I was named Seventeen Magazine's "Fave Storyteller" in their October issue.
Mashable said, "With 100,000 followers and counting, Branden Harvey's uplifting message of hope and dignity is giving the internet a meaningful dose of medicine."
"Your hair looks like an ice cream swirl."
—Lots of strangers say this. (It's true.)
Hi, I’m Branden!
I’m a storyteller focused on the good in the world.
What does being a storyteller mean to you, Branden?
I’m fortunate enough to have worked for myself for a long time. I started to shooting photos professionally at 16. But I never really felt content with my work until I started using photography to tell stories. Specifically, celebratory and hopeful stories. (You can read more about my transformation process here.)
While I still shoot a lot of photos, what I do has evolved to a point where my life is centered around telling hopeful stories in all kinds of ways.
Where are you telling stories now?
I tell stories alongside my talented team at the company I founded, Good Good Good.
Good Good Good is an uprising of hopefuls marching against the hate, fear, and injustice in the world by celebrating and becoming accomplices in good work. The stories and tools we provide are designed leave you feeling less overwhelmed, and more capable of being a part of the good in the world.
We tell stories through:
Sounds Good, the weekly podcast I host focused on hopeful conversations with optimists and world-changers about the unique experiences that drive them to use their influence for good.
The Goodnewsletter, an email newsletter filled with five good news stories worth knowing about. sent to thousands of hopeful subscribers every Tuesday.
The Goodnewspaper, a physical quarterly newspaper fighting against a world full of hate by celebrating the people, ideas and movements that are changing the world.
I also tell stories through Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and any other social media tool I can get my hands on. My captions and photos on Instagram have been featured in Fortune Magazine, Mashable, and Esquire and I was nominated for a Shorty Award for Snapchatter of the Year. Twice. (I got beaten by DJ Khaled, of course.)
I’m also constantly seeking new ways to tell stories with brands on a mission to make the world better. In the past I've helped brands like Disney, Square, Southwest Airlines, (RED), UNICEF, and Coca-Cola tell stories that matter.
Why are you focused on the good in the world?
This is my favorite question.
I’ve always been incredibly optimistic. (Probably even too optimistic at times.) But as I’ve traveled the world and filled my life with new experiences, I’ve been woken up to the many injustices in the world.
It was really hard to not get overwhelmed with cynicism when I met women in Uganda whose lives were forever upended by the LRA, spent time with orphaned children in the Philippines who were addicts because quenching their hunger with drugs was cheaper than buying food, and saw firsthand the ways division, fear-mongering, and racial injustice continue to permeate my own country.
Scientists have found cynicism is directly correlated with alzheimer's. While hope on the other hand, has been shown to make you smarter and more creative. When we experience hope, our body actually releases potent brain chemicals that encourage healing and temper the damaging effects of fear.
Cynicism shuts down our ability to take action and be a part of ending injustices in the world. I’m doing whatever I can to keep that spark of hope alive by celebrating the people who are making a difference in the world of injustice. And I'm bringing together others who are choosing to be a part of that same journey.
The world is filled with these people shrugging off cynicism and making an impact in the world. I’m celebrating these people and their efforts because I believe it gives myself and others courage to follow in their footsteps.
Want to join me?