DIYDays in LA — from


Needless to say, today’s workshops at DIYDays LA were filled to the brim with great speakers and innovative perspectives. For those that couldn’t attend today’s workshops, here’s a re-cap of the most important bits:

Common Points
There were a few common themes mentioned in almost every talk I attended, and they were all based on experiences (good and bad) from existing projects…

People mentioned include:

Henry Jenkins: If it Doesn’t Spread, it’s Dead
Christy Dena: Spiral Worlds: Writing & Experience Design
Tommy Pallotta: Story & Code: Shifting Perspectives of Storytelling in Culture
Alison Norrington: Top-Down/Bottom-Up -Where is the Value?
Robert Pratten: Brand Integrated Storyworlds

Creating a Transmedia Narrative II: Storytelling — from


My last post on ‘Creating a Transmedia Narrative‘ ignited a lengthy discussion in one of my LinkedIn groups. It seems that some of my readers thought that I was trying to establish that transmedia narratives follow different narrative norms/ no longer need to be based on traditional conventions of telling a story. This is not what I was trying to say. I merely pointed at parallels found in successful story worlds, narrative universes that withstood the test of time and continue to invite producers and audiences to expand their stories across different media. In order to last for decades or more and be expandable across different media, any narrative needs to have a ‘larger-than-life’ aspect to it, and I used my blog post to break this ‘larger-than-life’ aspect down into its individual, more accessible parts.

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Digital book developers discuss the changing tide of storytelling — from

Addendum on 11/2/11:

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Storytelling in eLearning: The why and how — from eLearn Magazine by Shelley A. Gable

Future of Storytelling Expert Series: CloudKid’s Founder on Interactive Storytelling for Children — from Latitude Research° by Kim Gaskins


Recently, Latitude (in collaboration with Itizen) launched an innovation study on The Future of Storytelling. Why? So we can uncover the questions, challenges, and aspirations of tomorrow’s storytellers and identify how they can better align with audience’s changing expectations. Every week for the next several weeks, Latitude will share its conversation with a different influential individual. We’ll follow the series with a summary of best practices and insights for content creators and businesses from Latitude’s SVP, Neela Sakaria.

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About CloudKid

With our heads fully in the clouds (where else would you want your head to be?), CloudKid transforms daydreams, fantasies, and flights of imagination into characters and stories that live, breathe, laugh, run, shout and fly.

CloudKid combines story and animation philosophies with mobile/web technologies to create eye-popping programs for children—we take children’s media to places it’s never been before. From film/animation production to story/character development, CloudKid develops intellectual property and technologies that will truly change the way kids and families interact with entertainment.


Addendum later on 10/18/11:


Transmedia in the church — check out the work of  The reThink Group

From DSC:
I recently reflected that the materials that my wife is using for her pre-K through 5th grade ministry illustrates some serious use of transmedia in the church!

Check out the work of The reThink Group. For example, see I say transmedia because they are ultimately telling THEE story — the Gospel — across a multitude of channels and delivery methods. Just looking at the description below of one of these channels — Parent Cue app for the iPhone — lets you know that they are pursuing multiple channels to enlist the aid of parents in relaying the gospel message to their kids.

  • A Parent Cue app for the iPhone
    Our lives are busy. As parents, we want to prioritize our children. We want to do everything we can to invest in them relationally, to guide them developmentally and to help them grow in their faith in Christ. But it’s just so easy to get caught up in the urgent day-to-day business of life.  This Parent Cue App provides you with simple CUES throughout the week that remind you to pause and make the most of everyday moments. Every month, Parent Cue will focus on one specific virtue, or life application. You will receive prompts for videos, activities, discussion questions and more that will help you connect with your child around this one key virtue. These prompts will come in the form of Drive Time videos, Hang Time activities, and Meal Time discussion starters to help you fit them into the day-to-day moments of your routine. There’s even a section just for you called Parent Time that’s filled with parent blogs, podcasts and more.

Beside the above app, they also have:

Wow! That’s a lot of information to keep coordinated, but The reThink Group is harnessing the power of multiple types of media/channels to positively impact the hearts and minds of children.




Designing Interactive Narrative -- Stephen Erin Dinehart -- September 2011


Example slides:






Pacing in Transmedia Storytelling — from Transmedia Storyteller blog by Robert Pratten


Figure 1 Four dimensions of pacing in transmedia storytelling

Four dimensions of pacing in transmedia storytelling



Figure 2 Experience pacing vs story development

Experience pacing vs Story pacing

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A new model of storytelling: Transmedia — from by Laura Fleming


From Daniel Christian: Fasten your seatbelts! An accelerated ride through some ed-tech landscapes.

From DSC:
Immediately below is a presentation that I did for the Title II Conference at Calvin College back on August 11, 2011
It is aimed at K-12 audiences.


Daniel S. Christian presentation -- Fasten your seatbelts! An accelerated ride through some ed-tech landscapes (for a K-12 audience)


From DSC:
Immediately below is a presentation that I did today for the Calvin College Fall 2011 Conference.
It is aimed at higher education audiences.


 Daniel S. Christian presentation -- Fasten your seatbelts! An accelerated ride through some ed-tech landscapes (for a higher ed audience)


Note from DSC:

There is a great deal of overlap here, as many of the same technologies are (or will be) hitting the K-12 and higher ed spaces at the same time. However, there are some differences in the two presentations and what I stressed depended upon my audience.

Pending time, I may put some audio to accompany these presentations so that folks can hear a bit more about what I was trying to relay within these two presentations.

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Steve Jobs has resigned as Apple CEO "effective immediately"


From DSC:
I want to post a thank you note to Mr. Steven P. Jobs, whom you most likely have heard has resigned as Apple’s CEO. Some articles are listed below, but I want to say thank you to Steve and to the employees of Apple who worked at Apple while he was CEO:

  • Thank you for working hard to enhance the world and to make positive impacts to our world!
  • Thank you for painstakingly pursuing perfection, usability, and excellence!
  • Thank you for getting back up on the horse again when you came out of a meeting with Steve, Tim and others and you just got reamed for an idea or implementation that wasn’t quite there yet.
  • Thanks go out to all of the families who were missing a dad or mom for long periods of time as they were still at work cranking out the next version of ____ or ____.
  • Thanks for modeling what a vocation looks like — i.e. pursuing your God-given gifts/calling/passions; and from my economics training for modeling that everyone wins when you do what you do best!

Thanks again all!



Blurb mobile -- stories are everywhere

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Storytelling: Digital technology allows us to tell tales in innovative new ways — from by Aleks Krotoski
As the tools available to publishers grow more sophisticated, it’s up to us to experiment and see what sticks

Traditional embraces Transmedia – to great effect in kid’s storytelling — from by Adriana Hamacher


The current buzz around Transmedia is justified to its capital T, to listen to some of the original and fascinating ways theatre, film and even toys are being developed. The award winning Unlimited Theatre Co. and Makieworld were two of the best which showcased at the Children’s Media Conference in Sheffield, UK, last week.

From MakieLab:

MakieLab is a new games-and-toys company, founded this year and based in London. We’re making a new kind of toy: customisable, 3D-printed, locally made, and internet-enabled.

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