Transformative storytelling for social change

An online handbook and forum for conceptual reflections, practical experiences, and methodological guidance on transformative creative and visual storytelling methods.

Citizenship in Bosnia and Herzegovina : Visual Stories of Change

This project is based on the telling of stories. Not fiction or fantasy, but the telling of people’s own stories about their experiences of citizen participation, local governance and how change happens in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Using digital storytelling and participatory video – forms of participatory visual methods – it has given more than 20 citizens in BiH an opportunity to develop, articulate and share stories about themselves, their municipalities and the systems which affect their lives. The stories produced give powerful and personal insights into the realities of citizenship, participation, democracy and local governance in BiH today.

River of Life

River of Life is a visual narrative method that helps people tell stories of the past, present and future. Individuals can use this method to introduce themselves in a fun and descriptive way; a group can use it to understand and reflect on the past and imagine the future of a project; and it can be used to build a shared view compiled of different and perhaps differing perspectives. River of Life focuses on drawing rather than text, making it useful in groups that do not share a language. When used in a group, it is an active method, good for engaging people.

Sending Videos Safely Through the Wild, Wild Web

Video files can be easily lost, corrupted or altered when transferred from one location to another. Different online services handle files differently, potentially affecting your ability to access and share the video and the video’s viability as evidence. So what features should you look for, and which websites and services have them? Here is a list of the key factors to consider, followed by a comparison of popular file-sharing services.

Digital Storytelling: All our stories are true and they are ours!

As feminists we are often called on to tell our stories of violence, resistance, pain but also of overcoming, surviving, of love, of friendships. We gather in small and large groups to witness, listen, celebrate, hold and honour each other through our stories. As we listen, we try and fit ourselves into the skin of the other to understand the pleasure, pain and the journey of another.