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On September 4, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m. in Auckland, New Zealand, TechSoup hosted a #Storymakers2014 global discussion via Twitter. As the conversation moved east around the globe, we witnessed an explosion of storytelling knowledge.
The NetSquared Auckland group launched the event and shared four valuable insights into digital storytelling:
Next up, we moved to India, hosted by our TechSoup partners, BigTech from the Nasscom Foundation. Special guest Shradha Sharma, founder of YourStory.com, shared more valuable knowledge.
Shradha is a huge believer in the power of social media to share stories for this simple reason:
The conversation continued and covered a range of inexpensive tools, how LinkedIn can be used in storytelling, and more tips. You can find the full conversation from this hour in this Storify.
We moved on to Australia and our partners, Connecting Up, dove right in with special guests, Digital Storytellers. Here, we got to tap into experienced storytellers who were sharing mobile tools and platforms. Why mobile? Simple:
Digital Storytellers revealed their storytelling guide as well: Winning the Story Wars by Jonah Sachs.
Next, the conversation shifted continents and TechSoup Africa took over. The focus moved to examples of powerful storytelling such as:
Afterward, the conversation moved to Poland, where Fundacja TechSoup focused on storytelling and data. Important issues emerged in the conversation: data access, data literacy, design of platform, dissemination strategy, and impact measurement.
One powerful example of big data and storytelling illustrated the conflict between European aid and the private sector: LandQuest.
An awesome collection of data and storytelling tools was shared:
Other great tools were shared, including:
We ended up next in North America with the Naples, Florida NetSquared Group, NFN4Good up first talking about mobile tools for storytelling. Some photo editing tools discussed were the apps Videocraft and Qwiki. The tips and tools recommended were extremely valuable, from Android photo editing to Twitter tools. The hour was jampacked and is definitely worth a Storifying view.
These tools and tips were just a taste of the knowledge shared over the course of 24 hours, 14 of them dedicated to sharing storytelling knowledge. To mine all of the knowledge shared, TechSoup created a Storify for the whole event. If you prefer your Storify in bits and pieces, below are the chapters created by our friends and partners.
Lewis Haidt Senior Manager, TechSoup Online Community and Social Media @lewisha