Community Bridges

Digital Storytelling

A Digital storytelling circle is a three-day workshop that allows people to speak their story, write their story and digitize their story using photos, videos, their voice and music.

The New Hampshire Digital Storytelling project is underwritten by Community Bridges through monies from the Bureau of Developmental Services and Family Support Councils from around the state. It is designed to provide workshops throughout the state and allow people to share their stories. Stories are 2-4 minutes in length. Participants learn how to use movie making software to create their story.

Our project is open to everyone! We are currently offering workshops in 2015 on the following dates:

March 10, 17, 24
June 1-3
October 14-16

To register please fill out the form below:

Storytelling Registraion

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If you are interested in participating in a story Circle, contact Ashlee Fye at afye@communitybridgesnh.org.

Trained by the staff from the Center for Digital Storytelling, their core beliefs drive our work.

 

The ritual of sharing insights about life can be immensely valuable both to those who speak and those who bear witness. People who believe they are mundane, uninteresting, or unmemorable possess beneath this mask a vivid, complex, and rich body of stories just waiting to be told.
Being heard meets a deep-seated human need for connection. The simple yet critically important act of being acknowledged, being listened to – truly being heard – changes everything. It changes the person being listened to and therefore everything connected to that person.
Most people are either too distracted or too impatient to be really good listeners. In some parts of the world, this has resulted in a profusion of individuals who get paid to do the emotional labor of listening. Researchers, therapists, social workers, and others often play this role, yet anyone can learn to listen deeply. When they do, they create space for the storyteller to journey into the heart of the matter at hand.
This means that the forms and approaches they take to telling stories are also very different. There is no formula for making a great story – no prescription or template. Providing a map, illuminating the possibilities, outlining a framework – these are better metaphors for how one can assist others in crafting a narrative.
From birth, people around the world make music, draw, dance, and tell stories. As they grow to adulthood, they often internalize the message that producing art requires a special and innate gift, tendency, or skill. Many people simply give up and never return to creative practice. Confronting this sense of inadequacy and encouraging people in artistic self-expression can inspire individual and community transformation.
Many people blame themselves for their lack of technological savvy, instead of recognizing the complexity of the tools and acknowledging that access and training are often in short supply. But new media and digital video technologies will not in and of themselves make a better world. Developing thoughtful, participatory approaches to how and why these technologies are being used is essential.
Personal narratives can touch viewers deeply, moving them to reflect on their own experiences, modify their behavior, treat others with greater compassion, speak out about injustice, and become involved in civic and political life. Whether online, in social media or local communities, or at the institutional/policy level, the sharing of stories has the power to make a real difference.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.