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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Living Well with MS

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, on its organizational website, includes both written profiles and short videos about people who are invested in the theme of “living well with MS.” The text stories are short profiles, and are organized into categories, such as “Life With MS,” “Shakers” (advocates’ stories), and Seekers (stories about researchers). The videos are <30 seconds, and feature individuals with MS describing their strategies for living well with the disease.

Stories URL: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Living-Well-With-MS/Personal-Stories
Organization or Project Description: About the National MS Society
First Stories Posted: 2013
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Garden Stories

The Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a small collection of approximately 1-minute videos on their website, each of which features a stakeholder at the garden—a volunteer, donor, employee, member, or visitor—speaking about his or her personal connection to the garden.

Stories URL: http://strategicplan.chicagobotanic.org/video
Organization or Project Description: Chicago Botanic Garden Home
First Stories Posted: 2014
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Interfaith Leaders

The Interfaith Youth Core works to organize interfaith groups and initiatives on American college campuses. Their small collection of Interfaith Leader stories are short testimonial videos in which student leaders speak about their experiences with interfaith work on their college campuses. The videos have a youthful and distinct visual style.

Stories URL: http://www.ifyc.org/student-as-leaders
Organization or Project Description: Interfaith Youth Core Home
First Stories Posted: 2011
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Freedom Stories

This small collection of videos is the product of a novel production approach: young and promising Australian filmmakers were enlisted to create short films that tell stories of young people “coming to terms with their sexuality and gender.” The resulting films have high production value, and are presented on a website that simultaneously presents the story and presents the young filmmaker.

Stories URL: http://au.reachout.com/freedom
Organization or Project Description: Press Release About the Project
First Stories Posted: 2014
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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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Transformed Lives

[Note: Collection has been revised: entry needs revision]

The campus-ministry organization, CCO, has a collection of over 300 personal profiles on its website, accessible via a button to “Read About Transformed Lives.” The collection displays individuals’ personal photos and full names with first-person quotations; their name is hyperlinked and leads to a longer profile of the individual’s experience with CCO and subsequent life trajectory. These profile are written in reportage-style third-person, and they cover nearly a fifteen-year period. The organization also has a small collection of Transformed Lives Testimonial Videos.

Stories URL: http://ccojubilee.org/stories/
Organization or Project Description: Coalition for Christian Outreach Home
First Stories Posted: 2001
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I’m a Mormon

The Mormon church produces an annual set of “I’m a Mormon” videos, in which a combination of ordinary and famous Mormons tell the story of their lives and their faith. The videos have a high production value and do a nice job of personalizing a faith that is not universally well understood. The stories can be accessed through both the Mormon video channel and through a Searchable Archive of Mormon Testimonials of Mormon testimonials.

Stories URL: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/categories/im-a-mormon?lang=eng
Organization or Project Description: Mormon Church Home
First Stories Posted: 2010
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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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Clinical Research Trials and You

The National Institutes of Health features a collection of stories on their website by people who have participated in clinical trials. The stories vary in media (some are written, many are video, one is audio), and also vary in production quality, with some professionally shot mini documentaries and other fairly basic interview videos and written profiles. The stories demystify clinical trials and explain the health and other benefits that come from participating. Note that the volunteer stories are more personal than the researcher stories, which are lower on the linked page.

Stories URL: http://www.nih.gov/health/clinicaltrials/stories/
Organization or Project Description: NIH's Clinical Trials Page
First Stories Posted: 2013
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