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Digital storytelling and participatory video

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At last week’s Global Labour Institute Summer School in Barnsley, I mentioned digital storytelling and participatory video as ways in which otherwise untold stories can be told, and collective organising facilitated/documented. This is not my field, but with the help of Chris High, Clodagh Miskelly and Sarah Copeland, here are some links that might be useful in thinking about how this might be used by summer school participants and their organisations.

Firstly, an example of a digital story – “Who’s your boss” – by Maxine, an organiser with the Erotic Services Providers’ Union in California. Secondly, in  ‘Quadian‘ a young man in the US tells of his thoughts about a town in Pakistan where he grew up. These types of personal stories are, I think, usually the product of workshops at which people learn to use the technology to articulate their stories.

Participatory video seems to be more about communities or groups of people collaborating to articulate a story, often as part of a campaign. Here, a British group ‘Insightshare’ explain how they use  participatory video. Here, a small group of villagers from Melandi, Rajshahi province, Bangladesh explain a community fish project.

Update: I missed a response to my tweet asking for example pointing me at some digital stories posted on YouTube by members of the US union SEIU, I think following the set up of a digital storytelling centre with a union Local in Chicago. Type ‘SEIU digital storytelling’ in your favourite search engine to find examples.

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July 16, 2012 at 11:03 am

Posted in social media, unions

Manchester Digital Big Chip awards in today’s (Manchester) Guardian

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For 14 years now the web developers, designers, marketeers and social media experts from across the north have been marking their presence and achievements with the annual awards ceremony that’s become a firm fixture in the digital calender.

Last night’s event in Manchester seemed busier than ever as the creators of a diverse range of products and projects took to the stage to take a bow.

And there was no doom and economic gloom evident in this sector – organisers saw a record number of submissions, with 261 entries from across 152 digital and creative organisations and freelancers.

“It’s been such a fantastic year for the Big Chip Awards” said Chair of Manchester Digital, Shaun Fensom, “with digital organisations from right across the North of England from Liverpool to Newcastle stepping up to be recognised for their achievements, and providing us with the strongest shortlist to date – as well as a record number of entries.”

Good to see our IBZL partners Manchester Digital getting some national coverage from the Guardian for their Big Chip awards. It’s a bit of a shame, though, to see it under the ‘Northerner Blog’ headline. Maybe they’ll need follow the Guardian and drop the ‘Manchester’ before they’re thought of as sigificant to those in the South East. ‘The Digital’ does have a certain ring to it, though.

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July 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Posted in IBZL, Manchester