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Zombies Explained - The REDUX

Posted by: leelefever on October 22, 2012- 9:13am

Categories: Explanation, halloween, humor, video, Zombies

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Our video "Zombies in Plain English" is surely responsible for saving millions of brains over the last few years.  But it's time for an update.  For this Halloween, we're debuting a REDUX - with a new ending.  Be brain-safe this Halloween! Our library of other videos are also helpful for brains, but for entirely different reasons. Check them out. And if you're interested in becoming a better explainer, we wrote a book just for you.  Here's the original Zombies video.

Video: Explaining The US Election Process

Posted by: leelefever on October 10, 2012- 12:29pm

Categories: election, Explanation, Explanation, politics, video

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This time of year, politics is everywhere, and so is confusion. Electing the US president is a complex subject with lots of moving parts.   That’s why we chose to explain it with a simple, non-biased video that uses visuals to make it understandable.  It’s one of my favorite videos in our library and I hope it will be helpful to you and people you know. Please feel free to share it. Looking for more videos like this?  Check out our library of video explanations. Or build your own explanation... Continue Reading

New Video - Big Data Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on September 19, 2012- 8:24am

Categories: big data, data, Explanation, New Video, technology, video

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Today we’re announcing a new video explanation: Big Data - Explained by Common Craft   What it Teaches: Incredible amounts of data are produced every day, so much that we can’t use it all.  Big data is a term used to describe the tools and processes that seek to make this data useful and productive.  This video uses the example of traffic data to teach: Where big data comes from and how it’s collected Why special tools are required to use it The three big challenges: Volume, Variability and... Continue Reading

Music Makes Explanations Remarkable

Posted by: leelefever on September 13, 2012- 10:13am

Categories: education, Great Explanations, music, remarkable, video

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Recently we saw Ira Glass, the host of the popular radio show and podcast This American Life, speak about "Reinventing Radio."  One of his first points was about the seriousness of how news and events are usually covered. His show strives to be different - and look for ways to approach news from an original and remarkable perspective. My first thought was to compare this to education and especially educational videos.  So many of them are so very serious.  I will teach you this...you are... Continue Reading
Today we’re announcing a new video: Crowdsourcing - Explained by Common Craft   These days crowdsourcing is changing how we think about getting things done. This video follows the story of a person who discovers how a “crowd” of strangers can help him accomplish a goal. It teaches:   • Why crowdsourcing is needed • How goals are accomplished using crowdsourcing • How crowdsourcing helps with speed, quality and cost • What motivates crowd members to contribute • How crowdfunding helps turn... Continue Reading

This Could Be Your Website's Video Library

Posted by: leelefever on June 7, 2012- 11:29am

Categories: business, Common Craft, learning, strategy, video

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When we opened the Common Craft membership service, we made every video in our library available for embedding on other websites. Our vision was to give organizations of all types a new resource for educating and informing their visitors.  Just recently we saw a great example of this idea at work. A small religious organization in Pennsylvania created a page that serves as their very own library of educational Common Craft videos. With this simple page, they can offer their fans and visitors an... Continue Reading

In Honor of Richard Feynman - The Great Explainer

Posted by: leelefever on May 11, 2012- 12:15pm

Categories: Explainers, feynman, physics, science, video

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Today I was reminded by Brain Pickings that it's Richard Feynman's birthday.  He passed away in 1988, and would have been 94 today.  I recently became fascinated with Feynman while doing research on the Art of Explanation book.  Feynman was a brilliant and colorful American Phycisist who played a major role in the Manhattan Project and later won a Nobel Prize.  He was known as "The Great Explainer" due to his ability to help people understand and more importantly, be inspired by science and the... Continue Reading

Lilipip Has Become What Now? Exactly!

Posted by: leelefever on April 2, 2012- 10:12am

Categories: explainer, Explainer Network, producers, video

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For over two years a company called Lilipip has been a member of our Explainer Network of video producers.  Jen Zug and her team have run the show at Lilipip for while and now that Lilipip's owner has decided to pursue other things, the creative team decided to "keep the band together" and relaunch as a new company.  Their new company is called What Now? Exactly! and starting today, it will replace Lilipip on the Explainer Network.  We've always loved Lilipip's video explanations and expect... Continue Reading

Guest Post: What Communicators Can Learn from a Highsticking Penalty

Posted by: leelefever on January 16, 2012- 12:45pm

Categories: Explanation, hockey, sports, video

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This is a guest post by friend of Common Craft, Darren Barefoot. He's a writer, marketer, Canadian and a big hockey fan. During a hockey game in March, 2010, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara drove Montreal Canadians forward Max Pacioretty into the stanchion that separates the player's benches. Nearly a year later, it still looks like a brutal hit as Pacioretty 's head bounced off the corner of the boards. Chara received a five-minute penalty and ejected from the game. Pacioretty was sent... Continue Reading

New Video: The Smart Grid Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on November 29, 2011- 10:01am

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, smartgrid, video

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Today we’re announcing a new video: The Smart Grid - Explained by Common Craft.Watch it now. This video is a bit of a departure for us, as it focuses on the electric grid that delivers electricity to homes and businesses in the US and is not about the Internet. But the grid has a lot in common with the Web: It’s absolutely essential to our modern work and home lives It’s a network that works behind the scenes It’s complex and not well understood by the public Changes to it impact everyone... Continue Reading

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