CONTACT ME: paulvdc [at] gmail [dot] com

LINKEDIN: Visit my page on LinkedIn.

WHAT'S NEW: Read "UNDP In Focus 2015/2016," the illustrated annual report I wrote for the United Nations Development Programme. Microsite version also available.

Also see the second edition of "Storytelling and Social Change," a guide for activists, organizations and social entrepreneurs, which I wrote for Working Narratives.

STORYTELLING AND SOCIAL CHANGE. I am managing director of an organization called Working Narratives, which uses storytelling to support social-change groups. 

NONPROFIT WRITING AND RESEARCH. I do research, writing, and strategy planning for nonprofits and foundations, primarily in the areas of the arts, media, religion, and criminal justice. Clients have included the Communications Network, the Ford Foundation, Philanthropy New York, GrantCraft, Active Voice, Public/Private Ventures, and the Columbia Center for Oral History.

FREELANCE WRITING AND PRODUCING. My writing about the arts and travel has appeared in such publications as American Theatre Magazine, Esopus, Public Books, Out Traveler, and on "Studio 360."

BLOG/PODCAST. I have an archived blog and podcast on the many forms of storytelling, at On that site you can also find my audio walking tours of San Francisco.

VIDEO. Several of my short videos are available on this site.

PREVIOUS WORK. Previously, I have been a researcher for playwright Anna Deavere Smith, news reporter for KPFA Radio, and counselor for homeless youth. I also used to coordinate a program in storytelling and oral history, for which I produced events, radio programs, and workshops. I have volunteered as a mediator and a Holocaust oral history interviewer.

DEGREES AND AWARDS. I have a bachelor's degree from Brown University in Russian Language and Literature and master's degrees from the Divinity School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. I have been awarded grants and fellowships by the Echoing Green Foundation, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Potrero Nuevo Fund.