How I help
As champions of communities and their stories, we designed a presentation and a workshop
to help inspire and equip communities to rediscover, embrace and celebrate their civic story.
PRESENTATION
How A Story Can Change a City

With film excerpts and anecdotes from a career making films about places, John Paget presents an entertaining and inspiring case for how storytelling can fight apathy, foster pride and change the trajectory of your community. The civic story is not just about the past - it's the story of what your community is becoming. We'll cover topics including:

  • The vital importance and unexpected power of the civic story.
  • The threat of denarration: How our cities and communites are losing their story.
  • How a community can rediscover and tell its story.
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WORKSHOP
The Civic Story Workshop

For cities and towns ready to act, we've created the Civic Story Workshop. Convene the creatives in your community: the sages and storytellers, the filmmakers and photographers, the musicians and muralists. This interactive workshop is designed to help kickstart a civic story film project for your place, as well as generate ideas and action steps to bring forward a community's story - it's connection to the past and vision for the future. We'll cover topics including:

  • How to go beyond branding and marketing, to tell a transformative civic story.
  • Five principles of good civic storytelling.
  • Planning a film project to tell the civic story: funding, script, shooting, post-production.
  • Tips and techniques on the craft of filmmaking.
  • How to premiere the film: screening, release & sharing
  • .Beyond film: other mediums and methods to advance the civic story.
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CONSULTation
Project Guidance
We're happy to advise on concepts or projects related to film and civic story.
Give us a call so we can meet and get to know more about your community or pending project.
Or if you're ready to book a one-hour session now, we've created a convenient calendly link below to get on our schedule.
Our rate is $250/hour.
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REVIEWS

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Recent Speaking Engagements
JUNE 2022 - KATOWICE, POLAND - The 11th Session of the World Urban Forum - Civic Story Workshop
JUNE 2022 - CLAREMORE, OK - Will Rogers Memorial Musuem - Special screening of "Route 66: An American Odyssey" with post-film panel discussion featuring John Paget & Michael Wallis.
MAY 2022 - PRIEST LAKE, IDAHO - American Planning Association - Washington Chapter Inland Empire Section 2022 Conference - Keynote:  "Telling Stories That Advance Placemaking"
MAY 2022 - RICHMOND, VA - National Main Street Conference - Session: "New Roles for Old Houses of Worship on Main Street"
MARCH 2022 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 30) - Snackbite Session: "Bringing About Change."
JANUARY 2022 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Oklahoma History Museum- Special screening of "Route 66: An American Odyssey" with post-film discussion.
OCTOBER 2021 - TORINO, ITALY (VIRTUAL) - Torino Stratosferica Utopian Hours
OCTOBER 2021 - BUFFALO, NY - TEDxBuffalo Event - "How a Story Can Change a Forgotten City"
FEBRUARY 2020 - ABU DHABI, UAE - The 10th Session of the World Urban Forum - Civic Story Workshop
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