Vital Stories Interactive

Vital Voices describes their mission as to “to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.” The organization features many stories of such extraordinary women (see also Vital Voices), and this interactive site encourages visitors to explore individual women’s stories in greater depth. Each ‘featured voice’ includes a video, slideshow of captioned photos, and links to related content.

Stories URL: http://stories.vitalvoices.org
Organization or Project Description: Vital Voices Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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True Stories About Domestic Violence

The Australian Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria hosts a set of written stories organized by different themes: stories from women, women in lesbian relationships, women with disabilities, young people, and men. Many of these written testimonials follow a similar structure, first describing experiences, then “How I coped,” “How the situation changed,” “What helped me,” and “What I would say to others.” The young people’s stories are linked out to a separate campaign, Love: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

Stories URL: http://www.dvrcv.org.au/stories
Organization or Project Description: Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria Home
First Stories Posted: 2011
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Commuter Profiles

These written profiles are aggregated from Reclaim, the magazine of the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives. In each profile, an ordinary or extraordinary New Yorker who commute by bicycle to work is interviewed about his or her commute and experiences riding a bike. The magazine also publishes “Partner Profiles” of a similar style.

Stories URL: http://www.transalt.org/resources/commuters
Organization or Project Description: Reclaim Magazine Archives/a>
First Stories Posted: 2008
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1 in 3

The 1 in 3 campaign takes its name from the statistic that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion during their lifetime. It collects written and video testimonials by women who have had abortions, and describes its rationale as so: “By encouraging women who have had abortions to end their silence, share their stories, and start a new and more personal conversation about abortion in our society, the 1 in 3 Campaign will help create a more enabling cultural environment for the policy and legal work of the abortion rights movement.” The campaign is a project of Advocates for Youth, an organization focused on reproductive and sexual health for young people in the US and globally. The written stories are aggregated into a book.

Stories URL: http://www.1in3campaign.org/en/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Freedom to Marry

The marriage equality organization Freedom to Marry collects stories from same-sex couples in the US, especially from states in which same-sex unions are not legal. The stories, told as photoessays, have vibrant and intimate photos, and are prominently featured in the organization’s communications.

Stories URL: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/story
Organization or Project Description: Freedom to Marry Home Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Keeping Families Together

Keeping Families Together is a collection of personal experience narratives about the effects of US immigration policies on families. The collection is a project of the well-respected Center for Community Change, and is described, on the story collection website, as “encourag[ing] people to share their personal stories and empower[ing] them by building a community to advocate for immigration reform.” Stories are contributed by affiliated organizations, and website visitors can also create and upload their own videos. The collection includes both English and Spanish-language stories.

Stories URL: http://www.keepingfamiliestogether.net/immigrant-stories/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
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Nation Inside

Nation Inside is a project of the story strategy firm Working Narratives, focused on advocacy against mass incarceration in the US. The project is centered around a web platform that collects personal stories in a “Storybank,” and acts as a hub that activists can use to create campaigns. While the Storybank contains more than just digital personal experience narratives—there are also, for example, many newsy blog posts and videos of meetings—there are a fair number of video and audio testimonials from family members of incarcerated Americans. The platform also enables incarcerated Americans to telephone in their testimonials via a toll-free “Storyline.”

Stories URL: http://nationinside.org/storybank/
Organization or Project Description: Case Study of the Project
First Stories Posted: 2012
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Voices and Faces

The Voices and Faces Project describes itself as “a national documentary project created to give voice and face to survivors of sexual violence.” The project holds writing workshops in which survivors of sexual violence write and share testimonials. Some of these testimonials are edited into profiles, which are then contributed into an archive of survivor stories. The initiative regularly collates stories into substantial collections (e.g., a book, an audio documentary) and into public exhibits. The stories are integrated into the website of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Stories URL: http://www.voicesandfaces.org/
Organization or Project Description: Voices and Faces Mission
First Stories Posted: 2005
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My Coverage Story

[NOTE: 10/2/15, collection no longer online] This collection of short, user-submitted stories features first-person testimonials from Americans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act. Anyone can submit a story using an online form, and the stories are gathered together on a campaign website, where they may also be shared via social media. The collection is a project of the health care consumer advocacy group, Families USA.

Stories URL: http://web.archive.org/web/20141218061853/http://mycoveragestory.org/
Organization or Project Description: Families USA home page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Healthcare Reform Matters

This Is Why Healthcare Reform Matters is a collection of stories by Americans describing how access to affordable health care has changed their lives. The collection is sponsored by Organizing for Action, President Obama’s advocacy organization. The stories are in a range of styles and formats—many user-submitted written testimonials, some professionally produced videos, and some stories aggregated from news publishers, like the LA Times and NPR. The stories are plotted on a map, and users can explore by geographic region.

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Organization or Project Description: Organizing for Action's Healthcare page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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