25 Years, 25 Stories

In celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, the Homeless Prenatal Program created a series of short photo and video testimonials, which feature parents and kids giving first-person testimonies on how the organizations has helped them. The program also has a small set of Success Stories on its website.

Stories URL: http://www.homelessprenatal.org/news/25-years-25-stories
Organization or Project Description: Homeless Prenatal Program Home
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Meet a Scientologist

The Scientology Video Channel features a “Meet a Scientologist” collection of short testimonial videos, sortable by country and occupation. In the aggregate, the videos give a sense of the wide variety of people that are Scientologists.

Stories URL: http://www.scientology.org/videos/category/beliefs-and-practices/dianetics-angie.html#/videos/world-map
Organization or Project Description: Scientology Video Channel Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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Stories of Hope

The American Cancer Society, under the “Find Support and Treatment” tab of its website, offers a collection of “Stories of Hope” from cancer survivors. The stories are written as profiles, and typically tell the story of a survivor’s diagnosis and treatment. The articles contain links to information relevant to the story, including cancer types, treatments, and side effects, and more relevant links are included in a static sidebar that appears next to each story.

Stories URL: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/survivorshipduringandaftertreatment/storiesofhope/
Organization or Project Description: American Cancer Society Support and Research Page
First Stories Posted: 2010
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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.

Stories URL: Link to collection
Organization or Project Description: Organizing for Action's Healthcare page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Murmur

Launched in 2003, Murmur is an early locative media project. The original Murmur project collected audio stories related to locations throughout Toronto, CA. Signs shaped like big green ears was posted at each location about which a story had been made, and people with a mobile phone could dial the phone number and code on a particular sign to hear the story about that location. The stories are told by ordinary people and are about places not typically visited by tourists. The Murmur project was repeated in other cities in Canada and worldwide, but is no longer ongoing. The Toronto project’s website maps the stories on lovely hand-drawn maps of the city’s neighborhoods.

Stories URL: http://murmurtoronto.ca/
Organization or Project Description: About Murmur
First Stories Posted: 2003
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Throwback Summer

Throwback Summer was a storytelling contest organized by Caring Across Generations, an advocacy group for aging Americans, to celebrate Grandparents Day in the summer of 2014. The project gathered user-submitted photographs and short narratives about grandparents or other significant older adults, which were submitted in contest categories such as “Best Dressed,” “Most Talented,” “Most Inspiring,” and “Ahead of Their Time.” The contest and storytelling project is particularly appropriate to social media, and many of the submitted photos and stories circulated on social media platforms.

Stories URL: http://throwbacksummer.com/
Organization or Project Description: Caring Across Generations
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Question Bridge

Question Bridge is a transmedia arts project, which features black men asking and answering personal questions on topics seldom addressed. The questions range from the intense–How do we learn to love our women? Do you still value community upon your release from prison?–to the more lighthearted–Why don’t more of us surf? Why do we do the ‘what’s up bro’ head nod thing and who started it?. The stories are featured on an interactive website, and are also staged in a traveling gallery exhibition. The project has developed a curriculum for high schools about identity, inclusion, and communication-based conflict resolution.

Stories URL: http://questionbridge.com/
Organization or Project Description: See the "About the Project" link
First Stories Posted: 2011
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Red Cross Stories

The Red Cross mailed out video cameras to people it had helped and asked them to film their own messages. The videos were edited into shorts, and circulated via the web and television commercials.

Stories URL: http://www.redcross.org/stories/
Organization or Project Description: NY Times Article About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2012
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1000 Voices

The 1000 Voices project “aims to collect, display, and analyse 1000+ life stories from people with disabilities from around the world.” Users can create profiles and upload their stories, which may be photos, written stories, or videos. The project, and reflections on its use as both a story platform and a research tool, has been written about in academic scholarship by its project team, including this article.

Stories URL: http://1000voices.edu.au/
Organization or Project Description: About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2008
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