On June 21st, Catalysts by Design hosted United Story: Interaction at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s PXSTL Pavilion. Over 80 individuals gathered and engaged in an afternoon of interactive storytelling. United Story teamed up with storytellers, story-makers, and story-based groups across the city to cultivate both traditional and innovative ways to share stories about the way we engage.
The afternoon featured a slew of story-themed activities ranging from hanging stories to crafts, photography, and more. The highlight of the afternoon came in the form of the United Story ball pit. The pit encouraged friends and strangers to dive into a hand crafted wooden container filled with balls printed with conversational prompts. The prompts ranged in topic from hard hitting social questions about the effects of gentrification to softer lobs designed to elicit warm fuzzy feelings. By the time I emerged from the multicolored spherical filled field-trip I felt enlightened and engaged. The ball pit may prove to be the perfect way to recharge faith in humanity and sharpen your social skills.
*Disclaimer I did not have a hand in creating this event, I was merely an engaged, satisfied and grateful participant. That being said- I may replace my couch with a ball pit.
The Jefferson City Public School district (Jefferson City, Missouri) was established in 1838. Since its beginnings, Jefferson City High School has proven to be one of the most successful schools for both athletics and academics in the state. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of this esteemed institution, representatives of the school board contracted my services to help increase the visibility of the school’s alumni network, and to help build a database of engaged and informed former students.
Facebook engagement among this demographic proved to be the most successful messaging tool, netting more than 1, 500 Facebook fans/followers in less than four days. I created a number of graphics, including virtual alumni badges, buttons and sharable content for former and current students to display on their own pages. Rolling out this campaign during the school’s much celebrated homecoming week proved to be a real success for the Jefferson City Public School district’s initiative.