a network exploring & supporting storytelling for change

Welcome to VSL People

We know you’re out there, exploring story work for change, in hyperlocal and statewide nonprofits alike. Imagine how much more we’d get done if we joined together to share our storytelling expertise, experience and skill across sector and region. Do you use stories in your fundraising efforts? In your community building? In your outreach to policy makers and community members? If you have a particular skill set, experience or interest, login and add yourself as a people resource!

I am a writer-journalist, focused on telling compassionate stories that spark social change and give voice to people without one. My forms of storytelling have morphed through the years: from reporting about social issues on the TV news - to traveling into Latin American villages on horseback to collect stories for a global nonprofit; from teaching undergrads at St. Michael's College how to cover underserved communities for digital media - to advocating for the economic empowerment of women and girls in Vermont. In 2010, I co-founded a program for Vermont’s incarcerated women called writing inside VT. A book of the women’s poetry and prose entitled – Hear Me, See Me – was published in 2013. 

tags: Writing
categories: Collaborator
address: 8 Butternut Court, Essex Junction, VT 05452
[field_email] work example: http://www.vtworksforwomen.org/
Fran Stoddard

As a media producer for Vermont Public Television, Vermont Public Radio, and WVNY-TV, I have been gathering and telling stories for many years.  As a freelancer, I have helped non-profits and businesses tell their story via newsletters, blogs, video and photography.  As a college instructor, it had been fun to help students tell stories. I’m passionate about stories motivate change. Recently, I have enjoyed telling stories about communities for the Orton Family Foundation.  There is a link to their YouTube channel below.

tags: Interviewing, Photography
categories: Collaborator, VSL Organizer
address: 179 Walker Hill Road Williston, VT 05495
[field_email] work example: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8A26l_F9xY-NCO3tZaXOQg
Meg Campbell

Having worked in the field of historic preservation for nearly 20 years, I came to understand the power of storytelling through creating videos about community preservation projects. I've created many short and a few long videos, and continue to experiment with different forms of digital storytelling (newsletters, websites, maps and more) centered around place. I am one of the founding members of the Vermont Story Lab.

tags: E-Newsletters, Videography
categories: Collaborator, VSL Organizer
company: Preservation Trust of Vermont
address: 104 Church Street Burlington, VT 05401
[field_email] website: http://www.ptvermont.org
work example: https://www.youtube.com/user/PTVermont
Barbara Ganley

When I'm not helping communities and foundations bring storytelling to their change efforts from Community Expressions or from here at Vermont Story Lab as one of the co-founders, you'll find me writing short stories, taking photographs or creating digital stories in my barn studio. Or maybe you'll find me in my garden. Or on my bike riding up a Vermont mountain road. Or traveling. Or dreaming. Always dreaming.

tags: Basic Storytelling, Interviewing
categories: VSL Organizer
company: Community Expressions
address: 1969 Weybridge Road Weybridge, VT 05753
[field_email] website: http://community-expressions.com
work example: https://community-expressions.com/2012/07/08/white-paper/