Evening Rounds Vol. 15: Digital Narratives


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As communicators, we are deeply embedded in the act and art of storytelling. The rise of social media and digital and web-based technologies is pushing the “story" into new shapes, forms and directions that allow for multiple perspectives, real-time dialog, audience participation, and in many cases, social change.
We host Aaron Goodman, documentary maker, multimedia producer and founder of StoryTurns, to explore opportunities to support individuals to share compelling first-person stories. Learn more about collaborative and supportive workshops that allow organizations to harness stories that can serve as powerful tools for change.

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Evening Rounds Vol. 15: Digital Narratives

  1. 1. E VE N I N G R O U N D S VO L . 1 5 Digital Storytelling SPEAKER Aaron Goodman MARCH 18, 2014
  2. 2. StoryTurns: Digital Storytelling 1. Creating stories in the digital age 2. Inspiration: First person stories about health 3. What is a Digital Story? 4. Types of Digital Stories 5. How to create compelling Digital Stories? (7 Elements)
  3. 3. 6. StoryTurns workshops 7. Tools for content production 8. How to find, educate and encourage potential participants? 9. Ethics & Care 10. What impacts can Digital Storytelling have? 11. Is it therapeutic? 12. Digital Stories about health 13. Discussion and questions
  4. 4. 1. Creating stories in the digital age 115 million active Twitterers each month 1.23 billion Facebook users 100s of millions of blogs Infoglut…
  5. 5. Which stories make the greatest impression on the masses? Which stories not only inform us, but move us deeply?
  6. 6. First Person Stories “Our ordinary stories become extraordinary journeys.” – Joe Lambert, Center for Digital Storytelling
  7. 7. Malala Yousafzai
  8. 8. War in Vietnam: Kim Phuc
  9. 9. War in Iraq: Youssif In 2007 when he was four years-old, Youssif was set on fire by unknown men outside his home in Baghdad.
  10. 10. “The culture of the mind must be subservient to the culture of the heart.” – Gandhi
  11. 11. 2. Inspiration: First person stories about health Laura Rothenberg My So-Called Lungs www.radiodiaries.org/my-so-called- lungs/
  12. 12. www.radiodiaries.org/thembis-aids-diary/
  13. 13. 3. What is a Digital Story? 2 - 3 minute script Voice recording Photos, images, artwork Animation Music Center for Digital Storytelling
  14. 14. Digital Stories are typically… 1. Self Relevatory The author shares new insights giving the story a sense of immediacy and discovery. 2. Personal or First Person Voice Personal reflections on a subject. Convey emotion about subjects that have deep meaning for the author.
  15. 15. 3. About lived experience told in a series of scenes told by the author. 4. More photos than moving images. 5. Soundtrack to add meaning and impact. 6. Intention More about self-expression than publication and audience. From: “Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community.” By Joe Lambert
  16. 16. 4. Types of Digital Stories Character stories Most stories inspired by relationships, love, and exploring meaning in relationships that are important to us. Memorial stories An important part of the grieving process. Honouring and remembering people.
  17. 17. Adventure and Accomplishment Stories About a trip (often best planned in advance) About graduating, getting a job… About a place in my life A home, room, city or town The story about what I do My job…How it has impacted my life…
  18. 18. Recovery stories Sharing the experience of overcoming a great challenge in life. Document descent, crisis, realization. Love stories Dream stories Coming of age stories From: “Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community.” By Joe Lambert
  19. 19. 5. Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling (CDS) 1. Owning your insight 3. Owning your emotions 2. Finding the moment 4. Seeing your story 5. Hearing your story 6. Assembling your story 7. Sharing your story
  20. 20. 6. StoryTurns “The audience gets used to hearing the same [mass media] formulations. It doesn’t really feel it. It doesn’t feel sympathy nor responsibility…As a journalist, I try to reclaim this reality from the clichés, from the banalities, from the stereotypical formulations.” -- David Grossman
  21. 21. Supporting people to tell their own stories
  22. 22. Reporting on the survivors of conflict and disaster
  23. 23. Training with CDS and the University of Colorado Denver Facilitation grounded in mindfulness or Insight meditation practice and yoga
  24. 24. Hallmarks of our workshops are safety and well being of all participants, compassion and care.
  25. 25. 7. Tools for Content Production WeVideo.com iMovie Tablets Computers
  26. 26. 8. How to find participants and encourage potential participation StoryTurns partners with community organizations (health, education, youth, seniors, human services, and more) Everyone has a story.
  27. 27. 9. Ethics and Care Primary concern: To ensure a place of safety for storytellers Meet with potential participants in the weeks before a workshop. Talk about the workshop process. Gives participants a chance to decide if they want to participate.
  28. 28. During the workshop Keep groups small (6 – 10 people) Always have trained counselors and support staff from partner organizations present Take rejuvenating breaks…Eat meals together to ease anxiety… Keep in touch with participants after workshop
  29. 29. Recent StoryTurns stories News Junkie By Aaron Goodman https://vimeo.com/89538056 Youth at Risk http://vimeo.com/storyturns Providence Health Care Stories will posted online in the coming days www.facebook.com/storyturnsworkshop
  30. 30. 10. What impacts can Digital Storytelling have? “With the creation of a narrative, a fragmented present tense becomes a coherent past tense. To narrate one’s life is to have agency. To know and feel this agency is important for everyone, especially for those who have been victimized.” – Michelle Citron, 1999
  31. 31. 11. Is it therapeutic? “People realize that they can begin to transform their suffering by sharing it – first by articulating it to themselves, then to the small group, and perhaps, to the world. Then the sense of isolation and hopelessness begins to diminish, and a new hope is found in the community and communion of storytellers.” – Pip Hardy / Tony Sumner (Patient Voices, UK)
  32. 32. Dianne Tobin and Larry Love Providence Health Care patients Digital storytelling participants
  33. 33. 12. Digital storytelling about health “To humanize health care through highlighting the human side of experience of health, illness, health care and the lack of it.” – Pip Hardy / Tony Sumner (Patient Voices, UK)
  34. 34. “Stories of health, life, death and disease can offer us deep insights into not only the storyteller, but the storyteller’s family and cultural traditions – if only we are prepared to listen.” -- Pip Hardy / Tony Sumner (Patient Voices, UK)
  35. 35. Purposes and Applications To inspire systemic changes (e.g. HIV screening, free vaccines, etc.) To raise awareness To evaluate research and programs From: “Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community.” By Joe Lambert
  36. 36. Whose stories? Patients Families Caregivers Hard-to-reach communities (ethnic minorities, refugees, economic migrants, disabled people, people impoverished by disease or economically- deprived) From: “Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community.” By Joe Lambert
  37. 37. How can Digital Stories be used? Educational and quality improvement programs Conferences E-learning Community-based participatory research (CBPR) Tell an organization’s story Persuasion or a call to action Reflective practice (mindfulness, deeper reflection, concentration) From: “Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community.” By Joe Lambert
  38. 38. Some inspiring Digital Stories about health Alzheimer’s Australia www.youtube.com/playlist? list=PLAwhBH-4GO5hUHSEmxnLbHl-2YigOWuaV Out of the Blue (CDS) www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xma_2P7gd0 Go Around (Patient Voices / CDS) www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVuF6lHZ-BE
  39. 39. Contact: storyturns@gmail.co m facebook.com/ storyturnsworkshop 778-960-4792
  40. 40. eveningrounds.ca @eveningrounds #eRounds /eveningrounds I L