Join Erin Sunderland of United Way and Paul and Peter H. Reynolds of FableVision to learn how your organization, school, or nonprofit can use the power of storytelling to further and accelerate its mission by reaching people in a more emotionally engaging and compelling way. First, hear the story of the creative partnership between United Way and FableVision and how storytelling helped United Way reach new audiences. Then, using a simple storyboarding technique, roll up your sleeves to develop a story that conveys why your organization matters. Educators will learn how to employ this technique in classrooms to help students create their own stories that move the world to a better place. For more details on the panel and other festival offerings, visit the Boston Book Festival's website.
Paul Reynolds serves as CEO of FableVision, which is co-located at the Boston Children's Museum in the city's Innovation District. Along with his work on projects as Creative Strategist, he has helped build the multimillion-dollar firm into an internationally recognized multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across many industries -- broadcast, museum, institutional, K12, educational publishing, technology and research. When he's not entrenched in all things FableVision, Paul teaches digital media production at Boston College, where he has served as adjunct faculty for over two decades. Paul is also a children's book author -- collaborating with his twin brother Peter H. Reynolds -- most recently on Going Places, a picture book with Simon & Schuster due out next spring, and a STEM-meets-Arts (STEAM) early chapter book series with Charlesbridge Publishing.
Peter H. Reynolds is a New York Times best-selling children's book author illustrator (Judy Moody, The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, Someday), selling over 20 million books in over 25 languages around the globe. In 1996, he founded FableVision as a social change agency to help move the world to a better place by creating "stories that matter, stories that move." FableVision's signature blend of positive media, storytelling and interactive technologies is sought after by a host of best-in-class organizations, such as PBS KIDS, Reading Is Fundamental, the Jim Henson Company, and National Wildlife Federation. Peter also founded FableVision Learning, a K12 educational publishing company, as well as the nonprofit Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning, and Creativity and independent book and creativity shop called The Blue Bunny Bookstore in historic Dedham Square, Massachusetts.
Erin Sunderland has been with United Way for five years and currently serves as Development Marketing Director. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing and executing year-round communications and fundraising plans through a wide variety of media including print, video, electronic, and social. In a previous life, she was a social studies editor with Pearson Education.
You can learn more about the United Way/FableVision creative collaboration by visiting GrowOurTree.org, and by watching the FableVision-created animated film. See you on October 19!