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Digital Storytelling

How Cuso International uses technology to share their story

A culture of storytelling is at the heart of our communications work and technology helps makes it possible.
Sean Kelly, Head of Communications, Cuso International

May 27, 2011

By: Tierney Smith

Editor's Note: Cuso International is registered with TechSoup Canada. We are highlighting their work with digital storytelling as part of our "Sharing Your Story" theme for June 2011.

6 Storytelling Elements to Help You Create Better Content

While the emergence of new technologies and social media networks has made it easier than ever to find your audience, it has also complicated the process by which nonprofits plan campaigns and strategies. With so much content available, people are turning away from lackluster content and searching for something more. But what are they looking for?

Adobe Photoshop Elements vs. Photoshop

If you're going to work more effectively with images and don't already have an image-editing tool, you might consider Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements. This newly updated image- and video-editing bundle runs on Windows machines or Macs, and is now available to eligible nonprofits, charities, and libraries through TechSoup Canada.

Tell your stories on social media. It’s easy!

A trauma hospital in war-torn Syria seems an unlikely spot to be posting about your day on Facebook. Yet that’s exactly what Canadian doctor Anne Marie Pegg did for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on International Women’s Day with the help of staff in its Canadian office. 

3 Great Examples of Digital Storytelling at Work

We spent the month of April talking about digital storytelling, and I’ve been struck by the many different and creative ways that nonprofits are using video, photos and other online tools & channels to share stories. In this post I wanted to share a few of my favourite examples that I’ve come across.

TechSoup Canada’s Round-up of Awesome Storytelling Tools and Resources

In this blog post you will find great resources on storytelling, free tools and more!

April 2013 is Digital Storytelling month! Learn to share your story online

There’s nothing like a story to get your message across. When I’m trying to understand what a nonprofit does, I find mission statements are often vague and hard to understand, and numbers on their own are dry and lifeless. It’s stories that really paint a picture of what you do and of the change you are bringing about - whether you’re reaching out to someone who’s never heard about you, or to one of your most dedicated donors.

Tips for Creating Low-to-No Cost Videos for Nonprofits

By: Zahra Leonie Baptiste, Guest Blogger

A lot of non-profits are a bit intimidated by the idea of venturing into the video world, primarily due to fears about the cost. You don't have to hire a production studio, and you don't have to rent or buy expensive equipment. You can actually do it for no money at all! Here's how.

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap - Sharing Your Story

If we compare the two phrases, “Hear John's story on our website” or “go to the website and check out our stats”, which of the two is more likely to encourage you to go to the organization's website? The first one, right? The most compelling stories are those that appeal to emotion: those that are told from the heart, rather than a fact sheet.

Telling a compelling story - the Canadian way

When you have such a good handle on the ways in which you are saving the world and why your cause is important, it can be hard to remember that other people might not see it the same way. This is why storytelling has always been such a key skill for nonprofits, because to really be effective we need to engage with a network of donors, volunteers and other types of supporters.