2014 Storytelling to Build Community Slides from Workshop (.pdf)
Background on Storytelling and Communities
Relying on Ourselves: The Spirit of Rural Community Development by Nelda K. Pearson Excellent look at how storytelling projects (oral histories, murals, theater projects) helped Appalachian communities
True Community is founded on a Sense of Place, History and Trust an essay by Chris Maser
A Storytelling Model of Civic Engagement in a Multiethnic Urban Space by Kim, Yong-Chan
Tools and Platforms
Alan Levine’s List of 50 Ways to Tell a Story (he keeps up with the apps and tools)
Storytelling Exercises & Forms/Permissions
How -to on Oral Histories including release forms
Murmur [murmur] “is a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. We collect and make accessible people’s personal histories and anecdotes about the places in their neighborhoods that are important to them. In each of these locations we install a [murmur] sign with a telephone number on it that anyone can call with a mobile phone to listen to that story while standing in that exact spot, and engaging in the physical experience of being right where the story takes place.” Why Here Why Now “Collecting the sights, sounds and stories of Yellow Springs, Ohio” This project is one person’s brainchild. Some excellent examples of interviews here and Wordle tag clouds of the story theme.
Going Coastal “Our coast defines Nova Scotians like nothing else. Our ancestors fished off it. Tourists from all over the world bask along it. And people from near and far fulfill a dream by building on it. But development along our coast is threatening the very thing we hold so dear. CBC Nova Scotia investigates the issue of coastal management through your stories.” Here’s an example of an audio story.
Kodja Place Stories, Australia “The Kodja Place is the story of country Australia – as experienced by one farming community in south western Australia. It welds state of the art design and technologies with the simple directness of the traditional Noongar style of storytelling – we use our own words and our own images to tell own story – it is not the packaged words of outside experts.”
Saving the Sierra: “..explores the geographic, political & philosophical boundaries of the new Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Through public media & citizen storytelling, the project documents community efforts to conserve the environment, culture & economy of the Sierra Nevada.
Meadowlark Institute Stories as springboards to community dialogues and planning for the future.
Echo Archive in Leeds, England: “Collaborating with local residents and schoolchildren, we recorded a variety of sounds that reflect life in the area. Machinery and playgrounds, community choirs and rappers echoing in tower block stairwells. The project is a document of that process, resulting in a custom audio instrument that allows users to remix & resample sounds of the area into their own compositions. On this site you can download the instrument, or review what others have done with it.”
Westminster Stories: “Stories from a street in Providence, Rhode Island”
The Audio-Video Barn “is full of stories about Illinois agriculture. It contains audio and video recordings of more than 130 oral-history interviews with people involved in agriculture and rural life in Illinois.”
Face Up: Telling Stories of Community Life is a documentary/public art project that grows out of local conversations about neighborhood goals in Southwest Central Durham, North Carolina. The project blends an artist’s residency with collaborative documentary exploration and art-making in community settings, building relationships in the process. Face Up connects individuals and organizations on the Duke University campus and in Durham communities through creative engagement. The project’s open approach encourages diverse participation in the enhancement of the aesthetic environment, as visiting artist Brett Cook leads the creation of large murals that will expand awareness of historic and contemporary persons and places in Southwest Central Durham.
New York Times’ One in Eight Million Audio Slide show (Soundslides)
Holding Up the Memories An audio-slide story to capture the voices of Kentucky (Soundslides)
Common Ground A Mediastorm Soundslides story The Modern Story Digital Storytelling in Indian Schools Illinois State Museum’s Audio Video Barn Digital Stories around Land-Use (made by community members)