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A Fourth Act is an interdisciplinary collective of storytellers, facilitators, researchers, designers and technologists committed to delivering meaningful stories. Our roots are in storytelling and journalism. Together we have unprecedented reach to a diversely rich network of fellow collaborators throughout the storytelling fields of journalism, media, technology and art, as well as researchers in the professions and academia.


Hashtags Don’t Make Movements, People Do ← Ochre

Andrew DeVigal

Honored A Fourth Act is among the first two stories in Blue Chalk Media’s new digital publication We appreciate how they frame our collaborative approach:

Now, however, he is moving the conversation from interacting with an audience to interacting with a community. The change reflects the grassroots sensibilities of Laura, his wife and partner. And it mirrors a shift in the media industry.

and insights…

In short, media makers are not simply seeking interactivity. They are making efforts to involve subjects, reach affected communities and address public concerns.

and belief in the power of convening…

HARVIS takes this trend a step further, into a realm easy to overlook in the digital era: physical space. Engagement with HARVIS means involving people in a common story. More literally, it means putting people together in a room to share personal stories within the context of a greater story

and our passions

It aims to use community feedback to identify issues, facilitate conversation and, ultimately, empower communities to solve problems.

Laura sees stories not simply as news, but as narrative therapy. She believes storytellers can heal themselves.

More: Hashtags Don’t Make Movements, People Do

Andrew DeVigal

5-minute Walk-Through of Harvis
This walk-through is a condensed version of Andrew DeVigal’s presentation at the TriBeCa Film Festival: TFI Interactive Day which was held Saturday, April 26, 2014. Andrew conducted a live demonstration of the mobile web application, Harvis, where audience members (150 uniques) used the app in real-time to respond to the presentation.

TFI Interactive 2014

Andrew DeVigal

We were honored to be on stage at TFI Interactive 2014 to launch A Fourth Act and Harvis during a presentation titled: “Don’t Build Audiences, Build Community.”

We conducted a live demonstration of the mobile web application where audience members used Harvis to respond to the presentation. We asked the audience to make these gestures:

  • "Swipe up at any time when you feel that what I’m saying can directly help you and your role in the community. In other words, as I’m talking swipe up if you’re seeing a feature in Harvis that you like and can use in your work."
  • "Swipe down at any time when you are inspired to make a suggestion to our approach."

Below is a screen shot of the real-time engagement graphic during our live demo of which we received 151 unique users, 1391 gestures and 109 comments.