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Youth Voices from the Frontline: Community Digital Storytelling in Indonesia

UNICEF Indonesia knows the value of youth voice, capacity, engagement and action. It initiated the “Youth Voices from the Frontline” project to strengthen youth engagement through the Children in a Changing Climate Coalition. To launch the project, in August 2016, members of ten organizations learned how to conduct a photo-based, participatory development process called Community Digital Storytelling (CDST). The participants are from: ChildFund, Plan International Indonesia, Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, Wahana Visi Indonesia, Pramuka, Climate Warriors, Forum Anak Nasional, Youth for Climate Change, Youth Network on Violence Against Children and Sinergi Muda. Tamara led on the project design with UNICEF, and she and the PannaFoto Institute facilitated the workshop in Jakarta.The workshop participants learned techniques for helping youth tell their own stories to spark conversations on topics they care about. Through the on-going “Youth Voices” project, young people will gain knowledge about climate change and disasters, build their confidence, and share their concerns with those who can address them and work with them to design solutions and take action. In this way, CDST prioritizes strengthening youth understanding, self-confidence and ownership on concerning issues and solutions through processes of research, reflection, dialogue, engagement and mobilization.

Read more about the project in this Overview Publication:
See the stages in the Facilitator's Guide created specifically for the workshop participants:

For International Youth Day 2016, the young workshop participants created this video (www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y-nHjFw-fw). More links to young people’s CDST photo-videos and actions are forthcoming.


Story-driven participatory video with mobile technology in Gugulethu, South Africa

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Storytelling processes are known for their transformative power for both the storyteller and the listener. This connection to the personal and the dialogue that ensues can foster mutual understanding and serve as a catalyst for social change. However, despite its value, visual storytelling practitioners often find it difficult to incorporate the personal in collaborative, community-driven storytelling processes such as participatory video (PV). It is with such intent that we – as researchers and visual storytelling practitioners – partnered with Sonke Gender Justice community mobilizers in Cape Town to explore Story-driven PV.

Read about the Case Study (including videos from the workshop)

Work-in-progress facilitator's guide

Transformativestory.org blog: Can participatory video bring transformative change? Perhaps.


Our Valuable Voices: Community Digital Storytelling in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

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CARE believes that a vibrant, diverse society becomes stronger when everyone can equally contribute their voice to decisions that impact them. This is why CARE used Community Digital Storytelling (CDST) with Cham fisherwomen and men in the Mekong Delta to strengthen and amplify their voice. CDST is an innovative participatory development approach that enables people to gain knowledge, build their confidence and share their concerns with others who can address them. CDST builds on the full potential of people often unheard; strengthening the wider society in the process.

Our Valuable Voices Case Study & Technical Guide from CARE



Short Films for Social Change in Brisbane, Australia

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In 2015, through a Communication and Arts course, fourteen postgraduate students worked collaboratively to develop the four personal films featured here. This site highlights their films and experiences through the class, as well as aims to provoke a conversation about the film topics. The course was taught by Tamara Plush and Grady Walker: www.uq.edu.au/ccsc/shorts-for-social-change