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Grassroots Visual Storytelling

Grassroots Visual Storytelling

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  • 20 hours study
  • Level 0: Beginner

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    • Introduction

      The stories we tell each other are what makes or breaks a community.  There are positive, uplifting stories which bring people together and galvanise action. But there are also destructive, demoralising stories which tear communities apart.

      This course is about empowering people to create their own positive, uplifting stories of community food growing during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. It's true that we do not need any technology to do this. But simple accessible technologies give us the means to go beyond face-to-face storytelling, to put our stories online and so to reach more people.  Through such stories, we can go beyond being passive consumers of negative stories that we often see on television and the Internet. 

      We can use smartphones (or tablets) to gather rich audiovisual information for our stories, to  produce them at minimal cost, and to share them virally throughout our community and beyond.  Using smartphones allows us to capture the story as it unfolds in real time, to enhance the story with additional information (maps, pictures, graphs), and to add diverse perspectives afterwards.

      This course builds on the highly successful ‘hands-on’ and participatory approach developed by the Cobra Collective to empower communities through digital storytelling of positive local practices.

      This course is part of the project “Digital storytelling about group food growing” run by the Open University and the Cobra Collective in collaboration with the Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming.


    • Course learning outcomes

      The project consists of two courses. The first course will introduce you to grassroots visual storytelling and to the basic skills for producing visual stories using a smartphone or tablet. The second course focuses on how food growing initiatives support community wellbeing and is for us to create together, with your stories acting as key examples of the positive impacts of community food growing.

      Course 1 Grassroots Visual Storytelling

      After completing this course, you will

      1. Understand the power of storytelling to inspire change
      2. Be able to recognise and use different storytelling approaches
      3. Understand what a strengths-based approach to storytelling is
      4. Understand the fundamentals of ethics, consent and copyright considerations
      5. Be able to use various communication techniques such as images, sound and video
      6. Be able to design an inspiring story
      7. Know how to edit digital stories

    • Course dates:

      First Published 15/04/2021.

    Course content

    Below is the course content. You can click on any section here and it will take you through to this section of the course.
    • ExpandPrerequisite skills and necessary equipment

    • ExpandThe power of storytelling to inspire change

    • ExpandHow to tell visual stories about community strengths

    • ExpandConcepts and techniques for producing visual digital stories

    • ExpandDesigning a story

    • ExpandEthics, Consent and Copyright

    • ExpandCapturing and editing your story

    • ExpandSharing digital stories

    • ExpandEditing

    • ExpandConclusion

    • ExpandMore advanced content and further reading

    • ExpandContributors

    • ExpandPhotostories

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      • 20 hours study
      • Level 0: Beginner

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