Storytelling Goes Digital

"Digital Storytelling is a process that allows media novices to produce brief videos by blending their voices, photographs, and other personal artifacts. This process exposes participants to multimedia technology through a meaningful context: their own stories."—Creative Narrations

Digital storytelling is a practice with roots in the 1970s and 80s. With the advance of digital technology—especially smart phones that snap a photo or capture action so conveniently—the opportunities for using this technique are endless. Anyone with a camera and a newer computer can share family history, personal accounts of meaningful experiences, educational information, and images and information that can change their future.

Over the past two years, several members of the Aging and Disability Services staff have participated in digital storytelling training—provided by Creative Narrations—and have produced the following videos:

Another Day ... Another Step, by ADS Planner Irene Stewart (3:02)

Irene describes how she developed a love for walking—and the benefits!

The Heart of Service, by ADS planner Mary Pat O'Leary, RN, BSN (3:17)

Mary Pat talks about the spirit of service that her family taught her.

Hope for the Heart of Our Community, by ADS Planner Karen Winston (2:41)

Karen discusses the origins of the African American Elders Program.

Nuts About Oral Health, by ADS Planner Maria Langlais, Aging and Disability Services (2:16)

Maria wonders why oral health is taken for granted.

PEARLS—A Digital Story for Veterans, by Case Manager Paul Snow (3:10)

Paul discusses how veterans can benefit from counseling, even many years after discharge.

PEARLS: Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives, by ADS administrative assistant Lorraine Sanford (2:08)

Lorraine talks about the difficulties of being a female veteran and how PEARLS can help.

The videos linked here can also be found on the Mapping Our Voices for Equity (MOVE) website. MOVE is a grassroots organization that showcases digital stories focused on improving health by influencing policy and system development and environmental change.

Contributor Irene Stewart is an Aging and Disability Services (ADS) planner and editor of AgeWise King County. She enjoys distance walking and is inspired to live up to her own good advice in her digital story (linked above).