A Fresh Look For Summer

We are so glad – and yes, relieved – to announce the launch of our new website! Sure, our former site was chock full of memories from our 14+ years of working with great films and organizations, but a fresh look and responsive approach was way overdue. Please look around, take in our Philosophy section, see what’s new in our Portfolio, check out our Services, and take a peek (finally!) at what the Active Voice Lab has been up to.

And what better time to launch a new look than the beginning of summer? In addition to a slate of projects underway, including a transnational migrants’ rights campaign with Who is Dayani Crystal? and an emerging initiative about the future of education, the Active Voice team will be on the road with our strategies in tow.

If you’ll be at the Aspen Ideas Festival, keep an eye out for Shaady, who has been invited to participate as a scholar this year. Or catch her at Opportunity Agenda’s Creative Change. Ellen will, at last, take her so-called sabbatical in NYC, working on www.HowDoWeKnow.net from the Center for Social Innovation.

In terms of summer reading, you tireless strategists might want to browse a few of our favorite reports: Beyond the Choir and The Visitor Social Action Campaign Case Study. Also stay tuned for highlights from our most comprehensive project evaluation in the history of Active Voice, for the Take Your Place Community Campaign.

As the practice of using storytelling for social change grows and evolves, so do we. We know our work wouldn’t be possible without our Ecosystem of Change — the artistic vision of storytellers, the strategic leadership of foundations, the forward thinking work of policy experts, and the passion and dedication of grassroots groups. We’re always looking for ways to strengthen and grow that ecosystem, and look forward to sharing our observations and tools along the way. Until then, happy summer!

Written by Executive Director Shaady Salehi & Ellen Schneider, AV’s Founder and Director of the Active Voice Lab for Story and Strategy