Add your story to The Hub community! Shared experiences help us as we consider how to take action and create movement.
Consider these aspects
- Where does the story begin? Was there a problem to solve… did you have an idea…were you participating in a collaborative effort?
- Why does the focus of this story resonate with you personally? What compelled you to act?
- How did you determine your goals and desired outcomes?
- What strategies did you choose to achieve your goal… and why?
- Did you adjust your strategies/plans along the way? If so, what prompted the change?
- Who and/or what helped you advance your work?
- Were there any obstacles that you overcame – and did these obstacles reveal any new ways of thinking for you?
- Did you reach your desired outcome, and/or arrive at unintended outcomes?
- What surprised you on this journey?
- Do you have tangible/measurable evidence of the impact your work has had?
- What’s next for you and your work?
Choose a format
- Use the headline and first paragraph to start your story with a question or observation that makes the reader curious to find out what happens.
- Consider how to use empathy and emotion to connect with readers, describing what you saw, felt, and sensed during your experience.
- Aim for about 1,000 words.
- Use subheads and bullets to break up long segments of text.
- Consider the most compelling aspect of your story and make that your focus.
- Record a brief narrative or conduct quick interviews to share your experience
- Allow the camera to set the scene and script your narrative to describe key takeaways.
- Video stories should be about two minutes long
- Gather images of people, places and objects that illustrate your journey.
- Use your smartphone to capture photos with a strong focal point
- Cop out distracting backgrounds.
- Consider how close-ups, high or low angles, and lighting can enhance the photo.
- Write captions or a brief paragraph for each image that capture the progression of the story.
- Use three or four images to share your story, with each capturing a point in time, or progression of the story.
- Use images that capture where, when, how, and why.