A Chance For is a photojournalism blog related to public education and broader social issues in the city of Chicago. An avid photographer and storyteller, I re-launched my personal photography blog to chronicle the issues that I care deepest about.
A nerd at heart and lover of all things related to school, I have always been deeply entrenched in the movement to improve public education. While I’m not a teacher and I’m not a CPS student, I am a photographer and storyteller who works by day as a brand strategist. As a brand strategist, I always wonder how can use our skills to better society’s understanding of social issues? How can we brand an issue?
In a Stanford study, it was found that stories are remembered up to 22 times more than facts alone. While people often think that convincing arguments rely on data, facts and figures, studies show that if you share a story, people are more likely to be persuaded. This blog hopes to do just that. I hope to use my camera lens and this website domain to connect readers with real issues through storytelling and first-hand perspectives.
News stories often flaunt dramatic statistics about Chicago’s schools, people and local government. In order to connect both our city and a broader audience to these issues, I hope to chronicle our city’s strengths, weaknesses and areas of improvement with optimism and hope. I hope to connect people both intellectually and emotionally to these issues – and provide a means to get involved. A Chance For hopes to see the potential, and infinite chance for more, that our city possesses. Follow along!