What is Digital Storytelling?
The Center for Digital Storytelling (now known as Storycenter) is the organization responsible for refining the method of using digital media tools to enhance personal storytelling.
The personality of the storyteller drives the creation of a digital story, so completed stories are quirky and imperfect and personal: folk-art for the 21st Century.
A Definition We Like: "There's a strictness to the construction of a Digital Story: 250 words, a dozen or so pictures, and two minutes is the right length. As with poetry these constraints define the form (e.g. a haiku is a poem written using 17 syllables, and the 14 lines of a sonnet are written in iambic pentameter) and it's the observation of that form which gives the thing its elegance." - Daniel Meadow
In cultures all over the world, stories are a way for people to communicate what happened to them and what they learned. Stories of hardship and how people prevailed often become a cornerstone of a community’s identity. People who have been through tough events also tell themselves a story about what happened and this story becomes an integral part of who they are and how they see the world.
Digital storytelling will be the cornerstone of the Resilience Project. Digital storytelling is built on narrative writing in a workshop setting, with the storytellers turning their stories into short digital videos that can be shared with local and global communities.
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