DIGITALE . 2019 . POLAND
Digital storytelling for youth workers, educators and artivists
The training course explored one of the most inspiring ways to tell your story – digital storytelling. “Digitale” aimed at presenting the concept of the method developed by Joe and Dana at Berkeley and exploring the positive impact it can have when used as a method of working with youth on topics such as diversity and solidarity, as well as a method to present the results of youth work.
About the project
Digital storytelling is based on the assumption that every person has a unique story to be told and shared with the others. It is a modern extension of the art of storytelling that has been an important part of social interactions since the very birth of humanity. However, in the modern world where we people are constantly exposed to the flood of information, we tend to forget how reflecting on personal experiences and sharing them with others can be beneficial for one’s personal development. This way of personal narrative has a potential to be noticed and appreciated, to get through with its message and inspire others. Digital storytelling is a concept that combines two crucial aspects – the power of creating personal narratives and our modern need to “go digital”, giving people a chance to tell their stories in creative ways that involve using their digital skills.
“Digitale” brought together 27 educators and youth workers from various backgrounds and countries such as Poland, France, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Latvia and Italy. During this training course participants had the opportunity to go through the process of creating their own digital story. Then, they dived into the theory and ethics behind the process, so they will be able to facilitate and pass on the knowledge. They were also invited to facilitate a workshop on their own and worked with lovely children in a local youth centre in Lodz, Poland.
Karolina is an itinerant wanderluster, passionate about art and feminism. Born in Warsaw, Karolina graduated in cultural studies in Poland and is finishing her gender studies in Sweden. She designed and carried out creative writing courses and workshops about human rights and contemporary art in Poland and Sweden. She lived in Denmark, Indonesia, Belgium and Switzerland. She collects stamps on her passport and stories from all over the world.
Alexandra is a communication designer, illustrator and visual storyteller. She has been working in copywriting, digital communication and entrepreneurship during the past 12 years while being always attracted by arts – street dancing, music and drawing. She is a trainer since 2014 when she started teaching about digital skills and all creative ways to do online marketing and business planning. She now studies History of Art in Sofia and explores the possibilities of using art as an educational tool as well as a mean for inclusion & self-development.
Marta Skorczyńska, your logistical support during this training, and the project coordinator. Non-formal education trainer, certified in applied drama methodology. In her work finding inspiration in voice and body training, coaching and solution focused approach, and educational games. Graduate from Psychology and Social Animation studies in Gdansk University. Providing psychological support to EVS volunteers, also supporting and monitoring their learning process. Experienced in communication topics and managing multi-cultural groups.
LODZ (or ŁÓDŹ in Polish)
It’s the third largest city in Poland, located in the center part of our country. There is an airport, railway station and bus station nearby the city center. Łódź is an important academic and cultural center full of different kinds of musical, theatrical, literary, art and movie events. Łódź has a postindustrial history and it is going through the challenges of a city that is re-establishing its identity. Now the city is focusing on unwinding its potential by developing inside the creative industry sector.
We stayed at «Jedliczanka», a guest house located 18,5 km from Łódź, in a heart of the Grotniki forest. People were accommodated in a room with one or two other participants, with a private bathroom.