Patient Voices: engaging patients, educating practitioners, transforming healthcare through digital storytelling
Pip Hardy, Founding Director, Pilgrim Projects and Patient Voices
Stories of individual experience offer rich opportunities for teaching, learning, healing and change. The Patient Voices Programme has been collecting and disseminating digital stories of healthcare, created by patients, carers and health practitioners since 2003. Stories of birth and death, accident and injury, disease and despair, triumph over adversity and the resilience of the human spirit provide prompts for reflection, triggers for discussion and debate and the potential for transformation. Healthcare practitioners and educators alike find the stories stimulate new and creative ways of teaching and afford deep learning opportunities. At the same time, storytellers themselves are often transformed as their stories lead them towards healing and wholeness.
Stories, Experience and Designing the Digital
Pete Wright, Professor of Social Computing and Rachel Clarke, PhD Candidate, Culture Lab, Newcastle University
It’s not surprising that in recent years the Social Sciences have seen an explosion of methods for collecting stories for qualitative research. Storytelling is a powerful and often familiar tool to engage people, providing an immediate, compelling, and active listening experience. More recently, storytelling has been recognised as a tool for not only revealing the richness and complexities of people’s lived experience, but also as a tool to assist in the design and transformation of digital services and products. Through the SiDE (Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy) Hub at Newcastle University, we are developing ways to facilitate the telling of stories to enable greater proficiency, adaptability and agency with- and through- digital technologies in health, social care and education settings. We will provide examples of our recent research projects in these areas, describing methods of working with stories for design that supports empathic understanding of people’s lives.
What is digital storytelling?
Barrie Stephenson, Owner of Digistories
What makes a story digital or how does digital technology inspire a new generation of storytellers? Did storytelling ever go away or is new media really breathing new life into long forgotten skills?
Scrapbook television, as digital storytelling has been described by one of it's early practitioners, is both authentic and engaging. In the museums sector it adds community stories narrated by local voices to existing collections, but how does it work? Starting from basic principles the session will examine the most obvious of questions. What is Digital Storytelling?
Culture Shock! – Tell us Your Story
Alex Henry, Project Coordinator, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Culture Shock! was an experimental partnership project designed to collect 1,000 digital stories from people in the North East of England; preserve them in perpetuity using digital technology; and share them as widely as possible. All of the Culture Shock! stories were inspired in some way by museums and galleries or were inspired by heritage and things that are important to the participants. All the finished stories have been permanently added to museum collections, broadcast online and at special events.
This session will give an overview of the project, how it came about, what happened and where digital storytelling at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums is going.
Digital Storytelling – why bother?
Chris Wood, Director, Culture:Unlimited
Culture:Unlimited followed the Culture Shock! project from the start of an idea in 2007, to the finish line in 2011. Throughout that whole time, Chris Wood, the Director of Culture:Unlimited, was personally involved in evaluating it and will be at the conference to tell the inside story of how it became what it did, what people got out of it, and what to think about if you want to do something similar. Culture Shock! was a project that existed at the boundary between museums and communities; and it has lessons, outcomes, impacts and tales to tell about both of them. In short, this session will be the story of digital storytelling in the North East.
You can view the main presentations from the Culture Shock! conference on our You Tube channel TWAMDigitalStories. Please select the link below;