Telling stories has a profound impact on both the teller and the listener.
This needs to be held and respected. Digital storytelling is not simply about creating stories but also about sharing, learning and listening. We work to take care of participants’ emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. Creating agreements between all present, participants as well as facilitators, is important to ensure that the stories stay with the group until people are ready to release them further, if at all.
All stories are owned by the creators of the stories, and they have the right to screen and circulate their stories or keep them private. We discuss issues of informed consent and distribution carefully and are clear that storytellers can withdraw consent at any time. The storytellers decide if their stories will be released into the public domain.
Through years of facilitating digital storytelling workshops, we’ve seen how people’s stories change. As our lives are fluid and unpredictable, so are our stories. We hold to the principle that each person has the right to remove their story from the public domain should they choose to.
This includes being able to access all our personal data and information online, being able to exercise control over them, including knowing who has access to them and under what conditions, and being able to delete them forever. However, this right needs to be balanced against the right to access public information, transparency and accountability.