Use social media to drive social change: The Dragonfly Effect

This looks like an interesting book: ‘The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media to Drive Social Change’ by Jennifer Aaker & Andy Smith

“A handbook on using the power and popularity of social media to do good in the world. The Dragonfly Effect because of that insect’s ability to move in any direction when its four wings work together. This is a comprehensive guide for how to take your cause and compassion viral:

  • an e-mail campaign to register bone marrow donors for hard-to-match patients
  • a Colombian engineer who used Facebook to organize a protest against the Revolutionary Armed Forces
  • the microlending site Kiva”

(edited from Amazon’s blurb)

(source Tomomi Sato : @satomo_  RT @yuuhey: “The Dragonfly Effect” ????????????????????????????????????????????????? )

Animating StoryCorps interview

“The things we all share are pretty much the things that bring us together”. That’s how Jamillah Knowles began her piece about StoryCorps. I was listening to the BBC Outriders technology podcast this week and really enjoyed the StoryCorps interview. The programme’s presenter Jamillah talked with Mike Rauch, who’s making animations of some of these audio stories.

I don’t know whether or not this podcast is downloadable outside the UK, but here’s a link to the 12 MB mp3 file of this episode.

Annie and Danny PerasaThe story by Danny and Annie at the start of the sequence was really moving, especially when I heard that Danny had passed away since recording his story. I just wanted to send my condolences to Annie and hope she’s doing OK. Here’s a link to the page on the StoryCorps website which features Danny and Annie’s story.

See how trees could improve your local area with a new tool that helps get them planted.

Before and after virtualisation owned by Woodlands Trust.The Woodland Trust has launched a new civic campaigning tool called MyView that will be of interest if you feel your neighborhood could benefit from having some trees planted there.

Step 1 take a photo of an area near you which you feel would benefit from some trees
Step 2 upload it to the site and drap-and-drop some virtual trees to the view to make it look nicer. Caption your work by maybe adding a story about why this is a place that’s special to you. Personal stories are a powerful tool in getting things implemented, as we learn from Patients’ Voices’ health-related stories.
Step 3 send a link to that new greener view to your local councillor, Member of Parliament, Assembly Member and local paper.

Thanks to Rory Francis at the Woodlands Trust for letting me know about this. Background/press info in English and Welsh.

Free photographic workshops in Aberystwyth

Here’s news of a free training opportunity for artists and youth workers from Aberystyth Arts Centre. The Using Photography workshop takes place over three days: 27 & 28 September and 4 October 2010.

This practical workshop in B&W photography will explore good practice when taking and printing photographs, especially in relation to working with young people

Sessions are FREE. There are a limited number of spaces available.
For more information/to book a space please contact Tel: 01970 622338

The workshops are made possible by ‘Reach the Heights’ –  a major Welsh Assembly Government initiative aimed at reducing the number of young people in Wales aged 11 – 19 years who are not in education, employment or training, or at risk of being so.

According to the press release from Sophie Bennet, Aberystwyth Arts Centre will be co-ordinating three different projects with Young People through this scheme during the Autumn. These projects provide free training and mentoring for artists in all disciplines who wish to develop their skills for working with young people.

This sounds like a perfect opportunity for digital storytellers and facilitators in Wales.

Digital storytelling in the cloud

The ideal solution for a touring digital storytelling project, using existing, available digilabs at community centres, libraries, schools, colleges, etc. would seem to be to use web-based editing applications. This would remove the need to install individual programs or to have carrier bags full of training handouts for different combinations of pre-installed software.

I’ve been discussing this recently with Umbrian home movies specialist Simona Bonini Baldini, who’s just returned home to Italy after spending the summer with us at the BBC here in Wales.  Simona too liked the idea of editing in the cloud. One of her must-haves though was the ability to help digital storytellers to make broadcast-quality videos. When Simona tested cloud-based video editing apps, she discovered the snag: uploading broadcast-quality moving-video rushes for a digilab-full of digital storytellers would take too long. Even at Standard Definition, not HD.

My hope though is that – as broadband speeds in Wales (and Italy) increase in future – all this will become practical someday. After all: every cloud has a silver lining.

News of three BBC media literacy projects

I’ve just been reading an info pack from BBC Learning Campaigns and these three items on the slate caught my eye:

1. My Story
Fifteen of the thousands of stories submitted will be showcased as five half-hour programmes, starting 7th Sept, 10.35pm, BBC One.

2. CBBC Me and My Movie
This fourth year, Me and My Movie – the film-making initiative from CBBC and Learning – is teaming up with Tate, Aardman, Fallon, BAFTA and Film Education to deliver the Tate Movie Project, an ambitious Legacy Trust initiative. Children aged 5-13 will supply the drawings, storylines, characters and everything else needed to create an animated video. BBC Learning will create teaching resources and will be in front of Tate Modern at the Thames Festival on 11th & 12th September, engaging children in art, film and animation. There will also be experts from BAFTA and CBBC to provide demos, tips and tricks.

3. First Click
First Click is a major BBC Learning campaign promoting the benefits of getting online to +55s and giving them a basic toolkit to use a computer and the internet.  First Click will signpost to a range of local and free computer/internet courses and free BBC events with one-to-one and peer support. The campaign is working closely with partners including libraries, Age UK, UK Online. Launches mid-October. There’s a BBC Wales TV documentary being made too and I’ll keep you update about progress with that.