Once you visualise your story, it does not belong to you anymore. It belongs to your audience to be perceived, to create ideas, emotions and experiences. In order to tell a great story to a wider audience, you need to visualize it thoroughly and share it in the most appealing and efficient way.
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We have a great example of digital storytelling for social impact and it is not from a social impact organization; it is created by MTV. It is a perfect combination of traditional forms of oral storytelling, using great visuals and digital mediums.
step 1: Everything Begins with a simple data
The story emerges from an important statistic that reveals the gender gap and inequality: “Unfairly women are paid only for 79% of their labor compared to their male coworkers in the United States. In other words women are still paid less than their male coworkers’ even though they have the same full-time job.
Step 2: Creating their own story
They created a simple but special clock for women which rings an alarm once79% of the workday is done, so women can calculate the time that they aren’t being paid for their work. The simplistic design of the clock reflects one simple fact of women are paid for 79% of their labor with its yellow 79% label. They have sent hundreds of “wage gap” alarm clock to people in workspaces across the United States, as a daily reminder that gender pay gap is real.
Step 3: consistency and causality in visualisation and sharing
Besides, as a part of this campaign they created a simple, few seconds more than 1 minute video and a website which reflect exactly the same design principle and style. Additionally in the website, there is a calculator that you can input your start and end time for your typical work day and shows you when %79 of your day has passed and when you are no longer being paid.
Step 4: Inspire the world
Even though it is not a social impact organisation, MTV used this data to protest gender pay gap in equal pay day as a part of its Look Different Campaign. Think about how beautiful, engaging and compelling stories you can tell as a social impact organisation which has actually working on significant causes, touches lives of a lot of people, collects valuable data and has the greatest stories.