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Collaborative Storytelling Platforms

'Storybird' Helps Creative Members Share Ideas with Artists

— May 1, 2017 — Art & Design
Toronto-based storytelling platform, Storybird uses illustrations to inspire the writer in all of us. What started as a little-known creative venture rapidly grew into a collaborative storytelling community of over two million global members, after attracting the same notable investors who backed Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Tumblr.

Storybird's premise is simple: members collaborate with artists by adding their own words to professional illustrations, curated by the site, creating a unique story which can be shared directly on the site, or turned into a PDF and printed book.

The platform is being used by creatives worldwide and has been implemented within schools as a tool to develop language knowledge like reading and writing among students. Storybird has gained the attention of creatives everywhere, allowing writers young and old to express themselves with words and images that set the imagination alight. The endless stories and vivid images unite writers and artists in an online, visual storytelling community.

The simple idea has produced over five million stories, making Storybird one of the largest storytelling communities in the world.
Trend Themes
1. Collaborative Storytelling - There is an opportunity to create collaborative storytelling platforms that enable writers and artists to share ideas and create unique stories together.
2. Visual Storytelling Communities - There is an opportunity to build visual storytelling communities that enable writers and artists to express themselves and connect with like-minded individuals worldwide.
3. Online Creative Ventures - There is an opportunity to launch creative ventures online by curating professional illustrations and inviting members to add their own words and bring stories to life collaboratively.
Industry Implications
1. Education - This platform can be implemented within schools as a tool to develop language knowledge and reading and writing skills among students.
2. Publishing - Publishing companies can leverage these platforms as a way to provide readers with unique and creative stories that are truly one-of-a-kind.
3. Social Media - Social media companies can integrate or create similar platforms to Storybird that enable users to express themselves, connect with others, and create content together in engaging ways.
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