I am so excited to be working as the production designer for My Sky is Falling an immersive story experience that aims to raise awareness about the challenges American foster children face before they age out of the foster care system. A pilot of the Story Design Lab, a lab that mixes narrative design, game mechanics, and design science to tackle social problems.

My Sky is Falling compares the experience of aging out of the foster program to a science fiction thriller. The purpose of this project is for participants to understand on an emotional level what it is like to be a foster child and will hopefully be part of a framework to help potential foster care parents.

My Sky is Falling is a collaboration between Columbia students and former foster kids, including the filmmaker Lydia Joyner. This production is made possible through a partnership between Reboot Stories and NGO’s Orange Duffel Bag and The Harmony Institute.

About Reboot Stories
Reboot Stories harnesses storytelling, technology and design science to form an innovation engine for digital literacy, cross-generational learning and social change.

About Orange Duffel Bag
The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation provides coaching, training and ongoing mentoring to at-risk youth; support to their guardians and caring adults; and service to the community in a spirit of offering hope and enriching young lives.

About the Harmony Institute
The Harmony Institute (HI) is an interdisciplinary research center that studies the impact of entertainment on individuals and society.

My Sky is Falling Schedule
April 11th – Envision @ the Tribeca 92Y
Envision explores the power of storytelling as a vehicle for social good. Envision’s annual gathering connects UN experts and NGOs with some of the most creative minds in film making and new media, and helps them work together to find new and compelling ways to create a momentum for social change. Hosted by the UN and IFP.

April 27th – diy days NYC @ The New School
1:30 – 6:00
diy days is a roving gathering for those who create. FREE to participants and organized by volunteers – diy days is about the accessibility of ideas, resources and networking that can enable creators to fund, create, distribute and sustain.