Jake Barton
Founder & Principal, Local Projects
Biography
Jake Barton is Founder and Principal of Local Projects, a media and physical design firm that creates groundbreaking experiences, including landmark projects for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, and the Legacy Musuem.

Local Projects has won every major award, including National Design Awards and Cannes Lions, for work that focuses on retail, including Open House for Target, storytelling with StoryCorps, archeology with the London Mithraeum Bloomberg Space, and fine art with the Cleveland Museum of Art's groundbreaking Gallery One. His TED talk has nearly a million views, and he is on Fast Company magazine’s list of top fifty designers.
Jake Barton
Founder & Principal, Local Projects
SPEAKER FILM
Jake Barton — Story (US)
Jake Barton — Story (US)

From a July Fourth fireworks celebration to the moon landing to 9/11, events experienced together create a shared bond. The account of those events get told again and again, and never the same way twice, by those who lived it. Stories have always evolved this way, from the Iliad to the assassination of President Lincoln, and these stories have always bound nations and peoples together. Today, though, online and mobile platforms, combined with a diverse and amplified media environment, have allowed everyday people to capture these experiences and share them with an audience on a scale never before possible, turning almost anyone into a potential generator of content. At the same time, other new technological platforms are giving professional storytellersÑjournalists, curators, artists, graphic designers, and othersÑmore power than ever to harness those stories to create a larger, cohesive narrative. That act of harnessing and shaping many disparate individual narratives into something greater than the sum of its parts is what collaborative storytelling is. Collaborative storytelling, in turn, can become the foundation for an entirely new kind of interpretive experience like the one Jake Barton and his colleagues at Local Projects have created for the National September 11 Museum and Memorial in New York City.