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ECHO BLOG :: REFLECTIONS ON THE POWER OF STORYTELLING

Be a digital-storytelling pioneer

April 29, 2012

Filed under: Internal Storytelling,Storytelling in our lives — Megan Lau @ 12:00 am

UPDATE: The inaugural Digital Storytelling Unconference (DSU) will be held on July 7 at The Network Hub in New Westminster, located at the beautiful waterfront setting of the River Market.

Tickets: $15 early bird and $20 after that and at the door.

For the latest information, visit the DSU wiki. To volunteer, contact hello@denimandsteel.com


The word storytelling gets bandied an awful lot these days. It’s a term that has currency in industries and communities as diverse as activism, health care, advertising and art. It’s possible that the recent fascination with narrative comes out the immense possibilities that emerge out of digital technology—with each new web app, open-source community or forum, countless avenues for creativity and connection are opened up. With so much recent exploration in this arena, it feels like time to reflect on how digital tools and culture intersect with storytelling.

Since their formative January ForumJohn, Echo’s creative director, and our studiomates Denim & Steel have been meeting as a digital/storytelling working group, spearheading conversation on this topic. In the hopes of expanding the conversation, this week, Tylor and Todd issued a call for interest in a summer Digital Storytelling Unconference in Vancouver:

Rather than a place to tell stories, this is about bringing together people from … ‘hard culture/soft culture’ (digital and analog) to see how traditional storytelling practice can inform digital tool-making, and what emerging opportunities digital tools offer storytellers.

Whether you’re interested in attending, presenting or organizing, please get in touch with Todd and Tylor through Twitter, or email them at hello @ denimandsteel.com.