Project Models: Narrative Design for Social Change

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Transmedia Activism

Project Models

Narrative Design for Social Change

Transmedia Activism

September 2012

Transmedia ActivismFramework for strategy to

- Create social impact- Influence perception- Build community

through fragmented storytelling byauthors, stakeholders, and communities whoshare assets + create entry pointsinto issues and solutions across multiple forms of media

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Roots of the FrameworkDesign

Community-CenterednessUser-Centered DesignDesign ThinkingUser ExperienceSystemic/Systems Change

Storytelling

Social ChangeLeadershipLocal VoiceHumanizing Social IssuesInteractivitySocial MovementsActivist Media

Social Innovation

Novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than existing solutions

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Using Transmedia toCreate Social Impact

Issue Awareness Engagement Action Change

AudiencesCommunities

Actionable ContentStory Universe

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Story World Ecosystem+ How to Tell a Story Together+ How to Tell a Story of Complexity

Social Action: Essential Story Element

Using Transmedia toCreate Social Impact

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Building Communities

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Every movement + community needs+ cohesive narrative

+ shared goals+ common identity

+ stewardship

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StoryCollaborative Action

VoiceLeadership

Essential Elements for Sustaining Communities

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Business Models

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A business model is the story of how value is created,

delivered, and captured.

-- Saul Kaplan,The Business Model Innovation Factory

What Is a Business Model?

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Narrative Platforms: Types of Business Models

+ For-profit Companies+ Nonprofit Organizations+ Storyworlds+ Campaigns+ Media Projects

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linasrivastava.com | transmedia activism | project models

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+ Corporate Sponsorship+ Audience Funding | Crowdsourced Funding+ Crowdsourced Production+ Philanthropic Funding

++ Film Philanthropies++ Foundations Supporting Underlying Issues++ Impact investment funds

+ Income Revenue models+ Venture Capital | Private Equity

Narrative Platforms: Financing Models

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Project Models

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MSF | Starved for Attention

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linasrivastava.com | transmedia activism | project models

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Case Studies

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ContentProductionDistributionRemix

Lakou Mizik

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Social Action+ Culture Regeneration+ Economic Development+ Community Vibrancy

+ Positive awareness + empathy + Picture of systemic change+ Highlight Haitian organizations

Lakou Mizik

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Audiences | Fans+ Haitians in-country+ Haitian Diaspora + Fans of World music+ Fans of Caribbean music+ Arts/activism+ Post-earthquake donors

Lakou Mizik

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Lakou Mizik

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Lakou Mizik

Financing:

+ Corporate Sponsorship + Audience Funding / Crowdsourced Funding+ Philanthropic Funding+ Income Revenue model

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Successes:

+ Content: ++ The platform is up, active, alive++ People know about it: Its fulfilling a need++ Filled with 1000 stories++ Starting to get interest from established partners

+ Technology: ++ Forward movement is to become a service provider on group storytelling

+ Lesson Learned:++ Can become commercially viable off the back end

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Challenges:

+ Content:++ Funding: $120,000 ($100K from TFI, 20K from Kickstarter)

+ Technology: ++ Even harder raising funds from VCs if youre successful on other sources-- they want to be the first ones in

+ Lesson learned:++ Who are you?

+++ Combined a technology company/documentary company, but didnt distinguish the two enough+++ Combined management+++ Combined philanthropic funding with VC asks

Kickstarter is not for everyone. -- Sara Nodjoumi.

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Successes:+ Funding: Doubled their Kickstarter ask 4 days before the deadline+ Audience: Had a built-in, existing audience

The Iran Job

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Mixed blessings: + The film will most likely be self-distributed + Have pursued traditional avenues for distribution, but its too slow. + Audiences respond well, so theyre not going to wait. + Need USD $100,000 to put it into 10 cities. + They are going back to their grantors:

++ None of the traditional funders++ Personal contacts, Iranian-American orgs

The Iran Job

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Challenges:+ Management:

++ 2-3 people working full time for 3-4 weeks before launching the Kickstarter campaign++ Spent a lot of time on the rewards++ Every detail was studied, but delivery deadlines were pushed back

+ Catch 22: ++ The money gets spent. ++ And people think youve already got the money

+ How to keep momentum after the Kickstarter campaign

The Iran Job

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Lesson learned:+ Your rewards are your donor engagement, your marketing tools (even in pre-production).

The Iran Job

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AMERICA 2049

Impact:

+ Over 20,000 throughout the world played through the 12 week run

+ 110,200 unique Facebook interactions. 5,200 twitter followers

+ 86% of players indicated at least some willingness to become active on an issue they encountered in the game

+ 56% reported they had spent time reconsidering their views on the issues raised in real life

+ Generated mainstream press coverage from 120 outlets

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Lessons Learned:

+ Balancing Engagement with Message to Increase Impact

+ Moving Players from Clicktavism to Activism

+ Transitioning from Expected to Novel Application of Platform

+ Exploring New Distribution Models & Unlikely Partnerships

+ Accounting for volunteer hours

+ ROI: Project management to Scale to Impact

AMERICA 2049

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Who Is Dayani Cristal?

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Successes:+ Funding: Film has strong funding and investment+ High aesthetic quality and innovative narrative form+ Flipped the Model: Strategic Planning:

++ Social action and cross-platform strategy developed alongside film development and production++ Audience engagement planning developed alongside film development and production

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

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Challenges:+ Need to flip the model of funding: ++ Social action, cross-platform, audience engagement need funding earlier in the process

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

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Lessons learned:+ Strategic planning needs to be done earlier in the process+ Impact planning and measurement are a specialized skill+ Build strong, cross-sector teams

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

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