Migrations, wars, global warming, gender equality, violent extremism, … – the problems of today are also grasping lots of our local young people but discussing them in your class or youth centre seems daunting and difficult. With Digital Storytelling youngsters can reflect on these topics, create a safe environment where they can discuss and learn to empathize with other opinions and give them a voice in the public debate. It’s a non-formal, intuitive and rather simple way of enhancing digital skills and learning new methods of communication.
During this workshop participants were introduced to a step-by-step programme to facilitate digital storytelling based on the BRIGHTS methodology. Making a personal Digital Story is a combination of a group and personal effort where writing, listening, understanding, speaking, reacting, discussing and finding middle grounds are what drives the progress.
Therefore in this workshop the focus was on how to facilitate and coach a story circle, the most essential part of the Digital Storytelling methodology. A story circle is the part where everyone in the group shares their personal stories connected to one of the given topics. It’s a phase that’s reminiscent of the safety and warmth created by a bonfire where people share stories and discuss them among themselves.
A few examples of digital stories were shared. The facilitator, Jasper then started with a short exercise on telling a story. He invited all participants to think of a story or event related to the theme of the #metoo movement. He used the example of the #metoo movement, as it is related to gender inequality and discrimination and could expect everyone in the room to have a story. Participants were invited to write two short stories on gender discrimination. Participants were then sat in a circle and shared their stories, which was moderated by the facilitator. Stories were then discussed and broken down into frames. Careful attention was put to shortening the time spent on introducing a setting to the story, and diving directly into a action. While the workshop was short participants left with an idea on how to facilitate a workshop where youngsters share their stories related to global citizenship education.
The workshop covers only half of the aspect of digital storytelling, which is the story development. During the introduction to the workshop, a few examples of videos were shared where participants can observe the difference between short term digital storytelling workshops and longer-term ones particularly on the technical aspects with regards to developing a quality of the digital story, the longer the workshop the more developed the end product can be. An additional workshop took place parallel to this one, where there was more focus on the technical aspects of digital storytelling.
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