I spent a month working on iteration, testing new mediums, and playing with video, audio, and social media formats -- I did this by creating 30 explainers in 30 days.
Table of Contents:
Lori Lightfoot's First Budget Address
Famous Con Artists
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Ada Lovelace <- Lord Byron Connection
Fines and Fees Ordinance
Funeral Home Consumer Protections - Know Your Rights
What is the CCLBA (1,2,3)
History of 911
Implementation of Trans Inclusive School District Policy
Astro City Star Chart -- Maurice Cox (Head of Housing Department)
The first bodybuilder
What is Deep Work?
What is narrative shift?
What are absorption goals?
How can you use Story Based Strategy to build a message?
The Redirect Method
Astro City Star Chart -- New Committee Heads
Here were the rules:
1. There’s no length, topic, or medium requirement, just a time cap of 4 hours. I will cover Chicago politics, technology policy, fitness/technology history, emergency management, housing, and narrative structure bc I have notes on these saved in a giant Google Doc called “COOL STUFF”.
2. I have to use at least 5 new mediums over the next month (audio, video of self recorded, animation video style, TikTok??? Jk I won’t use TikTok).
3. Any ideas for a explainer have a waiting period of 24 hours before implementation (ie, if I come up with a new topic I want to do, I can’t then immediately start working on it and blow off my other commitments/projects… my current state of being).
4. If you want to do this too, let me know! I’m going to use the hashtag #30daysexplainer so I can keep track as I go.