This week has been go, go, go at sounddelivery HQ as we got ready for the launch of Being the Story 2017. We’re excited to be inviting 10 new speakers to take the stage and share their powerful stories, but more on that later. Our storytelling highlights this week features powerful storytelling across TV, Radio, VR and music showing the breadth of different ways that we can put a spotlight on important issues through stories. So we hope you enjoy what we’ve seen, heard or read about and would like to share from the worlds of charity comms and digital storytelling. Happy Reading!
1. Being the Story 2017
This week we were thrilled to launch Being the Story 2017. #BeingTheStory is our one-day immersive storytelling event featuring the powerful stories of inspirational individuals. Think TedTalks meets the charity sector Being the Story provides a platform for people who don’t normally have one to inspire new ideas, challenge perceptions and provide inspiration for new organisational approaches to storytelling. The feedback to our 2016 speakers was incredible and their talks have been watched by almost 16,000 people so it’s safe to say we’re excited to announce our first two 2017 speaker slots. These include the incredible human rights campaigner, Onjali Rauf and the all-female collective Untold Story Hull. Find out more and book your super early-bird ticket here.
2.Woman’s Hour Live – Eating Disorders
This week Woman’s Hour deviated from their normal format, broadcasting live from The Huntercombe Hospital Cotswold Spa in Broadway, Worcestershire. They were sharing the stories of the young people receiving support and treatment for an eating disorder. They spoke with patients with different experiences, at various stages of recovery, and their families about what it’s like living with an eating disorder. Do have a listen.
3.One Deadly Weekend in America/ Limbo
There has been a lot of experimentation with virtual reality for social good in the last year or so, we’ve seen fundraisers take to the streets with headsets as well as VR and 360 video in charity campaigning. This new immersive experience from BBC Three caught our eye, they are using images and video from their documentary ‘One Deadly Weekend in America’ creating a VR experience putting a spotlight on gun crime in the US. The film is available on iplayer from this Sunday. The Guardian have also released a new VR project Limbo, a virtual experience of waiting for asylum sharing an insight into some of the feelings felt by those waiting for a decision that could change their life.
4.Sound:Mind Volume 1 – Chasing Shadows
Fab to see theatre company Cardboard Citizens, Lyrix Organix and rapper Little Simz team up to create an album exploring young peoples’ mental health through their own words and music. Cardboard Citizens work with people with experience of homelessness to produce brilliant plays, we had to the chance to see them perform an adaptation of Ken Loach’s Cathy. And now it’s great to see them turn to music to amplify the voices of young people.
5.Nadia & Eviction
Last night we took a trip to BAFTA for the screening of two powerful new short films Nadia and Eviction putting a spotlight on young people at risk of homelessness. The films were created by Fully Focused Productions in partnership with Centrepoint, Centrepoint Parliament and funded by The Legal Education Foundation. These films aim to raise awareness to the rights young people have around housing, and homelessness and encourage them to find support from organisations like Centrepoint. Working with homeless charity York Road Project and hearing the stories of young people facing homelessness really reinforces how vital films like Nadia and Eviction are.
NEW on the SD Blog:
Teresa Driver – Solving UK Poverty must address the causes not the symptoms. We met Teresa at our flagship training day #SMEX17 where she attended through the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Here she shares her experiences working in Hartlepool to tackle poverty.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team