I asked several people whether they know storytellers and if what story kept in their mind. Some of the answers: “My grandfather always told us stories.” or “I had an aunt. She always told us about her life when she was young.” or “My father knew everything about the people selling animals at the market.” They often said this with nostalgia and kind of sadness that they can’t remember those stories. Interestingly often storytellers were understood as people who tell the stories orally and in front of others, f.e. at the family table.
But that is only half of the story…
Somewhere I read: We are ALL storytellers. Unfortunately I can’t remember where but it is so true. Our life is so full of interesting stories and often we wish to share them. Some people write a book. Some write articles for a magazine. Some tell stories during a dinner when they meet friends. Others make professional movies and record their story. As a teacher I read or tell a story to children. Personally I really like to read autobiographies because they tell the story of an interesting person (Recently of Marcel Reich Ranicki, who is a well known German literature critic and survived the second world war amongst other skills by telling stories.)
There is a new dimension to the storytelling. Everybody is a storyteller but everybody has also to possibilities to record them – Digital Storytelling. Wikipedia says:
Digital storytelling refers to a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to share aspects of their life story. … “Digital storytelling” is a relatively new term which describes the new practice of ordinary people who use digital tools to tell their ‘story’. Digital stories often present in compelling and emotionally engaging formats, and can be interactive.
This week I saw and listen to so many good stories and I’m amazed by the possibilities. It doesn’t have to be a huge and difficult project anymore. Because of the technology development over the past few years everybody can do it. You can choose to work with your laptop, your tablet or your smartphone. But technology is actually just a tool. If you want to go a little bit further then just recording something, follow The 7 elements of Storytelling or 50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story.
Personally I again (like so often during this COETAIL course) feel positively overwhelmed (and stressed?) so I don’t know where to start and whether actually somebody wants to hear my story. I guess I just have to tell the story I have told many times before.
Soon to be continued … Soon one story will be told …