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Creating a digital story is deep learning

November 11, 2015 | Blog-Admin1 | Change Stories, Let's Talk Visual, Methods & Tools |

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AlfonsoNadiaThe beauty of digital storytelling is that the results are not only visible but also shareable. The beauty is also that the process of creating stories within a 3-days workshop triggers deep reflection and learning for the each storyteller.  

Alfonso Flores, communication specialist working for SDC’s Water and Sanitation programme in Central America shares his personal learning experience.

By Alfonso Flores and Nadia von Holzen, SDC

During the digital storytelling workshop organised by the SDC Learning & Networking team this summer 31 storytellers created their personal story of learning and change. The result is tangible and visible: 34 stories about giving voice & visibility, evidence & change, and reflection & organizational culture. Astonishing is that these results were produced within a 3-days workshop (see here how we created these stories).

The beauty is that these results are not only visible but also shareable. The 3′ videos trigger reflection and conversation in the team and also with a wider audience during workshops or virtual meetings.

The beauty is also that the process triggered deep reflection and learning for the each storyteller.  Read below how Alfonso Flores, communication specialist working for SDC’s Water and Sanitation programme in Central America (Aguasan) shares his personal learning experience.

First we invite you to watch his story The man who opened my eyes. Alfonso Flores tells the story of Carlos. Carlos is an extraordinary person contributing to the well-being of his family through clean drinking water.

What stood out for you in the  digital storytelling workshop?

It was a very participative process. I felt the freedom to create, but I also felt that all the organising team was there to support me. Something special was the human quality of the team. In  my case, If I feel that  I am surrounded by friendly people, I feel more comfortable and confident and, as a consequence, I learn better. Always.

What was your deepest learning? I learned more than just one thing.

Firstly, I gained a new tool that will be useful (and actually it is being useful at the moment) in my everyday work. Now I can produce stories faster.

Secondly, I am getting in touch with the Learning & Networking team that can support my work, it was like opening a door that I didn´t even know that it existed within SDC.

And thirdly, on a more personal level, this workshop showed me again that my passion in life is telling stories to touch people’s hearts. Through the stories I can touch hearts to make a better world, at least for some.

What happened since the workshop? What has changed for you?

I used to produce videos for news and documentaries but I always had the support of cameramen and editors. This workshop gave me the chance to use my “own hands” to put all the pieces together. It was like cooking something delicious by myself for the first time. I really enjoy it and I am hungry to produce more!!

What is your learning story?

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