However this Ted Talk really challenges you to think deeper about those questions and who we are and how we actually identify with what we do, and where we are from. It also gives an opening for using digital storytelling in a way that can help build a classroom of individuals into a team or supportive group.
I have seen the power of digital story telling in my work through interviewing volunteers about why it is they volunteer. It is what moves others to donate time or money to a cause. The time that goes into creating a digital story is vast, but the tools that are available at our finger tips now a days through tools like Prezi, PowToon or other online software makes it accessible and often free.
I really like the challenge of working digital story telling into the training we are doing. Typically this would mean the staff would create the concept of the project, interview or provide the questions, and then we would work to edit and present it back to our volunteers or learners....however I think the greater outcome would come if we actually developed an opportunity for our volunteers to create the project, develop the questions, and provide the content back to us. It would give us a different lens on the organization, the work we do, and the people that really make up the organization.
This could be especially powerful for some of our younger volunteers that want to support us, but aren't able to come in during office hours, or live outside the lower mainland. Digital storytelling could be a new avenue of distance volunteerism that we have yet to explore.