The Rainbow Family Tree is an online community that hosts a collection of digital stories by “queer digital storytellers.” Most of the stories were produced in digital storytelling workshops in Australia, and the site itself is designed to be a space to showcase stories, connect people, and to affect attitudes and policy through viral distribution.
The Village Church of Texas, a church with a robust web presence, hosts a collection of personal stories from members about their journey to faith and the church. The stories are gathered by a volunteer “Stories Team,” (see online application form) though they all have a high production value. Stories are told in audio, video, […]
These graphic first-person testimonies about sexual abuse suffered in prison are posted on the website of Just Detention, an international “health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention.” The stories are collected by mail, and in some cases, by transcribing testimony at public hearings.
Make the Connection is both a showcase for personal stories and a hub to connect veterans to resources. Users can sift through over 600 short, professionally produced videos of veterans telling firsthand accounts of their distinctive personal struggles and achievements. The collection has a unique, filterable interface, which allows users to sort and watch stories […]
The written “transformation stories” from the Tattoos on the Heart project tell the stories of members of Homeboy Industries, an organization that provides “hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of society.” The collection also contains stories of “featured […]
The Peace Corps has a large collection of volunteer stories, written as first-person narratives from individuals who are serving or have served. The stories tell details of their service and reflect on what the volunteer learned during there service. A few of the pieces read more like journalism than personal stories. The Peace Corps also […]
The National Health Services Corps, a program of the US Department of Health and Human Services, which matches health care providers with jobs in underserved communities in exchange for loan forgiveness, features many personal stories on its website. In honor of the Corps 40th anniversary, the Corps published 40 text-and-photo profiles of new Corps members […]
This very polished set of patient videos was produced by NY-Presbyterian Hospital. The videos are stylistically consistent—all shot in black-in-white, featuring only a narrator telling his or her story of illness and recovery. The videos were shot to be TV ads, and many feature extended interviews and profiles of a doctor key to the patient’s […]
The consumer health advocacy organization Families USA has a robust story collection program, and its King vs. Burwell project presents personal narratives in a very novel interface. The collection has an associated hashtag, #DontTakeMyCare–tweets with this hashtag autopopulate on a page of the story interface. Organizations that want some direction with the process of ‘storybanking’ […]
Like most large hospitals, Dana Farber collects patient narratives about quality of service and circulates them in print and online publications. This “Discover, Care, Believe” collection is novel in two respects: first, users submit their own stories. Second, the collection is tightly integrated with Facebook. There is an option to filter the collection “By Facebook […]