After a short break our storytelling highlights are back! We hope you all had a great summer, we’ve been gearing up for Being the Story 2017 now just six weeks away. Hearing our speakers’ talks taking shape has got us buzzing with excitement but more on that later. Our early-bird tickets end this Sunday, so don’t miss out, book your place now. Now for our storytelling highlights, we return with a bang featuring powerful stories across audio, video, and photography. 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. Put the kettle on, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
- Being the Story
Over the summer we’ve been working away to curate a unique day rich with powerful stories on everything from foster care, to learning disabilities, to street prostitution and more. We’ve still got a few surprises in store but we know our speakers will stop people in their tracks. Yesterday we were thrilled to announce the involvement of Zimbo and Dylan, who featured in One Mile Away a film that documented the mediation by award-winning film director (and SMEX15 keynote speaker) Penny Woolcock between their two rival gangs in Birmingham. They’re now working together to create change around the glamorisation of gang culture. Find out more about all of our speakers here– and remember early-birds end on Sunday!
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness around some of the biggest successes, challenges and breakthroughs in childhood cancer treatment. We were honoured to be asked to produce a series of podcasts for Children with Cancer UK, sharing insights into new treatments that could have a huge impact, and the firsthand experiences and cancer journeys of some of the children they support. Listen here.
- HONY turn to Video
We’ve always loved and admired Humans of New York for their authentic stories putting a spotlight on the most diverse of experiences. So we were excited to hear of the news they were turning to video. The team spent four years gathering 1200 interviews on film to create a series of videos around different themes; Home, Star and Time so far. If you haven’t already, take some time to watch the films here.
- The Fix
We stumbled across The Fix last week, Radio 4’s series that brings together 12 bright young minds from across the UK to debate, conversate and try to come up with potential solutions to some of the big issues our society faces. Experts and people with lived experience of the issue are included to help advise them in their problem solving. We tuned in as the young people explored how we might help reduce the percentage of people reoffending. It makes for some interesting listening, find it here.
- Cheer Up Love
Photography is a powerful medium for stories and can have a huge impact. Cheer Up Love from photographer Eliza Hatch aims to bring to light the scale of sexual harassment experiences but young women through photographs and stories. It was born out of a conversation Hatch had with her friends in which they shared their experiences of harassment and has since gone viral, generating much needed conversation around harassment, and the need to challenge it.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team