the secret kingdom

the secret kingdom from Brian Leaf on Vimeo.

Last year, I attended an immersive workshop on Mobile Digital Storytelling run by Joe Lambert. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley. Assisting him was Robin Elliot, the Project Lead for the [murmur] project, an art project that brings personal stories to physical locations through the use of audio recordings.

It might be too dramatic to say the three-day workshop was life-changing, but it was certainly one that has impacted my views on what it means to be professional. Or at least made me realize that I want to be somewhat true to myself, no matter the setting, because each aspect of my life does inform and inspire the others to some extent or another.

The videos were created in a facilitated learning community where we were asked to let ourselves be somewhat vulnerable as we shared our thoughts and feelings. That’s at least a brief overview of the digital storytelling model. But lot of it came from Joe and Robin being excellent coaches (and just exceptional people in general) and also from having a generally supportive group to work with.

Since then, I’ve presented on digital storytelling as an active learning tool at a conference, and I hope to become further involved in local programs.

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