Posts Tagged: "storytelling"


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What is old is new again.

Serial is a fascinating podcast from the creators of This American Life. One story told over the course of a season. A compelling true crime story with tension, heartbreak and empathy. It has struck a cord with many. In just a few weeks it became the top podcast of all time on iTunes and is averaging over 1.5 million listeners per week.



Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things

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An experiment in co-authorship – Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things invites 25 participants to step into a collaborative design space. Together participants will lay the groundwork for a storyworld that will play out globally through a series of connected objects that become conduits for a re-imaging of Sherlock Holmes. Recently entered into the public domain, Sherlock Homes will provide the foundation for an exploration into new forms and functions of storytelling. Those who apply, and are accepted into the lab, will become co-authors and owners of the experiment.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game focused on exploration and discovery. As occult-minded private detective Paul Prospero communicate with the dead to discover the fate of a missing boy and the mystery behind a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley.

40 days of dating

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Enjoyed this reality based project that documents 40 days of dating between two friends that have failed at love. Nice mix of design and storytelling. I particularly like the simplicity of how the story is presented side by side.

Check it out: 40 days of dating

Learn Do Share

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Learn Do Share is a collaborative booksprint that captures the thoughts, projects and spirit of each diy days event. Written, edited and published by attendees of the event, LDS is released under a creative commons license and is intended to be added to and remixed. You can download the 65 page ebook for FREE here. It’s a wonderful look at creativity, storytelling, and collaborative design in the 21st Century.

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The UrbanTimes has a nice write up on the first edition of Learn Do Share.

As a by-product of my research projects, I sometimes come across great conceptual experiments that use contemporary ingredients and new methodologies in innovative set ups.

‘Learn Do Share‘ is the account of such an unusual experiment: DIY Days NYC was an interactive conference with workshops at the beginning of the year. I found the eBook last week released under a creative commons license to be shared remixed and expanded. The following is a summary cross-referenced with some of the topics I have been researching and writing about previously.

As explained in Participatory Trends: We Communicate, Connect and Share, the trend of collaborative consumption evolves with the enthusiasm built around fast communication technology and the global movement of ‘Sharing’.

DIY Days in New York aimed high: Inspired by the visionary Buckminster Fuller, the challenge was how to make the world work for 100% of humanity.

The answer was co-creation, using storytelling as the tool to get started.

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diy days heads to Gothenburg Sweden on February 2nd.
Tickets are free but space is limited.

An experiment in scarcity and abundance

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Last year, I was approached by a major publisher to write a book about new forms of storytelling. The deal was weak and ironically was so traditional that I wasn’t able to experiment with the form of the book. So I turned down the offer and wrote a book in tweets. Using the limitations of twitter, each page of the book was written in 140 characters or less. The book will be published in a limited edition run of a 140 copies. In addition I’ll sit down for a convo with everyone that buys the book. For 30 minutes we’ll discuss their projects, emerging trends or have a casual conversation – the choice is theirs.

The book is the basis for a course I teach at Columbia called, “Building Storyworlds: the art, craft & biz of storytelling in 21c.” In the end it’s really an experiment in scarcity and abundance as each page of the book says “set this book free please retweet.” I wrote about it in the Summer issue of Filmmaker Magazine.

PRE-ORDER your copy today! – Limited edition of 140 copies

Building Storyworlds

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This fall I’ll be teaching Building Storyworlds – the art, craft & biz of storytelling in 21C at Columbia Unversity again. We’ll be inviting guest speakers, mentors and collaborators from around the world to join us digitally. One of the goals of the course is to open the design process and share much of what we do within the class as possible. If you’re interested in participating let us, know we’d love to hear from you.

Bear71 – Jeremy Mendes & Leanne Allison

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Bear71 is an amazing project from Jeremy Mendes and Leanne Allison. Produced by the NFB, the project premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Bear71 is a heartbreaking tale of a grizzly bear who after years of of being documented by wireless motion sensored trail cams is struck and killed by a train.

I co-created the installation as well as assisted with extending the social narrative of the project.