Storytellers for Good

by Anis Salvesen

Turn on your local news anywhere, and you will be bombarded with so much negativity you will marvel at the fact that mankind has not yet self-destructed.  It’s depressing, but what can you do? All media companies focus on the negative.  It’s just how the media works; the more tragedy and fear you can dredge up, the better the ratings, right?

Well, an amazing nonprofit team of journalists and photographers is seeking to change that. Their organization, Storytellers for Good, promotes stories of people and organizations making a positive difference in the world.  They aim to harness the power of well-told, inspiring stories to create a better world.

Who wouldn’t want to be part of that movement?  It’s a no-brainer.  But what about the effort?   It’s actually really easy to get involved.   I’ll tell you how, but first answer the following questions:

1) Do you like celebrations?

2) Do you like prizes?

3) Do you like being inspired?

If you responded in the affirmative to any of these questions, and you live in the Bay Area, you simply must join the celebration this Sunday, March 14th. Storytellers for Good will be holding their launch event at 111 Minna in San Francisco. Entrance is free, but there will also be a raffle and silent auction.

Where is the money being raised going? That’s the coolest part; the money raised (a $10,000 goal for 2010), will provide videos for 5 Bay Area nonprofits.  These videos will help the nonprofits share their stories in a very powerful way.  Five local nonprofits will share their inspiring work at this event, and everyone will then have an opportunity to vote for one of the five to win a free video from Storytellers for Good!

What if the nonprofit you vote for doesn’t win? Each of the 4 nonprofits who don’t win Sunday night will still be entered as candidates for the video campaign.

Can’t attend the party but still want to be involved in the video campaign? You can write cara@storytellersforgood.com if you have a non-profit you’d like to nominate.

So mark your calendars for Sunday, March 14th from 7 – 10 p.m. at 111 Minna in San Francisco.

See  you there!

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