* ABBE Regional Library System (SC)
* Beaufort County Library (SC)
* Briggs Lawrence County Public Library (OH)
* Charleston Southern University (SC)
* Dorchester County Eagle Record (SC)
* Dorchester County Library (SC)
* Greater Summerville Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce (SC)
* Ohio University Southern (OH)
* South Carolina Humanities Council (SC)
* South Carolina State Library (SC)
* Summerville/Dorchester Museum (SC)
developed a national framework for community resilience. She has worked with Oak Ridge National Lab, Savannah River National Lab, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Community and Regional Resilience Institute, and the Riley Center for Livable Communities, among others.
The dual pursuits of publishing and community development may seem divergent. But they aren’t. A publishing company dedicated to finding, concepting, editing, producing, and marketing books with the highest quality content has currency with the very essence of what makes communities resilient – connection to place and to others. The more connected a person feels, the healthier they are. When many healthy people connect with others, their sense of community goes to deep places where convictions are held, where strength and creativity grow. When a community of people feels this way and disaster hits, they are more able to help others, to help themselves, to recover and rebuild. That is the very definition of what it means to be resilient.
As a book publisher, Kammeraad-Campbell is deeply committed to nurturing authors and artists in ways that bring their best creative work to the fore. It is no accident that the authors and books she guides through the editorial and production process end up winning top state, regional and national awards. The genesis of Storyboard is the merger of Kammeraad-Campbell’s work as a publisher and as a community builder.
For years, Susan Kammeraad-Campbell has been involved in a dual career as publisher/editor in chief of Joggling Board Press, an independent publishing company, and in community engagement efforts, most recently focused on community resilience.
As a researcher/analyst and community developer, she has worked with local communities at all levels and was co-principal investigator in the case study evaluating the resilience of Charleston, SC, and a member of the core writing team that
Storyboard is a library-based national initiative being developed and tested in South Carolina and Ohio through radio broadcasts, podcasts, and anthologies. Writer or not, you can share your story through Storyboard America!
Please join us in our journey.
James Kirk’s career has spanned radio, television news, and internet communications. While living in Seattle for nearly twelve years, he built and operated data centers in three U.S. markets while developing a passion for coffee. In 2009 he moved to South Carolina and
Storyboard grew out of Susan Kammeraad-Campbell’s conviction that humans are hard-wired for story, that our need for story is as compelling as our need for food and companionship. What began as a project of her publishing company Joggling Board Press has developed into a library-based initiative that is currently being tested and piloted in South Carolina and Ohio. The vision is to create Storyboard communities across the country. Says Kammeraad-Campbell, “Our stories help us make sense of our world — they tell us who we are and who we can be.”
Storyboard is still in the pilot stage, and we invite you to get involved on the ground floor. Ultimately this space will evolve into a highly interactive community of story writers and readers, lovers of words who will not only be able to submit their stories, but will be able to interact, comment, and work with others to transform their stories into work to be shared in published anthologies and on public radio.
Storyboard. It’s not a widget. It’s a movement. It’s a way to help people think more deeply about themselves, about their own stories. Writing about defining moments of our lives is different than experiencing them, different than talking about them. Writing opens the door to contemplation. And contemplation is a path to shape perspective, to find meaning, to gain understanding, and to build more united communities.
opened two coffee bars in Columbia. Kirk is now a freelance writer and editor at The South Carolina Screams Project. He is co-producer of Storyboard America.
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