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Digital Storytelling

Capturing Lives, Creating Community

By Joe Lambert

© 2013 – Routledge

210 pages

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Listen deeply. Tell stories. This is the mantra of the Center for Digital Storytelling (CDS) in Berkeley California, which, since 1998 has worked with nearly 1,000 organizations around the world and trained more than 15,000 people in the art of digital storytelling.

In this revised and updated edition of the CDS's popular guide to digital storytelling, co-founder Joe Lambert details the history and methods of digital storytelling practices. Using a "7 Steps" approach, Lambert helps storytellers identify the fundamentals of dynamic digital storytelling--from seeing the story, assembling it, and sharing it. As in the last edition, readers of the fourth edition will also find new explorations of the applications of digital storytelling and updated appendices that provide resources for budding digital storytellers, including information about past and present CDS-affiliated projects and place-based storytelling, a narrative-based approach to understanding experience and landscape. A companion website further brings the entire storytelling process to life.

Over the years, the CDS's work has transformed the way that community activists, educators, health and human services agencies, business professionals, and artists think about story, media, culture, and the power of personal voice in creating change. For those who yearn to tell multimedia stories, Digital Storytelling is the place to begin.


"Joe Lambert has dedicated his life to the sure knowledge that our stories sustain, renew, and connect us. Digital Storytelling is deep, wise, heartfelt, masterful, and remarkably practical, both grounding that knowledge in history and explaining precisely how it can be used to strengthen democracy and enhance our personal and collective futures." —Arlene Goldbard, speaker, activist, and author of New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development

"This book is a journey that shows us the great value of stories—not all kinds of stories, but the ones that make us human." —Karen Worcman, founder, Museu da Pessoa (Museum of the Person), São Paulo, Brazil

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Work of Story 2. Stories in Our Lives Interlude 1: The Legacy of Tanya 3. A Road Traveled: The Evolution of the Digital Storytelling Process 4. The World of Digital Storytelling Interlude 2: Wynn's Story 5. The Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling 6. The Story Circle: Facilitating the Digital Storytelling Workshop Interlude 3: Elizabeth's Story 7. Approaches to Scripting Prompts and Processes 8. Storyboarding Interlude 4: Ray's Story 9. Designing in Digital: Working with Digital Imagin, Audio, and Video 10. Distribution, Ethics, and the Politics of Engagement Interlude 5: Zahid's Story 11. Applications of Digital Storytelling 12. When Silence Speaks – A Conversation with Amy Hill 13. Stories from Fishing Lake, Alberta – A Conversation with Yvonne Pratt 14. Humanizing Healthcare: A Conversation with Pip Hardy & Tony Sumner 15. Digital Storytelling in Higher Education – A Conversation with William Shewbridge, Liv Gjestvang, Walt Jacobs, and Cheryl Diermyer Addendum: Silence Speaks Digital Storytelling: Guidelines for Ethical Practice by Amy Hill and Lucy Harding Appendix: Digital Storyteller's Bill of Rights Bibliography Index

About the Author

Joe Lambert founded the Center for Digital Storytelling (formerly the San Francisco Digital Media Center) in 1994, with his wife Nina Mullen and colleague Dana Atchley. Together they developed a unique computer training and arts program around the Digital Storytelling Workshop. This process grew out of Joe's long running collaboration with Dana on the solo theatrical multimedia work Next Exit. Since then, Joe and his organization have traveled the world to spread the practice of digital storytelling.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Digital
ART / Film & Video
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Storytelling
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies