A key activity in the LIDA project is digital storytelling

Storytelling is used in the LIDA project of many reasons. It’s a tool for sharing important and personal stories, for empowerment and inclusion, for mutual education and for improving digital skills.

Many members of the LIDA project team and the advisory board met in Rome in June 2022 for a three day workshop in digital storytelling facilitated by the LIDA partner Pilgrim Projects ltd. In the autumn, each of the four partner countries will facilitate workshops themselves for our main target groups, vulnerable adults and their trainers, and to be good facilitators it’s crucial that we learn and practice the methodology ourselves.

"Stories are a universal currency, a universal way of telling a truth, there are so much more than statistics or graphs or charts, they take us to the very essence of that person’s being, their motivation and their needs."

Tony Sumner,

LIDA project partner and Co-Founder of Pilgrim Projects Ltd.

LIDA project partners Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner give words to the power of both creating stories and sharing stories in this short video:

During the days in Rome, we also shared experiences with previous use of digital storytelling. In this video, Elsa Teixeira from the University of Porto tells about how they ran and evaluated workshops with 32 young people in the Erasmus+ project Mind the Gaps, which was coordinated Angélica Monteiro and Carlinda Leite:

Also, two of the LIDA advisory board members shared very interesting and valueable experiences with digital storytelling during the workshop. Laura M Smith, Durham University, uses digital storytelling to have their students reflect upon who they are as learners:

Burcu Simsek, Hacettepe university, has been facilitated digital storytelling workshops since 2009, and in particular with migrant women. In the video, she shares research and knowledge from two projects: A cookbook initiative where migrant women shared their stories (and recipes) while they were actually cooking and a project with refugees, migrants and people who are displaced in Marocco called Stories without visa.

"… One of the things that we have learned is that people are far more similar than they are different. The things that really matters to people are family, good health, a safe place to live, a sense of community and a sense of belonging."

Pip Hardy,

LIDA project partner and Co-Founder of Pilgrim Projects Ltd.


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