100 Leaders

In 2014, National History Day asked the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) to build a website that would coordinate with the 2015 contest theme, Leadership and Legacy in History.

100 Leaders needed to answer this challenge: How do you invite people to think about different qualities of leadership in a meaningful way and explore the legacy of significant leaders?

RRCHNM built a custom Drupal website with a jQuery slider for the rating interface, and worked with NHD to design a responsive site that would resonate visually with today’s young people and allow voting via desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

RRCHNM also produced videos for the site, including “What makes a leader?” Other videos focus on teaching strategies and a peek into the selection process. For each video, we developed storyboards and scripts, filmed on-site, conducted extensive image research, and completed post-production incorporating interstitials and motion graphics.

In November 2014, the voting platform for 100 Leaders in World History launched.

The site includes profiles of 100 leaders in world history selected by a panel of historians, teachers, and students. Teachers will find activities and classroom-ready materials, including lessons, mini-posters, and videos to spark discussion and debate.

During the voting period from November 2014 through February 2015, visitors rate leaders on five qualities of leadership. In the first month of voting, the site received more than 200,000 submissions.

The final rankings will be announced in Spring 2015.