UNICEF Story Spaces


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Story Spaces is a platform that lets the diaspora to donate recordings of children's stories for distribution to UNICEF workers.
UNICEF workers will use these stories to help create safe spaces for children in times of stress and conflict.

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  • KIMI: Hello everyone, my name is Kimi and this is: (self introductions) x, y, z And we are Story Spaces
  • Elevator pitch: creating SafeSpaces KIMI : Story Spaces is a platform that lets the diaspora to donate recordings of children's stories for distribution to UNICEF workers. UNICEF workers will use these stories to help create safe spaces for children in times of stress and conflict. There are two main components to Story Spaces: the technology and the people. And now Macaulay will talk a bit about the technology.
  • The technology side: The StorySpaces website would let people donate these recorded audio stories. It would become a web based library where children's stories are stored and made accessible for distrubution. Talk about website.
  • Need screen shots and explainer for website.
  • The human side: Not just a about the technology. An organized outreach program that seeks to build relationships to inspire and enable a diaspora to donate stories. So, we see this as a challenge of humanity, not just technology. Now Guang is going to speak more to the humanity of stories.
  • ... cultural heritage ... love ... Children ... A story peserves cultural heritage, .... read the quote ... love is human nature. telling a story is a way of transmitting love. ... the project will create the opportunity for displaced children, to hear stories from their homeland. it empowers them to feel as they belong, alive and precious . to take this concept , we begin the project with the following four phases ..
  • "... there are 4 key phases to how StorySpaces works." "The first is identifying areas of the world that are at risk." “ We have learnt that UNICEF is a network of people around the globe and they can help us identify these areas where children are likely to be in need.” “ With this insight we can then focus our efforts, and begin a relationship with the local communities to introduce ourselves and our project.”
  • “Let us start with a story about Sudan. Sudan is an area that has experienced difficulty in the past, and is likely to experience difficulty in the future. There are a large number of the Sudanese Diaspora in the United States, and they are a community of communities.” “One of those communities is at NYU. We reached out to the NYU Sudanese Student Association and talked to them about how to approach the implementation of this project.” "From this initial meeting we would then grow and develop the relationship.”
  • after establishing the relationship We maintain relationships with members of a diapsora community such the NYU Sudanese Student Association by connecting through phone calls, emails and communicating in person. //....along the way, we will familiarise them with our website, and provide a simple tutorial on story recording techniques. //we are aware of the individuality of each community therefore we would let them to lead the progress and guide us. //
  • What Phase is This? When a crisis happens, we are ready to step up our relationship with the diaspora; we enter a more urgent phase of our work - not just keeping in touch, making an urgent and direct appeal. If after the forthcoming referendum in Sudan there is conflict that affects children, we immediately reach out to local Sudanese people. We appeal to them to record stories and upload them to the website. We ask them to find other people in their community who are willing to donate stories. We will also put out an open appeal to members of the wider Sudanese community who we have never met, to donate stories through the website. Mention tools, training, advice made available on the site. Be more specific. We think the network effect will be quite powerful here. From here we can start thinking about distributing stories to where they are needed.
  • We have built up a library of stories that can be downloaded or transported on physical media. This is where we rely on UNICEF’s ingenuity and ability to move things across the globe, to transport these stories to other UNICEF workers.
  • The last mile of the journey involves getting these stories to children … where they can help to create spaces where they can listen to stories and feel safe. We know UNICEF has relationships with radio stations where stories can be broadcast … for example, … as a UNICEF sponsored children's story hour. Stories can also be played in centers for displaced children, schools … or wherever children gather together. Additionally, stories can be passed along … shared with partners and put to good use wherever they are needed.
  • Work with UNICEF to identify places in the world where children might have a need for safe spaces. Start and maintain a relationship with diaspora communities from those places. Appeal to these communities to donate stories in times of crisis through our website. Transport stories to where they are needed, letting children to hear them on the radio and in safe spaces created by UNICEF and its partners.
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  • UNICEF Story Spaces

    1. 1. “ ”
    2. 3. creating safe spaces for children
    3. 4. a library of recorded audio stories …
    4. 5. … and story donation platform
    5. 6. inspiring the diaspora to donate stories
    6. 7. the humanity of stories The story itself is a primary form of the oral tradition, primary as a mode of conveying culture, experience, and values and as a means of transmitting knowledge, wisdom, feelings, and attitudes in oral societies. “ ” Emmanuel Obiechina, "Narrative Proverbs in the African Novel"
    7. 8. four phases of StorySpaces
    8. 9. phase 1: sudan
    9. 10. phase 2: maintaining relationships
    10. 11. phase 3: crisis and an urgent appeal
    11. 12. phase 4: distribution
    12. 13. 4: the last mile
    13. 14. in summary
    14. 16. thanks John Dimatos ITP Adjunct Professor, Design for UNICEF Christopher Fabian Innovation Unit, UNICEF Erica Kochi Innovation Unit, UNICEF Panthea Lee Innovation Unit, UNICEF Marcella Runell Hall NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs Lauren Servin Program development, SUDEF Marianne Petit ITP Michael Moriarty Plan International, Dublin Bashir Aziz GOAL, Khartoum Paul Molinaro Director's Office, Supply Division, UNICEF Pernille Ironside Child Protection Section, UNICEF Robert Kirkpatrick Global Pulse, Office of the Secretary-General Arissa Sidoti Communications Specialist, UNICEF Jorge Just Innovation Unit, UNICEF
    15. 17. Send us feedback, keep in touch [email_address]
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