Unlock the power of stories

Digital storytelling enables people who are not professional storytellers to make short, compelling videos that tell a story important to them. It’s grassroots, bottom-up storytelling that’s based on one fundamental belief: When we really listen to each other’s stories, the world gets better.

We place a heavy emphasis on ethical practice, and on each participant’s ownership of and agency over their own story.

What is Digital Storytelling?

Participants engaged in a digital storytelling workshop. The pic shows a man and a woman smiling at the camera; between them they are using two phones, one laptop and one tablet.

A digital story is a short (2-3 mins) first-person narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. The process of digital storytelling, usually in a group workshop, is:

  • A powerful debriefing tool for teachers, health care workers, social workers, police and others who witness trauma.
  • A reflective practice that can help people discover and communicate the meaning of important life experiences.
  • A way to develop new skills and produce videos that can be used as advocacy and teaching tools.
  • A way to promote empathy, build bridges and spark dialogue.

Who is it for?

Non-Profits

Use video stories for research, advocacy, training, debriefing, organisational development, monitoring and evaluation or to communicate with funders and other stakeholders.

Companies

When leaders need inspiration or teams are stuck in an unproductive rut of misunderstanding and conflict, storytelling can be a powerful tool for cutting through the knots.

Individuals

Create a personal video memoir or unique gift for a loved one — or just enjoy learning new technical and creative skills in an intensive group setting.

“I took this workshop as a refresher course. I wanted to gain more skills and knowledge on how to use ICTs in developing impact stories through the use of user friendly editing software (mixing sound and motion pictures). I’m now providing MenEngage country networks technical assistance on why digital stories are important and how to use these stories to generate dialogues that can help change people’s perceptions on gender transformation work in Africa.”
“I loved every second of the course and would encourage anyone to do it – whether for work, a form of therapy, or just the fun of self-exploration coupled with newfound editing skills.”
Tanya Farber, Journalist
“I felt really honoured to have been a part of the listening to other people’s stories. There was a realness amongst the group, and an ability to just let go and tell what needed to be told, even if it was a story or not. The group helped find the story. It was also a deeply reflective and vulnerable process, a technical process, a wrangling with writing process, a listening, talking, sharing, laughing, shedding tears process. But I walked away with a film that I had made. And which I can share.”