Storykiosk at Boston Mini Maker Faire: Family Puppet Shows

Storykiosk at Boston Mini Maker Faire: Family Puppet Shows

What a great time this weekend setting up our Storykiosk at Boston Mini Maker Faire with 42 Design Fab. The idea: families make puppets together from wooden spoons, and then record their spontaneous puppet shows on Storykiosk, projecting their images on a story waterfall (see images below). I was blown away by the quantity and quality of stories — we ran out of spoons twice due to the popularity of the activity. The main goal throughout...

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Community Storytelling at Scratch Conference, MIT Media Lab

Community Storytelling at Scratch Conference, MIT Media Lab

In our community storytelling work, here’s a central question: how do we best tap into the stories in a community? How do we draw out stories that can live long after the event? Sometimes the stories just start flowing, especially within communities that are motivated and enthusiastic. And that describes the community of educators attending the annual Scratch Conference at MIT this summer. In the course of two days, we gathered nearly...

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Unity Center at the California Museum: Stories Against Intolerance

Unity Center at the California Museum: Stories Against Intolerance

It’s always a pleasure to evolve our work with museums, and especially a pleasure as museums evolve too. We’ve upgraded our longstanding Storykiosk installation at the California Museum for incorporation in the museum’s Unity Center, a large center in the museum focusing on the state’s diverse people, taking a stand against intolerance and hate. The Center, designed and developed by West Office with the Museum and...

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New Initiatives: Global Story Swap Project

New Initiatives: Global Story Swap Project

If you’re heading to ACM Interactivity, the national children’s museum conference this week, be sure to stop by our booth and check out the latest: our prototype  allowing visitors to create and share puppet shows between museums in different countries. The idea behind this: simple, fun moments of creative family expression go a long way toward building connections. I’ve been working on this with Vicky Cave, an exhibit...

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Community Storytelling via Mobile Devices: Museum of Durham History project

Community Storytelling via Mobile Devices: Museum of Durham History project

I’m quite excited to announce a new frontier in our community storytelling mission — the use of visitors’ own mobile devices to record stories. The Museum of Durham History incorporated our cloud-based tool to record stories of members of the Ar-Razzaq Islamic Center in Durham. Ar-Razzaq is one of the oldest Muslim communities in North Carolina, and a year long community-storytelling initiative culminated in an exhibit at the...

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Friends of Waterfront Seattle videos

A pleasure to replay the stories we recorded in mid-September in our popup booth at Pike Place Market, the Salmon Homecoming Festival, and right on a waterfront trail at Olympic Sculpture Park. The goal: to use stories to help Friends of Waterfront Seattle make the central waterfront a public mixing ground where all communities can share cultural, recreational, and civic experiences in a beautiful environment. We asked people questions such as:...

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