DIGITAL STORY PROJECTS

Afrolatino Project

Proyecto Afrolatino/The Afro-Latino Project

“The (bi-lingual-digital) project is meant to show similarities and differences in Afrodescendant/ Afrolatino experiences regardless of country, gender, class, sexual orientation or political opinions. If you consider yourself Afrodescendant or Afrolatino we want to hear your story.

We welcome audio submissions of narratives via the Conversemos Afro voice recorder or video recordings done by cell phone voice or video recorders. We also invite you to use the video or voice recorder of your cell phone and email your stories to habla@afrolatinoproject.org.

The project is also collecting video narratives of select political, economic, social cultural and religious leaders in the Afrodescendant/Afrolatino community to add a visual component to Project’s initiatives.

In using various Web 2.0 tools we have created a platform that digitally preserves Afrolatin@ culture, and which can also teach and facilitate digital literacy in the context of Afrodescendant/Afrolatino experiences in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. In this fast growing digital era it is important that Afrodescendants (and all marginalized communities), become not only “consumers” but “creators” of digital content. A central theme of the Afrolatino Project is to explore the promising intersection of “digital citizenship“, “digital humanities“, “mobile telephony” (growth in mobile phone use), and “participatory culture“, as an emerging paradigm in the call for Afrodescendant social inclusion.”
 


Center for Digital Storytelling

MISSION

We surface authentic voices around the world through group process and participatory media creation. Our programs support people in sharing and bearing witness to stories that lead to learning, action, and positive change.

What We Do

For nearly twenty years, the Center has been supporting people in sharing meaningful stories from their lives. Our unique workshops assist participants in producing short, first-person narratives that can be presented in a variety of traditional and social media formats. We provide non-threatening production environments in which the process of creation is valued as much as the stories created.

Through partnerships with a range of organizations, institutions, and funders, we offer story making and story distribution services that prioritize the power of individual voices. Whether you’re interested in storytelling for professional development, as a reflective practice, as a pedagogical strategy, or as a vehicle for education, community mobilization, or advocacy, we are recognized globally as experts in all things digital storytelling. The following values are central to our work (excerpt from the website)
 


[Id]entidad

Founded and edited by Joel Rodriguez, [Id]entidadis an independent student-focused collaborative non-fiction journal project where individuals can express themselves creatively through literary styles, artistic techniques, and digital media by telling stories of themselves: their history, ideals, cultural expressions, and other aspects of what they consider to be part of “identity.” Collaborators are not limited to only share stories of themselves; they can also tell the stories of others as long as it connects, either personally or ideally, to the collaborator in some way. The goal of this project is to create a community of people and a consciousness about issues, situations, the reality that reigns in every human being, and how each individual defines life based on their experiences.
 


 
 
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STORYCORPS – Every Voice Matters

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 45,000 interviews with nearly 90,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, strengthen and build the connections between people, teach the value of listening, and weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that every life matters. At the same time, we will create an invaluable archive of American voices and wisdom for future generations.

In the coming years we will build StoryCorps into an enduring institution that will touch the lives of every American family.

StoryCorps interviews are featured every Friday on NPR’s Morning Edition. Hear all of the stories from our long-running public radio series—and more—on this page and in our podcasts. You can also check out our books and animations.

The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It’s the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. This year, StoryCorps has chosen to feature the stories of veterans, active duty military, and their families.