Things at the Story Lab are going swimmingly. We’ve got two workshops coming up and plans to start our own student-run social media consulting business next semester. I hope the Story Lab is able to continue being a successful student group for a long time.
I am also interested in launching a nonprofit component of these ideas. There are strengths and weaknesses both to being a student group and being a nonprofit. I’d like to find some way to do both, ideally as a student-run nonprofit focused on media literacy through online storytelling. Just like this website is a digital library of student projects, we want to be able to help other community organizations create online collections of their own. Nonprofit status would help us attract grant money to do that, as well as enable us to offer internships and field placements for students.
To that end, we’re having a meeting Monday November 8 at 5:15pm to talk about how to move forward with this. We’ll meet in Student Union room 3408.
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I’m specifically interested in having students at this meeting who are willing to donate their honors or Master’s papers/projects/research to a collaborative effort to develop such a nonprofit. I’ll be writing a business plan as my Master’s project next semester, but there’s quite a few other things we need to figure out before moving forward with a venture. We’ll collaborate via the website http://communitycollecting.web.unc.edu/.
To hear more about the potential of community-owned social network sites/digital libraries, take a look at the video above. This is the final presentation I gave for the Launching the Venture I class at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. But those are just my ideas – I want to hear more about how YOU would do this!
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, see you there, and feel free to forward this widely!