Identifying the need for changemakers to use creative storytelling, Dan Green of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation speaks to PhotoWings about ways to measure storytelling's impact.
Collaborations for Cause, hosted May 4th & 5th 2012 by the Blue Earth Alliance, was a retreat for communications professionals who want and need to use emerging new media outlets to build strong, lasting bridges among creative multimedia storytellers, non-profits, socially responsible corporations and supporting communities.
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At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dan manages the foundation's media and information grants. He leads a diverse team with experience in education, global health and development, advocacy and journalism.
Prior to joining the Foundation in January of 2011, Dan was Senior Vice President at Home Front Communications, a media and digital consulting firm based in Washington, DC. At Home Front, Dan launched The Content Project, a division of the company designed to help foundations and nonprofits tell their own stories. As part of the project, Dan consulted for Save the Children, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the International Rescue Committee and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to name a few. He also helped design and manage content creation for the Living Proof Project.
Before joining Home Front, Dan spent 17 years with ABC News, 12 of those with Nightline as a producer and senior producer. Dan's career at ABC started at its southern Africa bureau where he covered the final years of apartheid, famine in Somalia and the burgeoning AIDS epidemic in Zambia. His work earned him a Columbia DuPont Award, three Emmy's, NABJ's top honors, RTNDA Unity Award and a Peabody.
Dan earned a BA in Communications from UCLA and a MALD in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His studies included a semester at the University of Guadalajara and a year at the University of Madrid.
Dan met his wife Gigi while working in South Africa. They live in Seattle with their two girls, Isabella and Josie.
(bio from Blue Earth Alliance)