It’s been a busy week at sounddelivery HQ as we prepared for our big announcement- The Social Media Exchange is back! #SMEX18 is our annual flagship training day to give you inspiration & top tips on digital storytelling, more details to come. Here are our storytelling highlights, this week features powerful stories on a range of issues, and celebrations of fab campaigning too. 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 (especially in this weather), grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
1.The Social Media Exchange is back
We’re thrilled to announce the Social Media Exchange is back on Monday 5 February! #SMEX18 celebrates the power of digital storytelling and the impact it has to change the world around us. This year’s interactive masterclasses will cover digital storytelling tools and trends, video, social media takeovers and user-generated content, photography, audio storytelling and more. Our first speaker announcement is the brilliant Jessica Barlow, Digital Communications and Engagement Manager at NHS England – manager of the award-winning @nhs account. Find out more & book your early-bird place now.
2.Big Life Fix
We are HUGE fans of Simon Reeve’s ‘The Big Life Fix’ so we were thrilled to see it’s return for a Children in Need special. The programme brings together some of the UK’s leading designers and engineers to help three children with disabilities. It was amazing to see the huge impact that the technological innovations had on the children’s lives and will continue to have. The last series featured our Being the Story speaker Emma Lawton as designer Haiyan Zhang created the ‘Emma Watch’ a device that helps to counteract her tremors caused by Parkinson’s, it was emotional watching. Catch up with the latest Big Life Fix here.
3.Untold Story Hull – Online Stories
This week saw the launch of Untold Story Hull’s website, a place to share their stories, news and more. We were honoured to work with the women’s collective Untold Story Hull back in April, commissioned by Lankelly Chase. We supported the women to promote their new book of stories, poetry and images around their experience of domestic abuse, poverty, mental health problems which lead them to street prostitution but also experiences of strength and resilience. We invited one of the women, Amanda to speak at Being the Story where she shared her powerful story on stage. You can read her story and the other’s here.
4.Exodus: Our Journey Continues
Last night the second episode of Exodus – Our Journey Continues aired on BBCTwo. This week we returned to Nazifa and her family, as she tried to be smuggled to Germany to have her child ‘Every time I hear the word smuggler my heart sinks’ this episode really brought to light the fact refugees will put their whole lives in the hands of smugglers just for the small chance of crossing. The programme also put a spotlight on the division of sentiment towards refugees, the welcoming nature of Germany but also the rising far-right protesting against it. Catch up here.
We came across this brilliant idea by The Sheila McKechnie Foundation as part of their work on The Social Change Project. They want to share great examples of campaigning around social change, and have created this open-source google-doc where people can add changemakers and social change initiatives they admire. They hope that people will continue to contribute powerful campaigns as a way to learn from each other and share great examples of organisations creating change.
We lost Twitter as we know it this week with the rolling-out of the new 280 character limit. It’s had very mixed reactions, and we still believe that less can be more. But we loved this blog by Madeline Sugden on the creative uses of our newly gained characters.
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Jude and Helena the sounddelivery team