within our scalable infrastructure.• When hosting with us, well build "themes" for your questionnaires to exactly mirror the look and feel of your websites.• Collected data is secure and owned by you.• Integrate stori.es with your Customer Relations Management database (CRM), starting with Convio in 2013.
Questionnaire Builder Quickly and simply build any kind of questionnaire with minimal technical knowledge. Drag-and-dropquestions into place with our "What You See Is What You Get" editor while reusing standard questions to gather personal information.
stori.es is a platform for curating storiesGathering stories is the first step - and too many storytelling initiatives stop there. Curation is the art of efficiently organizing information into a searchable and actionable form for both the near- and long-term.• Review responses to questionnaires in real time• Organize stories into collections centered on any theme• Stories can be added to multiple collections• Add tags to stories and collections to facilitate organization• Edit stories for reader clarity with integrated revision tracking• Robust search capabilities with dynamic filtering in 2013
View Stories in a Collection in Real TimeCollections enable your staff to organize the submitted stories around flexible topics or needs of your choosing. Submitted stories are immediately viewable, and easily to preview.
Add Notes to Submitted StoriesAdd notes to individual stories and storyteller records to document outreach to individual storytellers, as part of your vetting process, or to facilitate communication with other staff members.
Add Tags to Organize StoriesYou can tag stories and collections, then easily search on those tags to surface content.
stori.es is a platform for using storiesComplete the feedback cycle by using gathered stories to build relationships with your members while working to effect change.• Scan and read gathered stories to learn about your members• Identify strong candidates for volunteer and leadership positions• Access and update storyteller contact information to facilitate communication• Add notes to stories and storyteller records to track communications, referrals to media or legislators, and to enable asynchronous communication throughout your organization• Publish collections of stories to your website in 2013
stori.es is a platform for effecting change Use the stori.es platform to:• Identify ideal storytellers while enhancing your organizations vetting process• Refer storytellers to journalists and legislators to socialize and promote your organizations positions• Engage your members and monitor member sentiment by asking for feedback• Enable strong candidates to self-identify - storytellers want to help• Tell your organizations story through the stories of your members• ... How can your organization use the personal stories of your membership?
stori.es is a platform for organizationsThe stori.es platform beta cycle begins in 2013. We are looking for strategic partners to provide feedback while using stori.es to enhance their storytelling programs - for free.
find out more about stori.es Find out more on our website or contact us to schedule a demonstration and to initiate dialogue on becoming a beta partner. stori.es @stori_es email@example.com 512-808-8008 Thank you!