Digital Storytelling (DST) is a workshop-based methodology that focuses on the everyday person’s ability to share aspects of their life story. It is grounded in the storytellers’ control over the medium – words, images and audio – so that the process of learning and production is as powerful for the storyteller as the end product is for the audience.
A final digital story is a short video (2–4 minutes) of images, voice, text and music stitched together using low-tech, affordable and accessible technology. Participants narrate first-person scripts that they write and then match with personal photographs, drawings, music and sound effects to tell their story. Once completed, DST stories are easily published online and can be made available to an international audience, depending on the topic and purpose of the project.
The power of DST is in the process, not the product. It’s an opportunity to build young women’s communications and leadership skills, and amplify their voices.