• citizenship,  digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy

    BBC – understand, participate in and influence

    Inform, educate and entertain was the old Reithian view of the BBC. Whilst continuing to be a worthwhile mission, it does sound a little ‘paternal’ or top-down for today’s world. It was refreshing to hear a new personal view of what the BBC needs to do today from Seetha Kumar – online access champion and controller BBC Online – in a presentation at BBC Wales I attended yesterday. In response to a question, she repeated this paragraph from her presentation to the Skills for Life conference on 3 November: “The Reithian tradition of inform, educate and entertain is as true today as it was over 80 years ago. In the…

  • citizenship,  digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment


    This is a site by BBC Wales with personal stories by 14-25 year olds. In PS, you can submit and watch videos categorized Health, Entertainment, Education, Religion, News & Politics, Environment, Love & Sex, Animals, Race & Culture, Crime & Violence, Business & Economy, Sports, Life, Drugs & Alcohol, Science & Technology, Community & Society and Other. There’s an embeddable widget on the site with the latest comments and stories, so I thought I’d embed it here on the Aberth Digital Storytelling blog.

  • education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  museums,  technology

    Participatory Video Facebook group

    George Metaxiotis sent me an invite from Greece today to join the PV:RF Participatory Video Facebook group. It’s described as “a networking forum for anyone involved in participatory video research – especially community based research.” So I wanted to share the link with you here: http://tr.im/FcCq The group’s only three months old but it already looks like a good way to link up with PV projects around the world. E.g. Chris Blythe posted a wall message about his ‘Inspired Productions’ in New Zealand/Aotearoa: “We’re developing our work to include drama and music media. Current project is supporting refugee youth from Burma and Bhutan to produce content for our national museum, Te…

  • empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy

    Free presentation: Sustaining and Developing Island Communities

    Wed 2 Dec 09, 1 pm at the Tramsheds Building, Glyntaff Campus, University of Glamorgan, Treforest, Mid Glamorgan. Prof Do Coyle of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, presents ‘Sustaining and Developing Island Communities: Extreme Measures for Extreme Communities’. This presentation is about ‘extreme’ communities where the digital infrastructure is lacking.  Prof Dyle will look at different kinds of community building in isolated places to enable connection and be connected. He’ll also tell the story of Telling Tales and I-Scape. This is a free session but attendeees need to reserve their place by emailing storytelling@glam.ac.uk This is the first of the University of Glamorgan’s George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Communities…

  • digital storytelling,  empowerment,  media literacy,  mobile

    RTS Innovation Awards 2009

    BBC iPlayer won the main Judges’ Award at last night’s RTS Innovation Awards. I was there with Karen Lewis because BBC Digital Storytelling had been nominated in the user generated content category along with Channel 4’s Landshare and The Sex Experience. Landshare won in this category. It was great to see Karen Lewis for the first time since DS4. Since leaving the BBC, she’s set up StoryWorks at the University of Glamorgan and doing some really exciting work  with Communities 2.0 and with people who have cancer at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff, and much more. At the RTS, the most interesting award from the point of view of participatory media was…