Extending Creative Practice (2010-2012)
Extending Creative Practice involved five partners from four countries exploring the use of digital storytelling as a means to reduce the digital exclusion of older people and to gather stories from across distinct settings. DigiTales trained trainers from partner organisations in Finland, Slovenia and Romania who then went on to make digital stories with older people. A final conference was held in Maribor, Slovenia as part of the EC Capital of Culture programme during May 2012. The evaluation of the programme can be downloaded from here.
Extending Creative Practice was selected as an example of good practice by the UK National Agency and awarded a prize by the British Council. Research papers addressing the themes of Extending Creative Practice have been presented at international conferences in Spain, Romania, Turkey and Portugal
Digital Empowerment (DigEm)
Digem was a six country partnership based project exploring the use of digital storytelling as means to train economically marginalised groups of people with ICT skills to enable them to join the labour force. The DigiTales team developed the curricula for the project and trained all the trainers in the partner organisations. The participating countries were Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Lithuania and Czech Republic. Each partner went on to make stories with different community groups including asylum seekers, women, unemployed young people and older people who had lost their jobs.
In the UK, DigiTales worked with the BBC, colleagues from Goldsmiths and community groups to develop a programme of work marking the relocation of BBC activity to Media City in Salford. Digital stories were made using archive footage from the BBC enabling local people to explore how their perception of particular events had been shaped by media representations. DigiTales also worked with Inclusion Ventures from Jaywick to produce a portfolio of digital stories with young people from what was officially known as the most deprived town in England.
Digem was nominated by the EC as one the best ICT projects of 2012. The guide to Digital Storytelling completed by the DigiTales Team for this project can be download here (add link through active word)
Imagine Your Future (2008-2010)
Imagine Your Future was a British Council funded initiative designed to support young leaders from diverse communities across 13 participating countries in Europe and the Near East. DigiTales ran digital storytelling workshops and each of the young people told a personal story describing their background and aspirations. These stories were collected together and showcased on a website built by the British Council, celebrated at an exhibition held in participating countries and showcased at a conference in Krakow.