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Video: Cloud Computing in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on November 10, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: Common Craft Video, computerbasics, paperworks, plainenglish, video

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Today we published a new video called Cloud Computing in Plain English: This title has been one of our most requested and for good reason.  Cloud Computing is a subject that has an explanation problem - people have a hard time understanding it because it's difficult to explain quickly.  Like Social Media, it's a subject that is very broad and lacks broad consensus in terms of clear explanations. Our hope with this video is to lay bit of groundwork so people can see the big ideas. We asked a... Continue Reading

Video Licensing: The Business of Permission

Posted by: leelefever on October 27, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, licensing, strategy, video

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Almost anyone can make a video and put it online, but there are relatively few good models for earning a living from online videos. We've been experimenting over a couple of years and believe more than ever that video licensing is a model that has huge potential. The Current Options Of course there's the advertising model.  A video is made, it attracts eyeballs, eyeballs are distracted by ads. A tiny percentage of people click the ads and the video host and video owner make a bit of money.  It... Continue Reading

Financial Basics Video Pack (6 videos, 15% off)

Posted by: leelefever on October 11, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: financialbasics, money, video, Video Pack

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Videos in our "Money" category have been a focus for us this year and we're excited to announce a new pack of six video called the "Financial Basics Pack."  Packs are groups of Common Craft videos that can be purchased together for a 15% discount.  The Financial Basics Pack includes videos on the topics below. You can watch them all on this page. Saving Money (Compound Interest) in Plain English Borrowing Money in Plain English Investing Money in Plain English Stock Markets in Plain English... Continue Reading
Today we've published a new video "Saving for Retirement in Plain English". Since we first considered making the series of videos on Money, we've had our eyes on retirement savings. Not just our retirement, but yours. Too many people start saving too late and/or don't know the basics of why retirement accounts like 401ks and IRAs make sense. This video is aimed at helping people see the long term benefits of retirement accounts.Who is it for?  Along with use in schools, we see this video being... Continue Reading

Welcoming Two New Members of the Explainer Network

Posted by: leelefever on September 20, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, Explainer Network, Explanation, network, video

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We're so excited to have two new members of our Explainer Network of custom video producers.  Lilipip is a Seattle-based company that has been making videos for years. They're seeing new opportunities in the world of animated video explanations and we think they'll be a great fit for the Network.  From their listing: We make animated videos about your product, service, or concept. We’re an “Open-Source Creative” team with transparent pricing and processes – featuring global artists with a wide... Continue Reading

Video: Stock Markets in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on September 1, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, financialbasics, money, ourwork, video

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Today we've published a new video: Stock Markets in Plain English This video is one of our most requested and focuses on a few basic ideas: Why companies offer their stock to the public Why people buy and sell stocks What makes stock prices change How we measure stock markets using indices This video is part of our Money series and one of the first to touch on markets.  It was also one of the toughest to make. Economic forces like supply and demand can quickly turn into rabbit holes. Keeping... Continue Reading

New Explainer Network Member: 1/29 Explainers

Posted by: leelefever on August 12, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, Explainer Network, Explanation, network, video

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We're excited to announce a new member of the Common Craft Explainer Network, 1/29 Explainers. Executive producer Nick Seuser and the 1/29 team have ton of experience in the film and video world. Our introduction to 1/29 was through the "Behind the Logic" series of videos they did for Pandora. You can watch them on the 1/29 Explainers home page. We were impressed with the entertaining creative way they explain the logic that connects the music that plays via Pandora.  Here's an example: 1/29... Continue Reading

Video: Insurance in Plain English

Posted by: leelefever on July 20, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: Common Craft Video, Explanation, financialbasics, money, ourwork, video

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Today we've published a new video: Insurance in Plain English As we wrote recently, we're focusing on our Money category over the next month or two.  This video, Insurance in Plain English, is meant to explain why insurance exists, what service it provides, how it works and what role it plays in being financially responsible. Insurance is a concept that surrounds us all the time. In fact, it's so common that it's easy to assume that everyone understands it and why it makes sense.... Continue Reading

Potential Confusion Avoided - rPath Video

Posted by: leelefever on July 6, 2009- 5:00pm

Categories: business, help request, legal, ourwork, video

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Yesterday, we posted about a video by a company called rPath with the title "Cloud Computing in Plain English." Read about it here. The blog post came as a result of our unsuccessful efforts over six months to illustrate to rPath that their video, because of the combination of the "in Plain English" title and use of paper-cut outs on a whiteboard, was a source of confusion for Common Craft customers. Because rPath insisted on using legal means to communicate their stance, we chose to take a... Continue Reading
Updated: The issue described below has been resolved. You can read about it here. While we are happy to be an inspiration for educators and individuals, sometimes we see examples of commercial organizations that choose to make videos that cause potential confusion. When a video uses paper cut-outs on a whiteboard and "in Plain English" in the title, people may mistake it for part of the Common Craft video series. This confusion compromises the hard work we've put into building the Common Craft... Continue Reading

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