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Zambia: The Week in Review

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In our first marketing makeover with StoryUp Studios, we headed to Zambia to teach the PET Project how to use iPads to tell the stories of the people they literally lift off the ground.

In the end, 40 Zambians who lack mobility were given hand-powered carts (an alternative to crawling, wheelbarrows and being carried, in most cases), we shot a 360-degree virtual reality video to show their experiences (more on that to come), and we taught the staff how they can keep sharing their amazing stories after we leave.


Check out these vlogs from throughout the week, all shot, edited and shared in under an hour using only my smartphone and earbuds. If anything should show that YOU are capable of this, these videos should! Got a free hour?

The first in hopefully many marketing makeovers for deserving organizations abroad that lack the money, time and training to share their stories of changing lives and changing the world for the better.

P.S. If you know of a deserving nonprofit organization, comment below!

Journalism Drone Test

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On Oct. 11, a group of journalists who'll be traveling to Zambia along with StoryLab later this month tested out a "journalism drone"--a consumer drone equipped with a virtual reality camera rig. Check it out!

Click  HERE  to watch the video on Sarah's feed.

Click HERE to watch the video on Sarah's feed.

Update: So, we got the drone into Zambia. Rick described it as a "personal recreational aviation device" to get us out of the U.S. and again, into Zambia, though getting out of the U.S. was significantly more difficult. In Zambia, people just thought it was strange.

Because our 360 cameras overheated really quickly in the heat, we onlyhad a few minutes to set up the drone and get it up in the air before our cameras would die, so it was quite a challenge (not to mention very very loud), but overall we got some great aerial shots of everyone in their PET carts.

StoryLab Teaches Digital Storytelling to Mobility Nonprofit in Zambia

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Imagine spending your entire life on the ground...

For some, this is reality. Around the world, people lacking mobility also lack transportation options. They're carried, they crawl, or they don't leave their homes.

Since 2000, the PET Project has donated more than 50,000 hand-cranked, all-terrain wheelchairs in 100 countries.

On October 27, 28 and 29, hundreds more—in Zambia—as they receive the gift of mobility, many for the first time. As part of a StoryUp Studios project, StoryLab will be sharing this story and providing digital training to staff PET's New Life Zambia Center using donated iPads.

StoryUp Studios will be producing a virtual reality video of these peoples' experience living life from the ground, and the Reynolds Journalism Institute will be using journalism drones to capture aerial footage of the wheelchair distribution day.

Join us here, from October 24 through November 4, for daily updates from the trip and mobile storytelling projects.