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Creating narrative change that challenges the status quo!

We all know how it feels to put yourself out there and get rejected – especially when it comes to things that matter! At makesense, we’re all about making social impact common sense, and what better way to do that than through the power of storytelling?

Stories shape how we think, and we act on what we think. When used for good, storytelling can shift policy, transform communities, and help us imagine better futures. It can change the world.

Makesense Studio is a free creative program designed to engage communities in human-centered storytelling. We train participants in digital campaigning, narrative change, and story-based strategies to craft messages that make people want to listen and take action. The Studio’s mission is to produce stories that document the greatest story ever – that of human beings trying to do good.

“It’s not about saying what’s popular, it’s about making popular what needs to be said.”

– Anat Shenker Osorio

If you are a no-BS creative, community organizer, or digital strategist looking for:

  • • A platform to communicate complex topics that you care about
  • • A kick-ass creative team to help you create the change you want to see in the world
  • • A chance to finally beat that annoying creative block
  • • A safe space to improve your craft 

Then the Studio is open for you! Learn how to craft a stronger message to help your audience swipe right for social impact! 

Get your story heard by joining the makesense Studio.
Applications for Batch 1 are currently closed

_successful campaigns from our previous storytellers

🎉 Haraya: Para sa Kinabukasan ng Kabataan was a two-part virtual benefit concert featuring awesome Filipino musicians calling on support to ensure that the youth of vulnerable communities could have access to education even during the global pandemic.

In support of their partner beneficiaries — 💡 Upskills+ Foundation Inc. and 📖 Teach for the Philippines — two of our micro-interns planned the entire event, from contacting performers to designing an entire marketing campaign from scratch. With their own skills and guidance from our program, they raised funds & mobilised other citizens to provide children in Philippine public schools with the resources they needed for online learning in 2020 – how cool is that?! 🤩

_meet your mentors and editorial board

Andy is a writer and communications director for makesense Philippines. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and won the Best of Small Fiction 2020 award, which she thinks is pretty cool. Every day she asks herself how to make social impact sexy.

_recent works
> Tackling Climate and Gender Through Social Entrepreneurship
> Un-sung

Ysa is an illustrator/graphic designer, and the Communications Manager for makesense Philippines.
She’s worked on local educational modules for the Department of Finance and the Parenting for Lifelong Health Program (UNICEF & WHO).

Komiks for a cause! 💪

_recent works
> Tungo sa Pagbabago: Isang #TaxReformSerye
> Why Social Entrepreneurs Need to Collaborate with Communities More than Ever

_testimonials from our previous storytellers

“I’d just like to say that I’ve learned a lot from this internship even though it lasted for only a month. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to work with you!”

W.M., Sensereporter

“My experience with makesense made me realize the value of my actions and how it can form ripples of positive change.”

K. P., Sensereporter

“One of the really cool things I get to do is work towards specific causes that we personally care about. In my case, that’s animal welfare, tech startups, and of course – mental health. The results worldwide from our proven design thinking methodology are remarkable. All these projects I got to do in less than 6 months. I’m here to tell you that the effort in our campaigns is 80% done online – from training, planning, until execution, that’s in person. Crazy, right? But totally doable.”

KL, writer, speaker, co-founder, and Makesense Manila ambassador

Get your story heard, inspire real change today

Unfortunately the Studio is closed for sign ups this month. But you can stay tuned for updates through the button below!

_stories from our social impact storytellers

We're not the heroes of this story

Words by Angel Martinez
Edited by Aimee Requiron
Art by Raye Ortiz

No, nature is not yet healing.

Words by Waynnie Melendres
Art by Hazel Cruz

A Digital Citizen’s Guide to Battling the Infodemic.

Words by Angel Martinez
Edited by Jyska Kuan Ken
Art by Andie Poblete

_frequently asked questions

How can I apply?


Simply fill out this form via tinyurl.com/MKSPHStudio by midnight on April 4th, 2021!

I'm not from the Philippines, can I still participate?


We really appreciate your interest in joining the Studio! 🤩
As this is Batch 1 of the program, it has been catered to include a lot of context from the Philippines and is currently only open for PH citizens.

In the meantime, we do kindly ask for your patience and to please follow our social media channels on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn to get the latest news and hear when our programs open up across Asia again 😀

Are there any requirements needed to join?


We kindly ask that you share at least 1 sample of your best work. (Ex. Essays for content creators, an infographic for researchers, etc…) in your application.

We’d love to work with those who are willing to challenge, inspire, and educate on topics surrounding social good or the SDGs. If you haven’t created work on this before, just send in any of your best!

How many hours are we expected to commit?


There aren’t any strict hours we’ll ask you to render, but dedicate a few hours each week for online correspondence with your team, your assigned E.B, and the Studio team, and of course, doing whatever you signed up to do in the program!

Who can I contact to learn more?


For questions and anything you might need, feel free to contact Ysa at ysabel@makesense.org.

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