If we don’t feel it now, why stress out?
How to tell the most important and difficult story possibly in all of human history, after failing for 30 years, is the task The Guardian is taking on in their podcast series The Biggest Story.
It’s not just about the facts. They’re out there and in mountains of published scientific papers and data. It’s about engagement with the public, an uneducated public because even if you know many of the facts about Climate Change, even if you’ve completed many years of study, you still don’t the full complexity of data associated with the topic.
I’d suggest you listen to the full series of The Biggest Story but the most important aspect is to engage with the public’s psychology. How people think and deal with something which seems intangible and distant when there’s more pressing daily worries to consume their time and energy.
This is about how best to tell the story of Climate Change!
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Here’s why we should capture all Life Stories
People wait, people procrastinate, people make excuses but most of all people don’t take the time to really consider the stories in the lives of those around them. It’s only once you start asking the stories start to come out.
Christian & His Gran
Try not to feel inspired and a little touched by this story.
It’s been a great experience but time to move on.
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It’s now been 2.5 years since I started Create Your Life Story but really the story goes back to 2006 when I discovered podcasting and spent the next couple of years learning how to produce my other podcast at Your Story. Very soon I realised I needed to find a business model to continue, so I learnt from the internet & content marketers all about finding a niche and selling to it.
In order to pull that off I had to find something in sync with my passion and ethics, which is where recording my uncle’s Life Story gave me the idea of teaching the same to others with Create Your Life Story. It was a great mix as it satisfies my interests and I know I’m doing good for the community and maybe I can make some income if I produce a quality product.
It’s been a great ride.
Over the course of the last 2.5 years I’ve produced:
- 200 posts of educational content somewhere in excess of 100,000 words or equalivant to 3 novels
- 72 podcast episodes – Close to 40 hours of audio
- 2.5 hours of instructional video
- 3 self-published E-books
This is still the best content on the internet to help people know how to produce a personal (audio) biography of yourself or someone else. There is nothing that even comes close but that doesn’t mean I’ve been a commercial success.
It’s about community.
Old media feeds the public information and entertainment as incitements to sell You as the product, to the advertisers. There is no need to communicate with the old media producer other than an occasional letter to the editor as really you’re not at all important to them, the advertisers are!
I’m not the old media, and neither are all the hard working new media producers out there on the internet. I’m someone you know or yourself, working from home, wanting to help and make a difference, but without feedback it’s like working in a vacuum and screaming into the void and only possible for a period of time without some return of energy. Now, I didn’t expect a huge interaction with the greater world and I knew things wouldn’t happen overnight but it’s only possible to keep up the enthusiasm needed to create quality content for so long before it feels like no one is listening. [click to continue…]
A Social Voice for your Community.
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Now with the modern digital age it’s even easier for people around the world to keep the stories of a lifetime alive long into the future for others to hear, read and see. One person I’ve meet through producing Create Your Life Story is Kevin Farkis of The Social Voice Project. With a long interest in personal stories starting with capturing those of his relatives and moving onto gathering the quickly disappearing stories of returned Veterans of his community, Kevin is now working with others on Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh.All of the archived content from the Social Voice Project is available for you to listen to is here on Archive.org. Take some time to listen to some great stories and understand the subtle nuances of his story telling style to draw the best out of the people he records.
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