Grand Gestures, Big Bets
Click here to view my April 2017 cover story for AVENUE Magazine on the Top NYC philanthropists, and the emerging trend to spend more on social change.More...
A writer, editor, and media entrepreneur, Marcia is the author of the forthcoming book, Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment. A media lecturer in Columbia University's graduate Nonprofit Management Program, Marcia is a regular conference keynote and panelist and has presented to audiences around the world on the future of media in civil society for SxSW, TEDxOxford, Stanford's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, the U.S. State Department (in Washington and Geneva), the Highland Forum (in Singapore), the Council on Foundations, the FTC, UNICEF, the National Press Club in Washington, Italy's Festival del Fundraising, the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy in Athens, and New York University's Stern School of Business, among others. Professionally, as Chief Strategy Officer for Brand Stories, a media technology startup she founded in New York City, Marcia advises entrepreneurs, nonprofit advocates, and civil society leaders on digital media strategy and helps them to navigate disruptive change.
'In just a matter of years, the digital revolution has transformed the world. The crowd is taking over traditional power. Even the way we make social change is changing, reshaping our institutions and expectations like sand against limestone—uncomfortably and relentlessly. That is the big story today. Everything else is just a wake-up call."
NYC Entrepreneur Kenneth Cole, who I photographed on the roof of his Manhattan studio, for a profile I wrote about him for Contribute magazine, a media start-up I co-founded and served as Founding Editor-in-Chief to explore the new people and ideas behind innovations in philanthropy.More...
Here’s a link to the Stanford Social Innovation Review article Marcia wrote recently about how media companies are using algorithms that are accentuating people’s differences and stoking their fears. Is it time for social innovators to build new tools that help promote a more tempered, consensus-based discourse?More...
In these times, democracy has never seemed at greater risk, and also has never seemed more alive. This forthcoming book on new power in advocacy, Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment, is (finally) due out in 2018.
The media tech startup Marcia founded in 2011 advises entrepreneurs, nonprofit advocates, journalism nonprofits, and civil society leaders on digital media strategy and helps them to navigate disruptive change. The studio also collaborates to create powerful visual narratives and build communities of action.
The New Narratives Project, launching in the summer of 2017, is a podcast from the creators of The Wired Nonprofit, the Master's class Marcia teaches at Columbia on disruptive change in the social sector. New Narratives will feature one interview, twice a month, highlighting new perspectives emerging on the nature of democracy in disruption from civic activists, journalists, naysayers, government and religious leaders, poets, scholars, artists, marchers, and social entrepreneurs of all stripes.
Videocracy is Marcia's blog, which profiles some of today's most gifted visual storytellers and covers the new and provocative ways that visual narrative is rapidly reshaping advocacy, civil society, politics, business, and politics internationally.
Future of Storytelling Festival NYC
Institute for Human Rights, Columbia University
NY Junior League Annual Meeting
Workshop Leader, SxSW, Austin, TX
Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC
Columbia University NYC
Keynote, UJA Federation - NYC
Master Class, University of Bologna, Italy
Celebrating the last class of the semester of The Wired Nonprofit, my Columbia University master’s class on tech-driven disruption in the social sector. Students and teaching colleagues Tom Watson and Howard Greenstein (far right) share pizza and stories at V&T, a campus institution for five decades that defies change—and anyone with an appetite.
Moderating a panel on “Reinventing Journalism” at the 2016 Future of Storytelling Festival, exploring how virtual reality, augmented reality, and immersive digital narratives are changing the way we make and experience the news. Panelists included, from left to right: Tom Connors, senior director of The Verge; Jason Farkas, VP of Premium Video Content at CNN; Mehrshad Mansouri, Director of Business Development and Partnerships at GoPro; Jenna Pirog, the Virtual Reality Editor at The New York Times, and Tim Pool, live-caster and Founder of Subverse. The big takeaway: video gaming technologies will inform the way we ‘make’ new media in the near future and beyond.