• digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  museums

    Digital storytelling on the high street

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could pop in to get some expert help and make your own digital story while shopping in town? Well, during August 2010, if you’re lucky enough to live in Newcastle in the north-east of England, you can.  Culture Shop is Culture Shock‘s empty shop arts project which not only screens digital stories but also offers expert facilitation for people who’d like to make their own digital story. Some take their own photos to tell their story; others choose from a range of artifacts from museums and galleries of the  North East England. I visited Culture Shop while we were visiting my wife’s friend Grainee…

  • digital storytelling,  DS Cymru,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  museums,  Wales

    DS5 digital storytelling conference cribsheet 2010

    This is my look back at DS5. It’s something I did after previous conferences DS4 (2009), DS3 (2008) and DS2 (2007) too.  Unfortunately, the record of DS1 is no longer online. At this year’s DS5, Diego Vidart – Historias Digitales del Uruguay (HDUY) – gave the opening speech of the day. Diego had worked with Breaking Barriers in Wales a few years ago and now he’s  now working at the Catholic University of Uruguay in Montevideo on a USB-based video capture and editing application that enables children to capture and edit a digital story. The One Laptop per Child (OX) initiative is up and running in Uruguay. Because the OX’s…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  inclusion,  media literacy,  mobile,  story,  technology

    The best digital storytelling opportunity ever?

    Spanning the UK and Cape Town, University of Surrey Digital World Research Centre is advertising a Research Fellowship in Digital Storytelling. This could be the best digital storytelling opportunities I’ve ever heard of because: – you’ll get to model and produce digital story forms that are most suitable for the intended local audiences/producers/participants by working with ethnographers and technologists – you’ll work in the UK and Cape Town, along South Africa’s Wild Coast – you’ll benefit from work already done by the university’s StoryBank project in India – you’ll get to work with Prof David Frohlich, pioneer of Audiophotography and a former HP Labs Europe innovator – it’s a well-funded…

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

    “What has been important for you in your life?”

    That’s the question Hanne Jones and Eli Lea from Flimmer Film asked as they went from door to door at old people’s homes in Norway. The answers they were given were as different as the people they met. ‘My Days’ is a collection of 37 memories told by people between the ages of 79 and 104. These digital stories are in Norwegian with English subtitles and they’re each around three minutes long. The music’s beautiful and the storytellers’ voices have such warmth and, at the same time, gravitas that they took me by suprise and brought a tear to my eye. Watch, for example, Alf telling the story of his…

  • digital storytelling,  inclusion,  Wales

    Ataxia S. Wales and digital storytelling

    Alan Thomas is a seasoned traveller. We first met at a BBC Capture Wales workshop in Haverfordwest, Wales, and we’ve met a few times since then too .. at DS4 and at BBC Wales and it’s always good to catch up. Alan has a condition called cerebellar ataxia which affects movement, balance and speech. Ever since making his first story, Alan’s been an advocate of digital storytelling when meeting people, speaking at conferences and in his blog. Alan is now Chairman of Ataxia South Wales and they’ve just launched their new bilingual website at http://ataxiasouthwales.org.uk Alan went on to make another digital story – facilitated by the George Ewart Evans…

  • digital storytelling,  education,  empowerment,  inclusion,  instruction,  story,  Wales

    StoryWorks: Looking for the Story workshop

    Delivered on April 28, Pontypridd, Wales, by Gilly Adams and Georgie Meadows, who say: “To be effective practitioners and offer compassionate and good care, we need to be able to see each patient as a special and unique individual…Using pictures as our starting point, we will explore how we can be more aware of the stories of those who cannot tell their own.” The cost of this half day workshop is only £30 and there are details here. StoryWorks has a new website at http://www.storyworksglam.co.uk with mainly health-related digital stories about OCD, ADHD, cancer, etc. This organisation has also done work with explanatory storytelling. For example, they worked with the…

  • digital storytelling,  empowerment,  inclusion,  media literacy,  story,  Wales

    Breaking Barriers Digital Storytelling screening in South Wales

    ‘Same Place; Different Routes’ digital stories are being screened by Breaking Barriers at Llanhilleth Institute on Thursday 28th January 2010 at 7pm. ‘Same Place; Different Routes’ has three strands examining the experiences of: recent migrants to Wales and people who moved here some years ago, different generations living together in the Valleys people with a range of mental health issues. Also being screened on the night are stories made as part of the centenary celebrations at Christchurch Aberbeeg and from Breaking Barriers’ recent Training the Trainers courses. Ruth Garnault of Breaking Barriers says: “We believe that everybody has a story to tell and these stories are touching, funny and moving. …

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

    Community Voices digital media grants

    Digital storytellers will be interested to hear that one £500 award per week is available between now and March 2010. That’s what Community Voices has to offer those in England using digital media to help empower disadvantaged communities: “Media Trust is always looking to celebrate the varied and inspiring ways you are using digital media to help empower disadvantaged communities. And now Community Voices has 20 x £500 awards to give away before the end of March 2010 – that’s one every week.  If you’re helping to give your community a voice through digital media we’d like to hear from you, and so would many other communities seeking help. Projects…

  • 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…

  • 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…