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Digital Story Telling Workshop at the 2nd GEM Global Exchange

By Lenka - Posted on 24 November 2009
24 November, 2009 (All day) - 27 November, 2009 (All day)
Bali, Indonesia
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Introduction and Background

Digital Storytelling has been an approach used by APC WNSP and APC member Women’sNet, as a process of healing for those who have experienced or witnessed violence. During the Feminist Tech Exchange (see in conjunction with the AWID Forum (see in Cape Town in 2008, our approach to Digital Storytelling widened to include other stories—stories of being a feminist, stories of being different (women with disabilities, women who are lesbians, women who are queer), stories of balancing feminism and activism and being a woman, stories of the land and of people. All of the stories that have been produced by the storytellers in these workshops were rich in the telling and in the portrayal of their experiences, feelings and thoughts. The stories went beyond being anecdotal. Once put together, the stories came alive in the telling, in the use of the images, in the use of the story teller’s words, in the choice of music, in the use of silence and in locating the story teller within the story. For the audience who have watched these stories, they are affirming for some and challenging for others.

In applying GEM, we deal with gender inequalities and power dynamics so directly . Because of this, there are incredibly rich stories of change that need telling by the story tellers—the GEM Practitioners. We need your voices and your stories so that others will be able to better understand the huge possibilities and potential that we bring about in the area of ICTs for development when we address gender inequalities through our work. We want to document gender transformative change and go beyond the anecdotal towards a stronger recognition that these stories can be and are sufficiently credible evidence.

Stories produced by those who will participate in the Digital Story Telling Workshop at the 2nd GEM Global Exchange will be used for:
• The evaluation of GEM (since its conceptualisation to the current phase of the project, of adapting GEM)
• The promotion of GEM and the the promotion of the work of the GEM Practitioners

What is Digital Storytelling?

Every person has stories to tell, and it is in the telling that we discover how much of our experiences and learning we have in common with others. Telling stories can also have a profound impact on the story teller themselves – it is in the telling that we are able to interrogate and deepen our understanding of our experiences and assumptions about the world we live and work in, and also about ourselves. They can weave together our individual experiences to reveal a picture of a community, a group, a vision or a shared value.

The “digital” in digital story telling, refers to the medium used to transmit stories. Digital stories, simply, are stories produced, stored and disseminated using digital media. Digital story telling as a recording and documentation method foregrounds the voice and experiences of story tellers as primary in the process of story telling. The focus is on the story tellers' control over the medium, choice of words (narration), pictures and music so that the process is as powerful for the story teller as the end product is to the listener.

Your Digital Stories at the Exchange

At the 2nd GEM Global Exchange, we will be telling stories of change.

Think about a change story related to the GEM adaptation work that you carried out or which you were a part of. Remember that "change" is a broad term that can mean different things to different people. It can be both positive and negative. It can cover so many different aspects of our lives, from personal and private to public, from a superficial level to a much deeper level, from feelings of security to feelings of vulnerability, from lack of confidence to a higher level of self-confidence, from conviction to doubt, the list goes on. Your digital story of change could be about that moment in time when you witnessed or experienced this change, or it could be about a variety of key moments that contributed to you witnessing or experiencing this change.

Here are a few questions to help you decide which is the best, or most appropriate story to tell. Remember, we have many stories; this is one of many : )

- From your experience with GEM, if you have to describe the one place or person where you see GEM make a difference, where or who would it be? Why?
- Think about your work with GEM, as an adaptor or facilitator, has it brought about or contributed to any changes in your practice or at a deeper more personal level? (It may help if you think about the moment when you realised this)
- We developed GEM to help contribute towards gender transformative change. Are there examples in your work with GEM where you’ve seen this kind of change happen? What was significant about this change(s)?

These are merely questions to get you thinking about your stories. Each of you will make your own digital story, which will be between 3-5 minutes. This involves:
- Writing and finalising your script
- Finding or creating images that illustrate your story
- recording your narrative
- putting it all together

The length of your story is as important as the content. It is important that it is not too long as it is sometimes difficult to hold an audience’s attention for long periods of time. Generally 5 minutes should be the maximum.

Over the next two months we will begin some of these processes online. You will be supported by the digital story telling training team throughout the process, beginning with the review of the story of change that you want to tell and your draft scripts to the final production of your digital story. The training team comprises Jan Moolman (lead trainer); Jennifer Radloff and Sally-Jean Shackleton.

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