Innovation in storytelling with Storify

It’s 7 am and I have just woken up. I use my Blackberry for an alarm and so its become my ritual to flick through Twitter to see what the world got up to overnight while I was in dreamland. Yes, I am a Twtter tragic, and yes, I was the one that tweeted that post about Carl Sagan’s quote and Twitter addiction: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known”. 

And so my friends, at 7am I discover not only that the mouse is dead, killed by the tablet, but also that stories have a new twist, thanks to this brilliant new mash-up technology called Storify

I have been an evangelist of storytelling in corporate life (AMP) since October 2006 when we held our first story slam for leaders, gathering 67 stories all up, and we have grown this year on year and now the whole company is doing it! Yeah! 

So you can imagine my delight to discover new ways to innovate on the theme of stories, alongside this other one I found last week! I have requested a beta account to trial Storify because sadly, the “Mashable” code didn’t work- must have been used up already.  I want to use Storify to tell the stories of the different speakers and topics at the Amplify Festival that I produce. (Next one is June 6-10 2011- have you booked yet?) 

But take a look, here’s the demo of Storify. How will you use it? 


Storify demo from Burt Herman on Vimeo.


Passion at Middle Age: From Aspen, with love!

This was one of my favourite talks at the Aspen Ideas Festival!  The opening story is a spot-on description of the Aspen crowd….it was hilarious! 

David Brooks has been an op-ed columnist for The New York Times since 2003. Previously, he was an editor at The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, and a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic. Currently a commentator on PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” Brooks is also the author of Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (Simon & Schuster, 2000) and On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense (Simon & Schuster, 2004). He has contributed essays and articles to many publications, including The New YorkerForbesThe Public InterestThe New Republic, and Commentary. He is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio, CNN’s “Late Edition,” and “The Diane Rehm Show.”