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Hannah Stonehouse Hudson

VIDEO:  "Empathy and the power of virtual communities"

Hannah, a photographer and writer based on the south shore of Lake Superior,  knows what it means to go viral. She experienced how a single photo placed on Facebook could change her world overnight, waking up the next morning with media calls and inquiries from around the world. Strangers by the thousands came out of the ether to learn more about the story behind the photo and to offer financial and moral support for the subject of the photo. In contrast to popular internet shaming and divisiveness, Hannah's experience was mostly a positive one, an example of how an internet community can band together in a virtual instant. They came to her individually with good intentions, even if collectively it was a bit overwhelming.
Then, months later, after the mayhem settled down to a manageable level, it happened again. This time the focus was about Hannah, not her photo, and the internet community came out to to lift her up from her darkest days.

Listen to ALL of the 2015 Talks & Performances

Luca Clemente: "From tent city to tiny house village"

COL Scott St. Sauver: "A MN approach to helping veterans heal"

Benjamin Thwaits: "Focusing a lens on human potential"

Sara Sherman: "Horses see our armor"

Mike Link and Kate Crowley: "Full Circle: Hiking around Lake Superior" 

Jason Edens: "A long-term solution to fuel poverty"

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson: "Empathy and the power of virtual communities"

Arlene Jones: "Who's at your table?"

Corey Medina: "Using blues to shed light"

Tane Danger: "Improv, wicked problems, and the platypus"

Marie Johnson: "Listening to the (her) heart"

Matthew Fluharty: "Changing the face of rural"

Rick McLean: "Storytelling through song"

Jessica Willits: "Reaching out in our schools"