All posts for “business”


More Than Videos - How Common Craft is Evolving

Posted by: leelefever on September 6, 2012- 10:34am

Topic: Common Craft

Categories: business, Explanation, mission, strategy


Lately you may have noticed a change in the direction of my posts here at the Common Craft Blog, and you probably know we’ve written a book about explanation. I'd like to take a minute to explain how we’re thinking about our future and why this change in direction makes sense.  For a few years now, we’ve been focused on our video explanations and the idea that video is a powerful form of communication.  I assure you, this is still an important focus for us and we’re currently working on more.... Continue Reading

New Video: Crowdsourcing Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on July 18, 2012- 11:22am

Topic: New Video

Categories: business, crowdsourcing, technology, video, workplace


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

Interview on

Posted by: leelefever on July 11, 2012- 10:40am

Topic: Interview

Categories: article, business, buzz, entrepreneurship, interview


  Today the nice folks at published an article that was based on an interview I did with them recently.  Sprouter is a resource for start-ups and the interview is focused more on the business of Common Craft than the explanations.  A sample: LeFever believes the biggest lesson he’s learned from the process of building Common Craft is to invest in the future. “Every business needs cash flow and services (consulting, etc.) are a way to generate cash today. But you also have to be... Continue Reading

This Could Be Your Website's Video Library

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

Topic: Common Craft

Categories: business, learning, strategy, video


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

The Common Craft Story - A Presentation at Big Ideas Fest

Posted by: leelefever on May 22, 2012- 12:07pm

Topic: Speaking

Categories: business, education, event, presentation, strategy


Late last year I was invited to present at an event called Big Ideas Fest, which focuses on change and inspiration related to K-20 education.  My presentation, entitled "Viral to Valuable" was about 15 minutes long and appeared during a track of the conference called "Scale and Spread", which related to scaling and spreading an idea.  If you're interested in the Common Craft story and how we came to focus our business on video as a digital product, etc., I tell the story in this video: To find... Continue Reading

New Video: Twitter for Business - Explained by Common Craft

Posted by: leelefever on April 17, 2012- 8:40am

Topic: New Video

Categories: business, Explanation, strategy, twitter


Today we’re announcing a new video: Twitter for Business - Explained by Common Craft.     Twitter has been a big part of the Common Craft story.  In 2008 we made a video called Twitter in Plain English that was present on the Twitter home page for over a year, introducing millions to both Twitter and Common Craft. Since that time Twitter has evolved in many ways.  As it became a powerful way to track news and discover information, we made a video on Twitter Search.  Now that it’s become a... Continue Reading

How We Think About Creative Commons

Posted by: leelefever on February 16, 2012- 1:58pm

Topic: Creative Commons

Categories: business, licensing, strategy


As you may have seen, we recently published a video about copyright and Creative Commons.  It tells the story of a photographer who discovers ways to use both for her goals. Recently, the Creative Commons organization saw the video and asked an important question in a tweet: Nice video on how a photographer might use #CC licenses: (in draft) @CommonCraft Will you CC license this video? :) Our answer is “no” - and here’s why:   We think Creative Commons is an excellent idea... Continue Reading

Louis C.K. and the Direct-to-Fans Model

Posted by: leelefever on December 15, 2011- 11:50am

Topic: Direct-to-Fans

Categories: business, comedy, fans, media, strategy


  Recently comedian Louis C.K. has made a lot of news by offering his most recent comedy special for $5 via his website. That doesn’t sound amazingly disruptive in itself, but if you dive a little deeper, you’ll see that it's an experiment that shines a light on the future of media.   Let’s look at the normal process.  A creative person creates something amazing; it could be a video, a album, artwork, whatever.  They often work, under contract, with media companies to sell it. This gives them... Continue Reading

The New Common Craft is Now Live!

Posted by: leelefever on August 9, 2011- 1:54pm

Topic: New Common Craft

Categories: business, ourwork, strategy, website


It's true!  We just launched our new website and business. Here’s a quick review: Common Craft is now a video subscription service. You or your organization can become a Common Craft member and have your own online library of all current and future Common Craft videos for use in classrooms and on the web. Membership features include: Instant access - your own growing library of Common Craft videos Sharing tools - easily embed, display or download any video Worry-free membership - no extra fees... Continue Reading

What is Common Craft For?

Posted by: leelefever on June 23, 2011- 9:58am

Topic: our work

Categories: business, education, strategy


  It’s taken years and lots of discussions with our fans to understand the answer to the simple question: what is Common Craft for?  We’re just a small company, we don’t have a research department or salespeople pounding the pavement.  We have to learn from what people say online, in email, discussion and phone calls. The summary of this input has helped us define the future of Common Craft and the new direction we’re taking this summer. For example, just yesterday we received messages that... Continue Reading