In one way or another, all of the Community Storytelling practitioners interviewed referenced the healing capacity of storytelling. Evoking a full spectrum of emotions, the storytelling process is often experienced as sacred, therapeutic, cathartic, entertaining, and transformative—not only for the teller, but for those privileged enough to listen.
Brave stories require safe and supportive spaces for them to emerge into. In one on one, or smaller story-settings, creating a comfortable and safe space is primarily about the emotional qualities that a mentor or facilitator brings to the table (sincerity, curiosity, patience and openness, to name a few), whereas in larger workshops this might take the form of icebreakers, ‘community guidelines’, or community-circles.
At this time of year, it is nice to look back to see what led up to today. I’ve led digital storytelling workshops with Sebnem Ozpeta at grunt gallery for the past two years. Much of the work co-created during those workshops is featured on this site. They are stories that begin with the Mount … Read more
We don’t usually think about how we listen to storytellers. We sometimes forget that one of the most important ways to support someone who is trying to tell a story is to listen. I’ve worked with novice directors for many years. Deep and engaged listening is vital when learning about someone else’s point of view … Read more
Digital stories (like Agawa Canyon, pictured here) sometimes combine older photos with a freshly recorded voice-over. When people begin to gather photos for their stories, they may discover that some of their images or audio materials are not yet digital files. I’ll share the Digital Stories Canada approach to digitizing archival photos. Time to start … Read more
I am beginning Digital Stories Canada as a way to connect with people who want to tell a digital story. I’d also like to connect with other digital storytelling facilitators and mentors. My vision: Digital Stories.ca will be an online production studio and exhibition site for Canadian digital stories. It will provide art-centred resources for … Read more