Swag Poll – The design of this swag is up to you.

Hey all, we’ve had some requests for SWAG, so we’re going to design some! We’ll do a t-shirt that puts the Last Graph brand front and center, but we’d also like to make a few that are more subtle. We threw some ideas at the wall today. Which of them do you like? Add your ideas in the comments!

If these slogans were on a T-Shirt which would you buy?

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StoryActions #2: Inspired by Malala

Malala Yousafzai at Girl Summit 2014 CreativeCommons 2.0 Photo by: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development.

Credit: Russell Watkins

As we work to bring The Last Graph database online, I’ve been creating actions related to the news. Today’s action is in honor of Malala Yousafzai, who just won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Recently Malala has been advocating to teach every child (particularly girls) one Hour of Code. I learned to code when I was 12 or 13 and learning HTML taught me more than web development. It helped changed the way I see the world. When you learn to code, you learn that when you understand how things works, you can take them apart and make them better.

Malala, thanks for helping build a better world!

StoryActions #1: NYT on Concussions

Our friend, a teacher named Lisa, shared this NYT story with us. We thought it needed a ‘Last Graph’ to show people how they can affect the story.  So we made one which you can use below.

We’ll be producing a lot more of these story-action pairings While we’re testing our systems and trying to get everything ship-shape for our beta. If you’ve got a story you’d like us to create an action for… let us know in the comments.

Canadian District Goes to School on Concussions


BURLINGTON, Ontario — For decades, schools across North America have taught about public health issues like the dangers of tobacco and drug abuse. But this academic year in one large Ontario school district, students are learning about a newly identified public health concern: concussions.

…Original Story on NYT


Link to the curriculum.

Toilet Hacking, our conceptual predecesor

We here at The Last Graph are currently seeking funding. We’re waiting to hear back about one grant proposal now. Fingers crossed we’ll find funding which will let us spend more time getting the beta ready!

Meanwhile, we wanted to share something from the archives. This is a video I produced for a project back in 2008. I followed the video up with a form where people could report taking action. It was a very version of the kind of actions The Last Graph will allow everyone to create.

Take a few minutes to watch this fun old video and learn how to conserve gallons of water each year.

A poll about changing the world

There are lots of ways to affect a story. I’ve listed some of my favorite ideas below. I want to know which ones you’re most interested in.

If these slogans were on a T-Shirt which would you buy?

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The Albatross around our Necks

When I explain “The Last Graph” to people, one of my favorite examples is this short film:

When I first saw the video, I was filled with emotion and motivation but like many other stories, it seemed to be happening a world away. I felt I had no control and little influence, and the end-note of story was the quintessential “share this.”share this“..and what?” I thought, “Ruin someone else’s day too.”

Here’s how the last graph of this story might have read:

Like the albatross in ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner,’ the digital/social saturation of society can be a blessing or a curse.

*In fairness, there is now a donation button connected to the story. The donations go toward the production of a longer film.