All posts by Stacy Noland

I am a serial entrepreneur, social innovator, filmmaker, snowboard instructor, and a master storyteller with the ability to hone and distill the complexities of the human condition into simple, clear, purposeful, and emotionally compelling narratives. I can make you laugh. I can make you cry. I can make you mad. I can inspire you to jump out of your seat, to stand up, to step forward, to roll up your sleeves and take action. You have been warned.
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The National Climate Assessment

The Obama Administration and the U.S. Global Change Research Program release the Third National Climate Assessment, the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on U.S. climate change impacts ever generated.

The report confirms the growing impact of climate change on communities across the country, the economy,  and our society. The report further suggests the need to increase the preparedness and resilience of American communities. 

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Vanishing Pearls in Louisiana

Stacy Noland discusses Nailah Jefferson’s, VANISHING PEARLS, the story of the Oystermem of Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival.

Pointe à la Hache, a town of nearly 300, is struggling to survive following the BP Oil Spill that left their crop dead, finances in ruin and culture facing extinction.

StormSurge

Storm Surge Film

Millions of Americans find themselves overwhelmed by the daunting task of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods, families and communities in the aftermath of the deadliest and most devastating natural and technological disasters in U.S. history.

From Hurricanes Katrina, Isaac, and Sandy, to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and the super tornadoes that struck Joplin, Tuscaloosa, and Moore, to the floods, fires, and torrential rainstorms in Colorado, the compounded effect of these disasters have left a complex landscape of environmental, economic, and social challenges that will take decades to resolve.

Storm Surge (Official Trailer) from Storm Surge Film on Vimeo.

Told from the shared viewpoints of a single mother of six, a mayor, a medical doctor, a minister, a musician, and a master carpenter, Storm Surge offers a sobering glimpse into the day-to-day struggles and sacrifices these individuals must make to overcome the impact of disasters, but to also keep roofs over their heads, food on the table, their sanity, and families together, all while navigating a tempest of bureaucratic red tape and corporate corruption that prevents them realizing of full recovery.

All to often, post-disaster recovery efforts focus on rebuilding the physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, housing, and commercial businesses. Absent from these conversations is the critical and cathartic importance of rebuilding communities using the power of personal storytelling and social impact media to promote resiliency and reduce the post-disaster recovery period.

Storm Surge celebrates humanity at its very best, amid some of the worst circumstances imaginable, and reminds us that we are both students and teachers of life, and that stories can help us find meaning and make sense of our lives.

Storm Surge is a project of the Moontown Foundation.

GiveBIG2014

giveBIG Challenge 2014

We’re excited to participate in the Seattle Foundation’s Fourth Annual giveBIG Challenge tomorrow, Tuesday, May 6th.

All donations made through the Seattle Foundation website during the 24-hour giveBIG event will be ‘stretched’ by The Seattle Foundation and giveBIG sponsors. This means that donations of any size, big or small, will make an even greater impact.

Your donation will automatically enter you into a drawing to win a golden ticket! The golden ticket will provide an additional $1,000 to your donation and you will win a $100 gift card. The Seattle Foundation will announce the winning nonprofits and donors on social media throughout the day.

Mark your calendar and encourage your friends to donate by forwarding this e-mail and sharing our Facebook and Twitter posts.

giveBIG to the Mooontown Foundation TOMORROW!

Oso Strong

SR 530 Landslide

Debris Pile

Moontown Foundation Founder, Stacy Noland, provides photo documentation training to disaster response volunteer.

In March 2014, we volunteered to photo document the SR 530 landslide disaster response effort in Oso, Washington.

We spent 6-days on the frontlines of the slide, 6-days that felt like 6-years. Here, in our own backyard, as in the rest of the country, we experienced humanity at its very best, amid some of the worst circumstances imaginable.

In Oso we saw world-class crisis leadership practiced at its finest. We witnessed the unwavering courage of rescue canines and the self-sacrificing bravery of local volunteers. We ventured through the mudslide debris pile, a thick, primordial soup of mud, shattered homes, uprooted trees, leaking propane tanks and managled vehicles in search of missing people and pets. We stood quietly at attention and watched a grandfather identify the remains his 4-month old grandchild; a moment forever seared into our collective memories.

Great East Japan Proclamation

Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

SEATTLE MAYOR ED MURRAY PROCLAIMS GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND REMEMBRANCE DAY

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, marked the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit the Tōhoku-Oki region of Japan, resulting in one of the deadliest and most destructive disasters in the country’s history. The environmental, social, and economic impacts of this historic catastrophe will be felt for decades.

KING 5 television news anchor Lori Matsukawa and Seattle’s Moontown Foundation teamed up to host a special event showcasing the creative works of three critically acclaimed Pacific Northwest artists,using the power of film, music, and social media to commemorate the ongoing crisis and celebrate the resiliency of the Japanese people.

“It’s been three years since the triple tragedy of the earthquake, tsunami, and the meltdown at Fukushima, yet the crisis is not over. In some ways, we’re in the early stages of the recovery process, a process that could conceivably take a century to mitigate,” said Stacy Noland, Founder and CEO of the Moontown Foundation.

“The city of Seattle and the state of Washington have been economic trade and cultural exchange partners for more than 150 years. Our state has 35 sister cities with Japan, one sister county, and we are a sister state to Hyogo. It’s important that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great nation of Japan as it works to rebuild in the wake of one of the deadliest and most destructive disasters in its history,” Noland continued.

“Japan has made great progress towards revitalization over the last three years, both physically and in spirit, and the assistance from residents, business, NGOs, and schools have been noteworthy,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who has issued a proclamation commemorating the tragedy and invited Masahiro Omura, the Consul General of Japan, to receive that proclamation on behalf of the Japanese people.

“The City of Seattle honors the victims and all those impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster,” proclaimed Murray.