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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Waterfront Stories Project: Seattle

Waterfront Stories Project: Seattle

It’s been a pleasure to further develop our community storytelling model with Friends of Waterfront Seattle, the nonprofit organization interfacing with the public as Seattle undergoes major development along its waterfront. The multi-year project will create new public spaces as the city’s elevated highway is removed. Our mutual mission: to use local residents’ stories as the connector between a diverse range of communities...

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Community Storytelling Brainstorming Notes

1. Intro 2. The Community Storytelling  Model Coming Home to St. Croix project http://www.bradlarson.com/from-popup-exhibit-to-youtube-channel-community-storytelling-at-whim-museum-virgin-islands/ creating a new model 3. Try it out! Childhood stories 4. Ways to gather stories Exhibits: Nuevolution: http://www.bradlarson.com/nuevolution-stories/ Popup Events: Harvard Extension School, NEMA, HLS...

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AASLH Keynote: Jeremi Suri, “The Impossible Presidency”

AASLH Keynote: Jeremi Suri, “The Impossible Presidency”

I’m back from the AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) Conference in Austin, reflecting on the energizing keynote presentation by University of Texas history professor Jeremi Suri. The presentation was based on his newly released book, “The Impossible Presidency.” And while I though it would be about the very unlikely outcome that Donald Trump was elected President, it was actually about something more...

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Alumni Stories: Harvard Law School Storykiosk Project

Alumni Stories: Harvard Law School Storykiosk Project

When an organization has a major anniversary, such as Harvard Law School’s Bicentennial, a window of opportunity opens to draw out stories spanning decades of experience. With Harvard Law School (HLS), we provided a portable Storykiosk to set up at alumni gatherings and other special events such as the HLS Celebration of Black Alumni. The stories gathered were remarkable — alumni are very motivated to reflect back and share their...

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Community Storytelling: celebrating institutional anniversaries with stories

Community Storytelling: celebrating institutional anniversaries with stories

I wrote about “community storytelling” a couple years ago for a presentation at SEGD, and I’m still working through that intriguing phrase.  At the time, I focused on special events, such as institutional anniversary celebrations, as a hub for gathering stories. So we created a portable Storykiosk with 42 Design Fab for recording stories at popup events and celebrations. Now we’re adding a major new tool: an online...

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