Honored A Fourth Act is among the first two stories in Blue Chalk Media’s new digital publication We appreciate how they frame our collaborative approach:

Now, however, he is moving the conversation from interacting with an audience to interacting with a community. The change reflects the grassroots sensibilities of Laura, his wife and partner. And it mirrors a shift in the media industry.

and insights…

In short, media makers are not simply seeking interactivity. They are making efforts to involve subjects, reach affected communities and address public concerns.

and belief in the power of convening…

HARVIS takes this trend a step further, into a realm easy to overlook in the digital era: physical space. Engagement with HARVIS means involving people in a common story. More literally, it means putting people together in a room to share personal stories within the context of a greater story

and our passions

It aims to use community feedback to identify issues, facilitate conversation and, ultimately, empower communities to solve problems.

Laura sees stories not simply as news, but as narrative therapy. She believes storytellers can heal themselves.

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Deliberative Polling involves questioning a random sample of people about their opinions on a particular topic. After an initial survey, the sample is provided with detailed information that gives equal weight to different perspectives about the topic. This information is discussed in small groups and then altogether with experts. The sample is then asked the original questions again. By comparing the “before” and “after” results, researchers can discover the best information tools for a particular audience.

Harvis can do this.

In a sense, this is one of the challenges I see in terms of how we create or set up our audiences’ experiences. The experience of engaging with an interactive story is never going to be the same as watching a film with other people in a theater, and we shouldn’t be trying to replicate that experience in a new form. But I do think it is important to think through what a simultaneous, collective, visceral experience might look like in this new idiom.

Thanks Harvis.