Personal storytelling: Digital storytelling

Digital Storytelling is a methodology that was developed in the mid-90s at the Centre for Digital Storytelling in San Francisco. It has been widely used since then by activists, researchers and artists.

A learning, creating and sharing experience supported by technology allows participants to share aspects of their life story through the creation of their own short digital media production.  ‘Media’ may include the digital equivalent of film, animation, photos, audio recordings or electronic files that individuals can use to tell a story or present an idea. It is a process that combines creative writing, oral history, art therapy, and participatory media production methods to assist people in telling stories as short digital videos.

The process involves intensive workshops during which participants develop a personal narrative, usually around three minutes long. They then record and illustrate this narrative with still images or photographs. The final product is a short film, which has been produced and edited by the narrator. A first person voice is used in the narration.

To learn about the ‘how to’ of digital storytelling see: Steps in the digital storytelling process

What is digital storytelling?

Reflections from a Digital storytelling workshop hosted by The Theatre for Development Centre in Abuja Nigeria, organised by Participate.

What Jenks understands digital storytelling to be from participate2015 on Vimeo.