Welcome to our weekly Storytelling Highlights. Here we share our weekly dose of things we’ve spotted that are great examples of storytelling. This is a list of things we’ve seen, heard or read about in the worlds of charity communications and digital storytelling and would like to share with you. A little heads-up that Early-Bird Tickets for the Social Media Exchange will end on 1st December, so snap up yours now. Back to the highlights- you know the drill, make yourself a cup of tea, grab a pair of headphones and enjoy.
Today is White Ribbon Day, an international day dedicated to the elimination of violence against women it marks the start of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. People have been sharing images of support on Twitter but it’s important to hear the voices of the women affected, they need to be given the skills and confidence to speak out. Read our blog for White Ribbon Day sharing our experiences working with survivors of abuse including the powerful talk given by Mandy Thomas at Being the Story. Mandy is a survivor of domestic abuse who is using her story to speak out for others and to raise awareness and provoke change around domestic abuse laws and policy. And follow #WhiteRibbonDay on Twitter.
2. END OF THE LINE
We think End of the Line is a really creative way of telling the story around the rise of rough sleepers in London with impact. Produced by Peter Yeung and Alli Shultes the video takes you on the journey of the N25 night bus, the route with the highest reported numbers of rough sleepers. Rough sleeping on London’s night buses has risen 121% in the past four years, according to an internal report by Transport for London. Maps, photos and a firsthand audio story of Joanne give more insights into what it’s like for the homeless who sleep on these night buses. Watch it here.
3. Breaking the Silence
This week Channel 4 broadcast Breaking the Silence Live – a new documentary that witnesses the moment when a group of deaf people may hear for the first time, after having cochlear implants fitted. We got to witness the touching moments where individuals, some of them deaf since birth were able to hear their loved ones voices. The documentary also highlighted some of the issues facing those with hearing loss and how they can be helped.
4. Big Life Fix
The Big Life Fix is a fab show that brings together technology experts to create a social tech product that will have life-changing consequences for those involved. One of the participants is Emma Lawton, our Being the Story speaker who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease aged just 29. It will be broadcast on December 7th at 9pm, don’t miss it! Watch the trailer here now:
BBC Taster has just launched a new 360 video project called No Small Talk 360°. It’s a pilot for a potential series aimed at and starring millennial women. The first episode features conversation between TV presenter and journalist, Cherry Healey and social media sensation, Emma Gannon. The Executive Producer Catherine Allen will be leading a masterclass the Social Media Exchange 2017 on getting to grips with immersive storytelling including virtual reality, 360 video and more.
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The Social Media Exchange returns on Monday 6th February at Resource for London, follow #SMEX17 on Twitter for updates. Early-Birds are available until next Wednesday December 1st so book your place now to connect with 150 other changemakers and be part of a practical and interactive day of digital storytelling skills.