Digital Storytelling - a glimpse of our Study visit to Maks in Brussels

Maks’s first aim stays the same: improving the living conditions in their area, to empower the population to be more active by providing a platform for expression for more tolerance and solidarity. Therefore, Maks is organizing DST in their premises, for unemployed people, analphabets, undocumented migrant, seniors and many other.  Various schools and organization (youth detox center for example) asked for a Digital Storytelling (DST) project on their premises.

In a nutshell, Digital Storytelling comprises short personal narratives made with images and voice off by the storyteller. The main objective is to allow each one to share their opinion, with an emotional component, in order to further empower them and influence the audience. The participants have to be creative and thoughtful to make their story in an intelligible manner, using technologies as a support for that. Finally all digital stories are made to be shared and to influence others; they are not for Maks itself.

When people are confronted with digital skills, they often end up at home after the workshop saying they can’t remember anything they learnt. Digital storytelling is a good reminder for them about their work, that they are able to work with technologies and tools but not “for” these tools.

DST main learning goals include the development of:

- Creativity and imagination: proposing, creating stories and finding ways to realize it

- Analysis and reflection: analyzing event, choosing story goals, thinking how one can share these goals clearly, get to know yourself better

- Strategy and media literacy: demystifying the digital so that people become prosumers

- Computer science and computer skills: technical skills, use of technology, apps,     mobile devices and video creation

- Group dynamics: working and sharing within a group about his personal experience, giving advice, listening and helping each other.

People spend more time on consuming the computer than producing a work, a video. They get to know themselves and others better, while learning to share in a safe environment and building a team trust.

During the work on a project, first the educator introduces them “how to create a story” and participants will make a personal work on what they want to share and how to create the video. Finally comes the “digital”: they will have an introduction to learning how to use digital tools. It’s important to understand that the technology come as a support and not in the first stage of the training. Their goal is to USE the technology to share their experiences. At the end, they acquire skills useful for their working life, as well as soft skills.           

In a European context, Maks is part of:

  • YEP4Europe : project aiming to create Digital Storytelling on the topic “migration” to speak about this current topic and see the point of view of youngster from different place. At the same time, YEP promotes active netizenship in the european youth. Maks published the methodology of Digital Storytelling during this project.

  • Brights : boosting global citizenship by letting people express themselves on various subject, digital storytelling based. Maks is working on writing a “train-trainer”methodology that can be used by anybody organizing a Brights project

  • “Practicies”, a Horizon 2020 project on prevention of radicalisation using Digital Storytelling.

You can find Maks Digital Storytelling video on vimeo, Maks website and other platforms.

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