I am in Acton, training curators at the London Transport Museum to run Digital Storytelling Workshops. It involves taking them through a workshop to tell their own stories using personal narrative and photos from their own albums.
Today was a storycircle. That’s how they identify their story. At this stage it doesn’t have to be linked to transport but a surprising number are. A journey across the US by Greyhound, a car in search of purple fluffy dice (yes really), the driving instructors wart (honest) – all have transport links. There’s a story about blue shoes and another about a fondly remembered grandmother whose failing memory still held on to the many verses of the Lady of Shalott.
In the next few days these stories will take on a life of their own as they are turned into short TV films using digital technology – digital stories. In the process everyone will start to understand the skills that inspire others to tell their stories in the context of the transport museum.
Inspire is the key word. Technical skills are simple to master; inspiration is vital if people who may have written nothing more than a wishlist since leaving school are to gain the confidence forge their story into a script.
I love this work – and the stories I’m told in the workshops. What story would you tell? No more that 300 words.