What is Digital Storytelling For? Philosophically…. Mission - Center for Digital Storytelling To promote the value of story as a means for compassionate community action. We partner with organisations around the world to develop programmes which support individuals in rediscovering how to listen to each other and share first person stories. Our group process and the stories that emerge serve as effective tools for change amidst a world of technology and media overload. Funders’ perspective- outcomes
As the number of ageing persons grows, commercial and political entities are increasingly urging them to adopt certain lifestyles. If ageing persons don’t want to be pressured into adopting such lifestyles, they need to raise their voices in refusal. Jan Baars, Ageing and the Art of Living, (2012).
Age Narratives “We have been blamed for every social and moral blight, from housing and fiscal crises to environmental pollution, while also being held responsible for all the insecurities, moral laxities and any other imputed fears, anxieties or vices of the generation we reared”. Segal (2013, p47).
Giving Voice and the Role of Story “A system that provides formal voice for its citizens but fails so markedly to listen exhibits a crisis of political voice”. Nick Couldry (2010)
A research question… and some practice What are the benefits of digital storytelling with older people – both active older people and those who are living with dementia or other ‘age related’ conditions? Of what value are the stories?
Extending Creative Practice 2010 - 2012Partners Digitales Ltd (UK) Progress Foundation (Romania) Mitra (Slovenia) Laurea University of Applied Science (Finland) Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) (Goldsmiths, University of London) – evaluators.
Marriage in the Middle of Ruins – Storyteller: Anisora Stamante
Long-term investment in Digital Storytelling 12 trainers in Romania were trained. 41 librarian trainers/digital storytelling facilitators in Romania’s County libraries Over 400 trained in Romania’s rural libraries In Finland, Laurea’s social work students all take a digital storytelling module
Silver Stories Partnership – 2013 - 2015 University of Brighton UK (Lead) Digitales Ltd UK CUCR UK (Evaluation) Laurea University of Applied Science (Finland) Mitra (Slovakia) Digital Storylab (Denmark) Trapezio (Portugal) Instituto Polytéchnico de Leiria (Portugal)
‘Agora vou para o lar’ – ‘And now I go to the nursing home’
Digital voice, digital identity, digital presence? “Does having an online presence itself become expected of well- functioning citizens?” Couldry, (2010) “..parallel acts of listening …… need to occur if we are to hear, value and respond to people’s self-documented lives and experiences”. Matthews and Sunderland (2013)