PULSE #13 💫 Our (un)usual lives

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Hi there!
I just came back from Bucharest where I was lucky to attend “the Power of Storytelling”, a conference organised by our partners from Decat o Revista. The event centred on narrative journalism and storytelling understood more broadly: by telling ourselves stories, we structure our experiences and give them meaning. In this universal understanding of the craft, storytelling is the very thing that makes us human…

In the recommended interactive stories section today you will find a selection from Decat o Revista’s Digital Editor, Catalina Albeanu. In her selection, she focused on the theme of Our Digital Lives – “stories that explore the different aspects of our days that are shaped by technology”. Catalina will be one of the speakers at Outriders Stage 2019 this November. If you still didn’t make up your mind about coming – I hope that this will help you do so 😉


“Our lives and personalities are increasingly shaped by what happens online – what we read, what we post, how we interact with people, and the communities we find for ourselves that we might not have access to in our geographical area” – says Catalina. Enjoy the below selection, which focuses on how technologies and our lives intersect.

Why Your smartphone is causing you “text-neck” syndrome, South China Morning Post

It’s not only the way we communicate that has changed since we have become inseparable from our smartphones, but also our posture.

The entire history of kick-starter, Polygraph

Kickstarter revolutionised the way we think about the business side of creating products or supporting initiatives in our areas. The platform surely has a lot of data by now of what projects people support in each area, and this story sheds light on our own geographical preferences for crowdfunding.

Poor Millenials, the Huffington Post 

You might think the first generation to grow up with the internet at their fingertips would be on top of the world. So why are millennials always complaining? A compassionate analysis of the toll recession can take on several generations.

The Pessimist Guide to 2028, Bloomberg

What if Facebook went offline because of its fake news problem? And if Bitcoin replaced our banking system? Check out this guide to the year 2028 by Bloomberg, assessing various scenarios that could influence our future.

The evolution of Trust by Nickey Case

We hear a lot about how trust is eroding in our digital world – but how does trust work anyway and how do you learn to trust, or to distrust? Check out this game that puts you to the test.

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Outriders Network

The main reason for being in Bucharest, apart from the conference, was a study visit to prepare us for the Outriders Showcase coming up in this city on March 19th 2020. Together with Kasia Białach, we checked out potential events’ spaces and talked to journalists and activists who will help us make the event happen. More updates about what is coming up in 2020 soon!

Our social campaign, #mowamilosci (EN: Love Speech) on Instagram is still rolling. We have prepared 12 new GIFs to promote a quality discourse and an open conversation which we find to be missing in the Polish public on-line and off-line debate. If you’d like to see the GIFs, go to our subpage on GIPHY, if you’d like to use them – just type “#mowamilosc” into your GIFs browser and add one to your post or story. I simply adore them. Spread the love!

We are launching the workshops which form the agenda of the second day (Friday) of Outriders Stage. Check out our labs as well as trainings developed by EJC’s Ben Whitelaw, European Forrest Institute’s Rina Tsubaki, Polish magazine PISMO, and much more! The registration opens next week.


A lot has been recently going on in the Outriders newsroom! 🔥

A Syrian journalist, Massoud Hamid, has started to work on the field with Outriders. He is based in Rojava, Syria and he is currently sending updates about the current situation in the Syrian-Turkish border. During a month he will send daily updates with audios, notes, pictures and video and we are mixing in the new Outriders podcast: #RojavaDiary. Do check it out!

Outriders photographer Marcin Suder just came back from Barcelona where he was covering the protests and working together with a Spanish reporter Fermin Grodira. We are currently working on a new story to explain the possible sceneries for independentism in Catalonia. You can see some of his photos on our Instagram.

A Brazilian photojournalist Gabriel Uchida came back to the Amazonia. He visited some remote village like Neidinha, Borehá, Bahira and Awapu, interviewed indigenous leaders, activists and an illegal logger in the middle of the forest. His materials are informing the development of our interactive story “Behind the fires”.

The next time you will hear from me will be two weeks before Outriders Stage!
Keep your fingers crossed for our preparations 🤞

Talk soon,

/Cover Photo Photo by Dil on Unsplash/