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Portland, OR

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.



Visualizing the knowledge we harvest from an engaged community

HARVIS is a mobile web application that empowers individuals to share their perspectives and be active participants in collective action-oriented dialogue by capturing their real-time emotional responses to recorded or live-media.

A web-based administrator’s dashboard visualizes the aggregated responses filtered by demographic information. By using HARVIS, storytellers and facilitators can immediately and effectively surface the issues most important to the community and mine hidden stories in post-screening discussions. This mobile web tool has the potential to enable participants to co-create knowledge and measure long-lasting positive impact.


  1. Audience members fill out a brief questionnaire to provide context to their engagement with the film or presentation.

  2. At any point during the presentation, audience members sweep the surface of their mobile device to express their responses.

  3. At purposeful and discrete moments, the film or presentation, is temporarily paused to allow audience members to answer targeted questions in context to the issue presented in the current scene.

  4. At the end of the presentation, an interactive visualization of the aggregated gestured responses filtered by pre-determined themes and submitted demographic information is used to facilitate a conversation.

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