Boston Mini-Maker Faire: Introducing StoryFall and StorySpaces.io

Boston Mini-Maker Faire: Introducing StoryFall and StorySpaces.io

Great fun to participate in the very first Boston Mini-Maker Faire this last Saturday. Our booth was set up right next to the Fort Point Channel, among three or four large tents of some 80 other makers. We made ourselves at home with makers of robots, boisterous hand made instruments, kid-created catapults, a tiny house, food trucks, and more. Introducing StoryFall It was a great place to premiere our StoryFall.  The idea: after visitors record...

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Literacy e-cards: Exhibits that change behavior

Literacy e-cards: Exhibits that change behavior

One of the topics that’s always interesting to reflect on: can our work in museum exhibits actually make a difference in people’s behavior?  If we checked in with visitors a month after they came to an exhibit, would they have done anything differently in their lives because of the visit? Would they have connected with neighbors, eaten a more healthy diet,  looked into a low emissions vehicle? We’re not here just to inform...

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¡NUEVOlution!: Participatory Stories Build Community

¡NUEVOlution!: Participatory Stories Build Community

It’s been a pleasure working with the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte the last couple years on their groundbreaking exhibit ¡NUEVOlution! which explores the mutual evolution of Latino and Southern cultures. The exhibit builds on the Museum’s mission: “using history to build community” — an approach that has earned the museum national recognition for the ways they connect with community and grow...

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Storykiosk

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Storykiosk

I’m watching stories upload to our cloud based review system from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute today, here on MLK Day.  This is one of those inspiring installations that I return to over time — working with Amaze Design, Chris Danemayer, and BCRI staff, we did our initial installation at BCRI on the eve of the inauguration of President Barack Obama many years ago. Excitement and anticipation… I returned to the...

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Washington Post Magazine: Storykiosk Popups on the National Mall

Washington Post Magazine: Storykiosk Popups on the National Mall

Now that it’s out and published in the news, I’m eager to write about our project with Washington Post Magazine, setting up a popup Storykiosk installation on the National Mall with Editor Lynn Medford and staff. I don’t think anything quite like this had been done before — using a popup exhibit in a national park (or museum) to gather news media for wide-scale print and online distribution. The results? Eye-opening I...

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National Archives Installation: Designing for Group Experience

National Archives Installation: Designing for Group Experience

Had the pleasure of updating one of our longstanding interactives, developed with Northern Light Productions, for the National Archives in DC this past week.  “The Constitution in Action” is an hour long simulation/game in which students in schoolgroups take on the role of researchers looking for documents to support an urgent mission from the White House Communications Director, “Bob.”  Students work in groups to find...

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