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.