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Why ‘Sharknado 4’ matters: Do climate disaster movies hurt the climate cause?

Posted: August 1, 2016

Climate disaster films are an emerging genre that reflect people's desire to cope with a changing planet through art. How will they affect public attitudes on climate change?

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NPR Wants To Know If It’s Possible to Measure How Much People Care

Posted: May 10, 2016

What’s the point of journalism? That’s a question Brian Boyer has taken deeply to heart. As the Visuals Editor of NPR, he’s been hard at work for the last six months on a project called Carebot, which tracks how well news stories drive audiences to take action and aims to “change how newsrooms measure and celebrate success.” Carebot was funded through a Knight Foundation Prototype Grant, which is now wrapping up. I talked with Brian about what his team has learned – in the business of making people care.   Sacha: What are you measuring with the Carebot right now?…


Shifting the Perspective on the Story of Slavery

Posted: April 13, 2016

AndACTION worked with Color of Change to participate in the official “Underground” live-tweet with cast members, creators and an enthusiastic audience for the the “Firefly” episode. Color of Change is a trusted and proven leader in racial justice, and AndAction were interested in seeing how they could connect the “Underground” audience to their work. Check out what happened.

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Telling Women’s Stories to Drive Change: An Interview with The Goddess Project

Posted: March 8, 2016

In honor of International Women’s Day, I talked with Sara Landas and Holli Rae, the filmmakers behind the new grassroots documentary, The Goddess Project, about their film, the role of media in driving change and why it is important to tell stories about women’s lives.

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Digital communications aid a dying democracy in Latin America

Posted: December 17, 2015

For the first time in 17 years and 20 national elections, the Venezuelan opposition overwhelmingly won two thirds (112/167) of the National Assembly’s seats with a noticeable participation of 75% of voters on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The political event is not only, as The New York Times highlights, a rare victory, but also an example of how a political organization circumvented governmental media censorship and control with digital communications technologies.


4 frank talks on the practice of storytelling

Posted: October 15, 2015

Well-told stories – in the right formats – can move people to action on important social issues. In this frank playlist, we have gathered the talks of several expert practitioners who share their tips for telling compelling stories well.


Part Of The Argument: LGBTQ Storytelling and Social Change

Posted: September 10, 2015

The acceleration in the LGBTQ rights movement has been remarkable and can be attributed to the activists who have busted their asses to change the minds of policymakers and judges. But storytelling has been an accelerant to the pace of change. Aggregate, a creative strategy group, has created a timeline mapping LGBTQ storytelling.


And…ACTION: Saving the World One Guilty Pleasure at a Time

Posted: August 19, 2015

We all know the influential power of media and storytelling, but And…Action- a new project of Spitfire Strategies that connects film and TV stories on important issues with nonprofits working on similar issues- are using the duo strategically to drive change.


How Comedy Drives Change: Lessons from the masters of comedy.

Posted: August 6, 2015

As a goodbye tribute to Jon Stewart, we looked into the frank archives to see what other people have to say about how hitting the funny bone of your audience can be useful for creating social change.


How We’re “Counting” on Documentaries: Three Questions for Social Change Filmmakers

Posted: June 25, 2015

Read on to learn how social change filmmakers and social change funders can start speaking the same language to build a movement.