Eliza Dushku: "The St0ry experience was awesome. Having the space and time to get to know such an extraordinary group of diverse and accomplished people really helped me think in different terms about social media and I gained keen insights into social philanthropy and digital strategy overall."

Kevin Smith: "The St0ry ended up as one of my favorite creative highlights of this year. Meeting people from all over the world to exchange our ideas fed my ever-hungry artist's soul and rekindled dormant dreams of projects long-since abandoned. Count me in for more St0ries!"

Ross Martin: "The St0ry is a tight, powerful catalyst for creativity and innovation. As one of the first to address the group, I was quickly blown away by the project’s vision and the pioneering ambition of its handpicked participants."

Where / When / What:

The first gathering occurred in Las Vegas, January 5 - 7, 2013, preceding the Consumer Electronics Show.

It was a rare opportunity, away from day-jobs and comfort zones, with no audience or live-streaming, to be immersed in a multi-disciplinary experience. With skillfully crafted sessions, catalysts invited into the conversation, and other surprises, participants left inspired, provoked and supported by like-minded creators and potential partners.

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The creation and transmission of stories is central to who we are. From well before Alexander’s “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you” to well after Sohaib’s “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event),” technology is our means of connecting with the world and telling our stories.

As John Steinbeck wrote, “If a story is not about the hearer, he will not listen. And here I make a rule - a great and interesting story is about everyone or it will not last.” From TED videos to live-tweeting historical events, animated GIFs and LOLcats, new media is birthing new forms of entertainment and new genres of stories, changing the creation, consumption and value of stories.

When cultural shifts ripple over days instead of generations, our storytelling challenge is to follow the bliss of the timely while not forgetting the lessons of the timeless. In doing so, we continually reconsider and redefine concepts of identity, collaboration, entertainment, art, news and much more.

Rising to this challenge, innovators crave collaboration in the journey of expressing creativity and manifesting foresight.


The gathering was made possible by grants from ROI Community and Taglit-Birthright Israel and was convened by Jacob Shwirtz. Expenses, including travel, room, board and conference fees were covered by the organizers.

ROI Community is a global community of Jewish innovators created by Lynn Schusterman. ROI connects dynamic, creative Jews and gives them the tools, support and space to turn their ideas into innovative work that will change the world. ROI Community conferences, Connection Points, professional development, mentorship opportunities and financial support empower ROI members as leaders, activists and change-agents in shaping the future.


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Click to discover the three guest catalysts that joined us.

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