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Moments in Mobile - Featuring Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
There are easily more than 4.6 billion mobile telephones being used on the planet. Over 1 billion of those are smartphones. “In 2014, mobile Internet usage will overtake desktop Internet usage,” according to recent statistics released by mobiThinking . And already in 2011, “more...
20 Apr 2012
TechSoup's DigiToolbox for Digital Story-Making: Zeega
Last time we brought you Vine. This time, I reached into the TechSoup DigiToolbox for digital story-making and discovered the dynamic and immersive platform that is Zeega . This is the story of my first great adventure to create a new and improved way to present our TechSoup Member Spotlight Series,...
9 Apr 2013
And the 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards Go To...
We all have a story. Here at TechSoup, we're on a mission to empower you to tell yours. We believe that you're only as good as the technology at your disposal. So, we want to help match your intended efforts with the right tools to achieve your goals. That's what the Digital Storytelling...
28 May 2013
Digital Storytelling Tweet Chat Goes Global April 16
TechSoup's 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge is here! All April long, we're putting on events to sharpen your digital storytelling skills. Then, you submit your own short video (up to 90-seconds) or five-image slide show to our challenge to win prizes! As part of this year's fun, we're...
3 Apr 2013
2012 Digital Storytelling Challenge Is Here!
While the barrier to video production and distribution tools has lowered greatly in recent years, many organizations miss the opportunity to present their stories, lacking the skills to use the tools effectively. The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Camera. Help., provides...
23 Jan 2012
Upcoming Webinar January 16: Baby Steps 4 - Video Post-Production and Promotion
In the fourth and final webinar in the free Baby Steps series, we'll show you what to do now that you've got your video footage captured! Join us on Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to learn about different video editing tools, for both high-quality digital video and easy-to...
30 Dec 2013
TSDigs: Creating Impact and Effective Storytelling Tweet Chat Recap
It’s the goal of every nonprofit that creates a video – creating a video that has impact. Examining what makes video have an impact was the topic of TechSoup’s recent Digital Storytelling Challenge tweet chat. The deadline for submissions is February 29 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time...
20 Feb 2012
Upcoming Webinar on February 2: Digital Storytelling - Before You Push Record
In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The first part of this three-part webinar series on Thursday...
30 Jan 2012
Telling Better Stories: Fundraising Tips from 12NTC
Your organization is doing great work, but you may not always be telling that story in a way that resonates with potential donors and other supporters. In It's Not You, It's Your Stories at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference , Steve Daigneault (VP of eCampaigns at M&R Strategic...
9 Apr 2012
TSDigs: Who Do You Think Deserves an Award?
TechSoup asked for digital stories and you delivered more than 200 stories! Digital stories came in from all over the globe from all types of social benefit organizations throughout the month of February. Now that the submission deadline has passed, it’s time to choose the winners . Winners...
7 Mar 2012
TSDigs: Mobile Storytelling Tweet Chat Recap
Telling your organization’s story in video does not always require investing in expensive equipment. Advances in technology now mean that many nonprofits most likely have access to basic video storytelling tools. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, can be really powerful storytelling...
7 Feb 2012
Don't Just Post, Post a Story
Are you shocked to find out that uploading photos is the number one activity on Facebook, or that Pinterest is the number one growing social platform these days? Or even that Instagram currently averages 55 million posts per day? You shouldn't be. Think about the way you interact and engage with...
1 Oct 2013
A Menu of Storytelling Options and Services: Webinar on April 18
Whether you have a big budget or no budget at all for digital storytelling, we want to educate and equip you with the tools you need to go out there and create meaningful and effective stories. Join us for our third and final installment of our digital storytelling webinar series on Thursday, April...
11 Apr 2013
Moving from Story to Narrative
Although storytelling has become quite the buzzword, do you understand how it fits into your narrative? At first glance, you might think they are the same, but they are not, according to John Hagel . He gave a talk at the recent SXSW conference on "Moving from Story to Narrative." What’s...
9 Apr 2013
Upcoming Webinar on February 16: Digital Storytelling - You Have Your Footage, Now What?
In conjunction with the third annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge , we are offering three free webinars to ensure you know the nuts and bolts of all the stages of production — and get your questions answered by the experts. The last installment of this three-part webinar series on...
7 Feb 2012
Digital Storytelling at the Nonprofit Technology Conference 2013
It's no secret that we are advocates of digital storytelling at TechSoup. This April our 2013 Digital Storytelling Challenge offers resources to sharpen your skills and an opportunity to enter your short video or five-image slide show by April 30 to win awesome prizes ! When we launched the annual...
23 Apr 2013
TSDigs Tweet Chat Recap: Social Sharing and Amplification of Video
Unfortunately, the old adage “if you build it, they will come” does not easily apply to digital stories. Getting viewers to watch, and share, your organization’s digital story requires more than just good production. Fortunately, TechSoup’s recent Digital Storytelling Challenge...
27 Feb 2012
TSDigs Webinar Recap: You Have the Footage, Now What?
The final installment of TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Challenge webinar series covered video post-production and editing. Arguably, one of the more challenging aspects of digital storytelling required a slight departure from past webinars. Guest expert Aaron Bramley , co-founder and director...
23 Feb 2012
Photoshop Elements 11 vs. Photoshop CS6
A powerful image can instantly communicate your organization's message on your website or blog. A collection of inspiring images can make a great presentation even better. If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider...
11 Apr 2013
Take a Baby Step Toward Education Through Storytelling
Baby Steps | A Community Competition The Baby Steps Video Competition makes one big statement… that engaging with a child in the first five years of life, regardless of the activity, is the single most important step parents, care providers and educators can take to helping that child succeed...
13 Nov 2013
You're Invited! Digital Storytelling Awards and Screening Party March 28
In this year's Third Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge , powered by Lights. Camera. Help. more than 200 nonprofits, libraries, and NGOs from 25 countries submitted one-minute videos and five-photo slideshows to showcase the impact they are making on their respective communities. We were overwhelmed...
15 Mar 2012
Storytelling in the Digital Age: Lessons from the SOCAP12 Conference
Nonprofit leaders, impact investors, and philanthropists from all over the world gathered in San Francisco's Fort Mason Center this week for SOCAP12 . The theme of this year's conference is "Making Meaning Matter" with panels and discussions on community building and digital media...
4 Oct 2012
Interesting Uses of Technology: Digital Video, Social Media, and More
Need practical advice on using digital video, social media, or presentation tools at your organization? Want to see how other organizations are using these technologies and what they’ve accomplished? Then head on over to TechSoup for Libraries and check out their blog series on interesting...
2 Aug 2012
The 2013 DoGooder Awards Go To...
One of the biggest highlights at the Nonprofit Technology Conference each year, without surprise, is the awarding of the annual DoGooder Video Awards . See3, YouTube, NTEN, and Cisco came together to award storytellers for their awesome work, celebrate the many organizations and individuals who...
24 Apr 2013
Prizes that Power Stories
TechSoup wants you to succeed at storytelling. Why? Well, we believe that stories are the currency of community and they can bring about great emotional change. That's why we aim to educate and empower you to pick up a camera. We want to help further your mission through storytelling. And...
23 Apr 2013