Stories are native to us all. It was how we first learnt about the world, and our place in it. Stories are more powerful than facts or figures alone. They are a great way to share your ideas, successes and learning’s.
Using documentary story and stakeholder participation in monitoring, evaluation and to create visual reports. It’s the story behind the numbers that bring a traditionally dry and boring process to life.
'The Story Catchers' use qualitative data collection methodologies, participatory media (where the audience can play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analysing and sharing media content) and documentary videographers to collect stories that have a greater purpose. These stories are used in the creation of a series of documentaries to be used in participatory forums to unpack the documentary films for the monitoring, evaluation and reporting process.
We all can recognise and celebrate the power of story, however is the same recognition given to the ethical responsibilities of the story catcher? I believe that story is sacred and attention must be given to the ethics of collecting and sharing the individual and community’s story.
Authentic storytelling highlights issues and encourages people to share information. Few would deny that authentic stories have the potential to drive considerable social impact. These stories are stories for purpose.
Over the next couple of blogs I will be taking a look at ‘Stories for Purpose’; what are they, how do we capture them, and how and when do we use them.
“Stories are just data with soul” Brene Brown
Research, monitoring, evaluation and reporting are all about the data, the facts. The question is how can we best communicate these facts?
Researchers and evaluators spend a lot of time thinking about what they want to tell an audience, however not so much time spent on the how.
Information is often delivered using long and comprehensive written reports, factual PowerPoint presentations, excel spread sheets, graphs etc.
How many people read these reports? how engaged are they? and how can we do it differently to better engage our audience?
The Centenary Service and March was the largest I have ever attended. Perhaps the 100 years was the reason for the large turn outs or perhaps it is that ANZAC Day signifies our countries values of courage, mateship, and sacrifice. Values that have great meaning for us and our sense of national identity.
Sharing stories is possibly one of the most important ways we have of communicating with each other. It is how we share our hopes and fears, dreams, and passions and what we believe and value as well as what we do not.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the with you the next two sessions. These Prezis will only be up for a very limited time so please share these sessions with your community.