#Storymakers2016 Africa Tweet-Chat - Share Your Storytelling Experiences on 4 May 2016

Storytelling is increasingly relevant to the strategic communication and awareness-raising activities of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) in Africa.
 
Stories help people to better remember specific experiences. Stories shape our identities. With a great story, you can ensure that donors and supporters understand your work.
 
But how does your nonprofit tell its story? When you upload a video, a photo, or a blog post about your work, whom are you trying to reach with it? What do you expect the audience to do after they see or read the story?
 
NPOs are often so caught up in implementing their programmes that they forget the need to communicate the impact to the rest of the world.
 
That's why TechSoup organises the annual Storymakers digital storytelling campaign to assist NPOs create stories that will generate the necessary public interest and attention.
 
One of the main events of Storymakers 2016 will be a global tweet-chat which will be held on Wednesday, 4 May 2016.
 
Unfamiliar with tweet-chats? It's a live Twitter event, moderated and focused around a specific topic, using a shared hashtag – in our case #Storymakers2016 - to filter all the chatter into a single conversation.
 
Our global tweet-chat on 4 May 2016 will be a 12-hour global conversation - from New Zealand in the East to the United States in the West - consisting of a series of one-hour tweet-chats on the theme of digital storytelling. Each of the chats will be hosted and facilitated, and cover a different topic associated with digital storytelling.
 
To ensure the success of the tweet-chat, we need your participation and support to keep the conversation relevant and informative, and encourage you to invite your colleagues, partners and other NPOs to do the same. Please use your e-mail lists and social media channels to spread the word about this initiative.
 
The Africa component of the #Storymakers2016  tweet-chat will cover the following three topics during three one-hour conversations:
 
# East Africa (2 p.m. Eastern Africa Time / 8 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
Topic: Creating an Elevator Pitch - Telling your story in 10 seconds
Convener: @TechSoupKenya & @KCDF
 
# Southern Africa (2 p.m. South Africa Standard Time / 9 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time)
Topic: How do you make storytelling a part of your organisation's culture?
Convener: @techsoupafrica & @david_barnard
 
# West Africa (2 p.m. Ghana / 3 p.m. West Africa Time)
Topic: "What sort of stories should nonprofits tell?"
Convener: @penplusbytes & @AfricaJerry
 
You are welcome to participate in all these chats, but we encourage you to participate specifically in the time zone where you are based. Remember to use #Storymakers2016 in all your tweets, in conjunction with the country where you are based (e.g. #Kenya or #Ghana, etc.).
 
The global tweet-chat will be summarised in Storify at the end of the day.
 
We look forward to your participation in this exciting initiative on 4 May 2016.
 
David Barnard
Vice-President: Africa
TechSoup
E-mail: dbarnard@techsoupglobal.org
 
For more about TechSoup, refer to www.techsoup.org.

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