There is a lot of bad news out there…school shootings, wars, financial woes, unemployment and more. There is some good out there, but it doesn’t always make the headlines. For example, a fellow blogger who is working to celebrate the little good things in our everyday lives or the Random Acts of Kindness post that I did last month. Today’s post is also about someone trying to bring those good stories into the headlines.
Storytellers for Good was founded in 2009 by Cara Jones because she had a passion for inspiring stories that developed after years in the television news business. On the Storytellers for Good website, Cara chronicles her last days in the traditional news business. A slow news day sent her to the scene of a fatal car accident and then on to the home of the accident victim. As she approached the home, she found a teenager who didn’t yet know that her mother was the accident victim but was putting things together in her mind as the news crew approached. Cara took a year off and set off on what evolved into a yearlong adventure through South America, Europe and India where she hiked, learned yoga, and rediscovered parts of herself that she had shut down to handle her work.
She returned to Boston and did a series of stories about people who changed her life: a blind and autistic musical savant; a 6 year old girl paralyzed by a bullet who forgave her shooter; a disabled Iraq Veteran turned artist and gallery owner; and a couple in their mid-40’s who, after grieving the loss of their teenage daughter in a drunk driving accident, decided to start all over again…with triplets. These stories gave meaning to her work and inspired her to create more of these stories.
The mission of Storytellers for Good is to tell and promote stories of people and organizations making a positive difference. The team at Storytellers for Good works to tell compelling, memorable stories that “feel” with an aim is to help attract funders, motivate volunteers and demonstrate the good work done by area non-profits and organizations.
How can you help?
The biggest way to help is to help Storytellers for good spread the good word – share their videos and blog posts, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Also, if you are in the San Francisco, California Bay Area, you can attend their annual film festival.