Sharing Community Stories

Awards ceremony for storytellers with the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion

After the Community Digital Storytelling (CDS) workshop ends, the stories that have been co-created need to find their niche audience. Completing the work is a thrill, as is experiencing the community members’ reaction.

How Mentors Support Community Co-Creation

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Community Digital Storytelling grows out of our experiences in the world, shared as stories. Our strategy, as mentors developing new approaches to storytelling, is to create and hold open a receptive and welcoming space.

Healing power of community digital storytelling

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.

Creating and Holding Safe Spaces for Stories to Emerge

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.

Telling community digital stories

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How did our Digital Storytelling Initiative begin? Lorna Boschman and Venay Felton met accidentally and decided to work together to research our work in community digital storytelling.

Community digital stories come alive!

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

Tips on Listening to Digital Storytellers

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

Cleaning up scanned photos in Photoshop

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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

The first few Vancouver stories

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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