16 December, 2019

Young Activists Make The Best Storytellers


If you're not at the table, you're on the menu.

Get to the table by engaging others to your side with story-telling. Young activists excel at crafting stories to influence their communities.

This blog showcases six online stories from students at Hunter College, NYC after a short training session. Their stories speaks for themselves!

Hannah R. Rosenzweig, is an accomplished film maker and the founder of Intention Media which produces videos and ads on social justice issues. Hannah teaches "Digital Health & Media" at Hunter College. The course introduces students to key technological advances and current use of digital and social media, including mobile technology, as part of broad community-based strategies for communicating about health.
DemLabs recently trained Hannah's class on digital story telling with StoryMaps. This free app combines text, images, videos and maps into compelling stories that are easily shared.

STD Rates are on the rise in NYCEspecially for young black men and women between the ages of 15-24.What is the NYC DOHMH is doing to address this?

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) are heart related risk factors such as heart attacks. Generally, CVD is a condition which involves a blockage of blood vessels causing heart malfunction like a heart attack or stroke.

It's a rising Epidemic. One-third of people who take opioids for chronic pain misuse them, and more than 10% get addicted.

A culture of over-prescriptions. The new culture of medicine is overmedicating Americans and changing societal norms.

New York City prides itself as a city of innovation and a food hub. Yet for Bronx residents, they are dealing with an age-old problem. What happens when the city that never sleeps cannot feed its residents?

Flakka is a relatively new synthetic drug that is gaining increased popularity particularly in Florida, Texas, and Ohio. It is listed as a banned schedule 1 drug by the U.S. DEA.

Shaping public discourse
Powerful interests control major media outlets, radio stations and rural newspapers. They frame the discussion, promote their point of view and drown out other voices online with bots. They retain control by distracting public attention from pressing issues. How can small grassroots groups compete for attention against such loud voices?

An asymmetric response is needed as the other side has the money. Hundreds of stories told regularly, by trusted in their sources makes a difference. Activists trained on the latest story-telling techniques level the playing field, one community at a time.

Hannah's class shows what's possible with motivated activists, just a little training and free software.


Take away
Campaigns and advocacy groups should use free, innovative apps to create their own social media posts, infographics, Story Maps and videos. DemLabs offers free online training to Democratic groups on these apps. Learn more here.

Co-Founder, DemLabs

Please share this bulletin. DemLabs is a SF-based, progressive hub for ongoing technology and creative innovation with free and affordable apps. Donate here to support our work.

Subscribe to DemLabs Bulletin

case study image
25 May’ 2024

Uvalde to Now: Mapping The Deadly Cost of Republicans Prioritizing Gun Lobby Over Kids

Honoring the tragic 2nd anniversary of the Uvalde school mass shooting. 213 Texas school shootings (to date). 83 deaths. 257 shooting victims. Remember: numbers are just...

case study image
24 May’ 2024

Republican War On Women Equates Pregnancy Care Pills To Heroin

"Louisiana Republicans Criminalize Life-Saving Pregnancy Care Pills" "Louisiana Republicans voted to reclassify drugs used in abortion as controlled dangerous substances. It’s a move staunchly protested by hundreds of...

case study image
22 May’ 2024

How much is your life worth? Mapping gun lobby donations vs. number of shooting victims.

Gun violence surges. Republicans push to cripple ATF, the agency that monitors gun makers! What gives? When in doubt, follow the money. How much does the...

case study image
19 May’ 2024

President Biden’s Insulin Price Cuts: Mapping Where It’s Helping the Most People

The Cost of Insulin Takes Center Stage "President Biden’s policy was a godsend because it enshrines into law that Americans on Medicare, the federal health insurance...

case study image
18 May’ 2024

Why’s it so hard to get homeowner’s insurance? Follow the money!

There are none so blind, as those who will not see. Climate change causes weather disasters. Insurers cannot afford to write policies. Why do Republicans deny...

case study image
16 May’ 2024

Early Warning System For Republican Attacks On Women’s Rights

Republican attacks on women's rights are spreading. How do you track them quickly? Use an early warning system to track incoming attacks quickly and see where...