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Digital Media and the Preservation of Memories

By Mr Joe Lambert
Programme Director from Center for Digital Storytelling, USA

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  • My husband and co-founder Joe Lambert suggested that in speaking at a university founded on Buddhist principles that I share a story from the Jataka tales, stories about the early incarnations of Buddha. We have two children, and have read stories to them every night,.
    We all understand the power of stories. So let me share this one that I am sure is familiar to many of you.
    Once upon a time, the Buddha was born as a fish in a small pond. There were many kinds of fish and turtles, big and small, living in his pond. There came to be a time of severe draught. The crops of men died, and many ponds, dried up.

    The fish and turtles dug down and buried themselves in the mud, frantically trying to keep wet. The crows were pleased by all this. They stuck their beaks down into the mud, pulled up the frightened little fish, and feasted on them.
    The suffering of the other fish touched Buddha with sadness. He called on the gods to bring the rain, and because he had lived a life of truth and compassion, the gods brought the rain to save the fish. When the Buddha fish eventually died, as would be just, he was re-incarnated.
  • Digital Storytelling has been used for many purposes. These include: Creativity and Personal Voice
    Social Change and Civic Engagement
    Media Literacy and Technology Education
    Planning, Portfolio and Assessment
    Healing and Public Health
    Place and Social Geography
  • Digital Storytelling has been used for many purposes. These include: Creativity and Personal Voice
    Social Change and Civic Engagement
    Media Literacy and Technology Education
    Planning, Portfolio and Assessment
    Healing and Public Health
    Place and Social Geography
  • We have done much work in public health, especially assisting people to share stories about traumas, we have an entire site focussed on domestic violence called Silence Speaks.
  • This work has also taken us to South Africa, where we do ongoing work around HIV/AIDS.
  • In the last several years, we have also been capturing stories about place, and connecting people through the issues of how they relate to their environment, either in rural contexts or in cities.
  • Are Digital Stories an art form or a genre of film?
    How do we continue to shape others narratives through our prompts and design examples?
    Contexts for publication, and resources to establish those contexts?
    How best to approach the therapeutic dimension of the facilitation methods
    Others?
  • WNR.sg - Digital Media and the Preservation of Memories

    1. 1. Digital Media and the Preservation of Memories Joe Lambert When Nations Remember October 12, 2010
    2. 2. Storytelling – A Fish Story Why does teaching people to share stories about their lives, help them discover truths about living?
    3. 3. Anne Jaeger’s Evolution (excerpted)
    4. 4. • Proven Methodology for First Time Authorship in New Media • Focus on Story, Literacy and Self Awareness • Stories Become Snapshots of Community Life Why Digital Storytelling? A Continuum of Practice • Personal Reflections Emerge From Creating a Safe Environment • First Person Stories Engage Learners and Foster Awareness • Social Action Begins with Individual Action Captured in Stories • Stories Can Shape Policy Development and Implementation • Assessing Needs, Evaluating Success Through Story
    5. 5. From Dana Atchley’s Next Exit
    6. 6. CDS Projects 1994-2010
    7. 7. Some Current Uses Of Digital Storytelling • Creativity and Personal Voice • Social Change and Civic Engagement • Media Literacy and Technology Education • Planning, Portfolio and Assessment • Broadcast and Citizen Media • Healing and Public Health • Place and Social Geography
    8. 8. When we reveal that we have questions, not just answers, there is an opening to discovery for all who listen. When we reveal our strengths and our vulnerabilities, our fears as well as our passions, our losses as well as our successes, the listeners receive the gift of a more complete picture of the storyteller as well as themselves. …we are doing what humans have learned to do….transcending our habits, understanding that we do not need to justify or qualify our presence. We need only to be present to ourselves and to others. Peter Forbes, Center for Whole Communities Organizing the Community of Storyworkers
    9. 9. Thanks joe@storycenter.org www.storycenter.org
    10. 10. Some Critical Issues • Are Digital Stories an art form ora genre of film? • How do we continue to shape others narratives through our prompts and design examples? • Contexts forpublication, and resources to establish those contexts? • How best to approach the therapeutic dimension of the facilitation methods • Others?
    11. 11. Fours C’s of Story • Connection – Moment using dialogue • Context • Change – Crisis • Closure
    12. 12. Whole thinking We go beyond narrow fields of endeavor and interests to take a greater responsibility for the whole –and use stories to encourage greater understanding about interdependence. Reciprocity of success We need each other to be successful address truth and reconciliation about our human a Fairness All people, regardless of income, color, gender, neig Balance We strive to balance specialization and integration, g Shared Power People are engaged as full citizens in the decisions Stewardship for future generations The concept of “the commons” – all the creations of Evaluating our Outcomes

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