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Mother Goose Got Punked: Next Gen Visual Stories

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Visual storytelling has the power to move public policy, influence the direction of war, and alter the course of civil society. During this panel, you’ll learn ways to turn video and photography into great visual storytelling so that it can work for your nonprofit to raise funds, build community, recruit volunteers, and incite action. We’ll give you plenty of compelling examples, but we’ll also take you behind the scenes to show you some of the most important elements of great visual communications. This panel of filmmakers and photographers who have dedicated their careers to nonprofit storytelling will lead you through both the big strategic decisions and the real-world how-to’s of compelling visual communications. If you want to be a part of the next generation of nonprofit visual storytellers, join us for this session.



Aaron Bramley Co-Founder & Dir of Education/Comm Lights Camera Help

I am Co-founder and Director of Communication/Education for Lights. Camera. Help. In this role, I'm responsible for conceptualizing the organization’s vision and working to see it through. I focus on communication, collaboration, nonprofits, video, social media and the bleeding edge technology behind these things. I learn, I teach, I share and I work to make the world, or at least a small part of it, a better place.

Ben Henretig Founder & Creative Dir Microdocumentaries

Ben Henretig started Micro-Documentaries because he believes in the power of documentary film to bring about social change and inspire action.

Ben was born and raised in Yakima, WA, surrounded by the rich agricultural landscape of apple/cherry/pear/peach orchards, grape vineyards, and hop fields. A graduate of Stanford University Film and Media Studies, he uses his background in art, music, communications and filmmaking to produce hundreds of beautiful, powerful short-format documentaries for nonprofits and purposeful businesses making positive change in the world. Currently, Ben is working on a two feature length documentary films: A Las Calles, that follows the lives of working/street children in Quito, Ecuador and explores the resulting socio-economic and political implications of this cultural phenomenon affecting millions of Latin American youth; and The Road to Sakteng, a feature-length documentary telling the story of the first human-powered, border-to-border journey across Bhutan.

Ben is a regular contributor to the Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, whose research and innovative applications have created insight into how technology can be designed to inspire people to take positive action and have personal impact in the world. He also spends time as is a founding member of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab, which focuses on the use of technology to promote peace.


Cara Jones is a multiple Emmy Award winning writer, reporter, and producer with vast experience in using video to tell compelling, inspiring human-interest stories. She has more than a decade of experience in broadcast journalism and has reported for network affiliates in Southwest Florida, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. Having been frustrated by the tragedy focused and negative nature of local news, she seeks to use her skills to tell personal stories that move and inspire. She founded Storytellers for Good in 2009. Cara is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in public policy. She volunteers with the Big Sister Association, speaks Spanish and has back-packed through South America, Europe, and India. Cara is also a yoga teacher, life coach and part-time instructor in the Multimedia Communications Department at the Academy of Art University.

Kivi Leroux Miller Pres Nonprofit Marketing

Kivi Leroux Miller is president of Nonprofit Marketing and the author of "The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause" (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Through training, coaching and consulting, she helps small nonprofits and communications departments of one make a big impression with smart, savvy marketing and communications. She teaches a weekly webinar series and writes the top-ranked blog on nonprofit communications at Nonprofit Marketing She also presents highly rated in-person workshops on a variety of nonprofit marketing topics around the country.

After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC, she now lives in rural North Carolina with her husband, two young daughters, three cats, a dog, and countless backyard wildlife. She enjoys writing, volunteering, hiking, vegetarian cooking, and teaching her kids how to bake.

Nancy Farese Founder, Exec Dir PhotoPhilanthropy

Nancy Richards Farese is a social documentary photographer, Founder and Executive Director of PhotoPhilanthropy. Her photography documents humanitarian and development work both in the US and internationally, traveling most recently to Haiti, New Orleans, Kenya and Cambodia. She speaks widely to conferences and workshops promoting both her own work and PhotoPhilanthropy. Her work is regularly published in blogs, social media and print media (Time, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Financial Times) on behalf of non-profits such as The International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, The Carter Center, and Edible School Yard.

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