Dave Pollard recently posted an article which I think is a fine supplement to my earlier thoughts on storytelling as a tool for education and building community capacity. Go check it out.
I bumped into Franke James recently on Twitter and have since discovered her marvelous visual essays. I'm a visual thinker myself, and Franke's approach strikes a real chord with me. Her style of art and re-visioning of photographs pulls me in with effective (and affective) imagery that lingers long after viewing — key elements for any successful story.
Telling a story by co-opting imagery or presentation styles normally reserved for more "academic" concerns is something Jessica Hagy has made famous. Her index card cartoons appeal both to my geekier side as well as my appreciation of simple aesthetics.
Finally, I just had to include the video below as an example of the "entertaining, funny, and/or imaginative" characteristic Dave mentions in his article; it also allows me to make the appalling pun in the title of this post ;) The father of the director was a scientist who impressed upon his son that science was never boring if you talked about it in the right terms. Using metaphor, the video is both educational and entertaining. Enjoy.