Telling stories is an important way that we build connections with others. Digital storytelling is a modern approach to traditional storytelling with many applications which makes it an ideal approach for advocacy, research and knowledge mobilization. In this training, you will learn an approach to digital storytelling projects that covers project planning and recruitment, workshop facilitation, and technical production including writing, recording and sharing digital storytelling videos.
Participants will learn how to:
- Empower storytellers to share personal stories safely and confidently
- Use tools and equipment to plan, record, edit and share digital stories
- Apply digital storytelling methods for research, advocacy and education.
The training includes instructions, practical advice, and hands-on activities to guide you through the process.
The inspiration for this training and portions of the content are based on the Making Visible project at Sistering in Toronto, Canada. Aoife Mallon, Project Lead, was significant in shaping this training. We are also grateful to Ali Serjeant, Research Assistant (Sistering), and the peer researchers who participated in the Making Visible project.
The approach used in this training is based on the model developed by the Center for Digital Storytelling. Tips and strategies from the following sources have also been included:
- Share your story: A how-to guide for digital storytelling, SAMHSA, 2014 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Community-Based Research Toolkit, Access Alliance, 2012
- SAMHSA Native Connections Digital Storytelling 101 (Webinar recording)
We would encourage anyone interested in conducting a digital storytelling project to consult these resources further.
Instructional Design by Karen Bosworth, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH). Thank you to members of COH’s communications team for their editorial guidance and support.