About Amanda Hirsch
I'm the former editorial director of PBS.org. I grew up at PBS -- I started as an editor and worked my way up over the course of over six years. I loved working with documentary filmmakers to figure out how to best tell their stories online. During my tenure, PBS.org was the number one dot-org, according to Nielsen NetRatings. We also won a whole bunch of awards. It was a grand time.
I left in 2006 because I wanted to carve out more time to tell my own stories. I founded Creative DC, a blog showcasing and inspiring creative living in Washington, DC; I archived it in 2009 when I moved to NYC. I also founded Good Things Consulting, and continued working with public media orgs as well as other nonprofits and artists to tell their stories online, while writing and performing stories of my own. In 2013 I published my first book, Feeling My Way: Finding Motherhood Without Losing Myself.
I've given talks on digital storytelling for the National Film Board of Canada, the National Press Club and other venues. In addition, I've given talks on how to apply the concepts of improv to life and work at venues such as Etsy and SXSW (for more on these improv talks, check out Think Improv, which I founded and run with my husband, Jordan -- we were voted SXSW audience favorites!).
Jordan and I currently reside in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with our daughter, Alison, and our dog, Cosmo. Life is tuned to just the right creative frequency here to keep me humming.
- Experienced: 14+ years in digital media (writer, editor, strategist, manager). Former employers include PBS, WashingtonPost.com.
- Respected: Popular speaker (National Film Board of Canada, National Press Club), SXSW audience favorite and writer/blogger (MediaShift, P.O.V.).
- Connected: Blogging for a decade, active on Twitter (@amanda_hirsch and @getgoodthings)
- In high school I was voted "Most Congenial" and "Most Likely to Host a Talk Show."
- I once fell asleep on my feet at the Rock and Roll Hotel.
- I can't wink.
I'm Passionate About...
Feeding hungry kids. Independent media. Inspiring people to eat healthy food, and creating systems that make it easier for people to make healthy choices. Empowering young women. Helping artists feel supported. Helping people relax. Supporting local, independent businesses. Using my communication skills to bring clarity to muddled ideas. Evangelizing companies and projects that make our world a better place. Building support for good things.