Three years and counting
Here’s how we have used storytelling in the lives of individuals, families, schools, communities, and our country and its outcome over the past three years.
- A FOUNDING FATHER OF A NATION IS HONOURED
Promise – the Bukit Ho Swee Story – as told by 1961 Bukit Ho Swee fire survivor James Seah was screened at the Havelock View Community Party cum Tree Planting Day. The digital story was created to help residents know how Havelock Estate evolved. It also paid tribute to Guest of Honour first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and all who helped turn Singapore from a mud-flat swamp to a metropolis.
- PROFESSIONALS IN THE MARKETPLACE ARE EMPOWERED TO USE STORYTELLING
“It was a delight to meet you and your team. Thanks again for the insightful workshop. The team had a fab time and we all gained a lot from the 4-hour session. All the best.” – Melissa Wong, PGi Senior Vice President, Strategy and Marketing, Asia Pacific Japan
- CONTINUING EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS – What benefited you the most?
Understanding what makes a good digital story… How to tell a story that captivates the audience… Constructing the script… The full experience of putting together a digital story complete with music and audio recording… Learning very practical skills…
- A COMPLETE STRANGER IS MOVED
A member of the public with no prior exposure to digital storytelling stumbled into a workshop just when participants’ stories were being screened during the showcase at the end of a workshop. At the end of the screening of the 15 participants’ stories, she said, “My family and I love to watch Korean dramas. But what you have done here at this workshop is amazing. I can relate to every single story. You should keep making these stories.”
- A CHILD GAINS CONFIDENCE IN SPEAKING
She was a timid and shy eleven-year-old. You would hardly have been able to hear her when she speaks to you. As part of her English lesson, she had to create a digital story combining, writing, reading, speaking and IT. She had so much fun PLAYING with the voiceover recording that she lost all consciousness of herself. By the time she completed her story, she gained confidence and was able to express herself better.
- THE YOUNG AND THE EVERGREENS ARE TALKING TO EACH OTHER
We need more of these intergenerational bridging programmes… and build empathy amongst our youths, and help them learn to honour our seniors. It’s also very comforting I think for the elderly in the way that youths would choose to spend time with them, listening… In our culture, sometimes we value youth too much at the expense of our seniors. – Sarah Lee-Wong, Blogger, Educator, Home-maker
- A MAN GETS IN TOUCH WITH HIMSELF
“Three Great Awakenings was a good opportunity to revisit a chapter of my life that was powerful and pivotal for me. Would I recommend it? Definitely!
Intriguing that it is not just interesting and potentially fun – but also a spiritual exercise, an opportunity to look into one’s heart and to examine one’s life.” – Greg Heskell, Leadership Development, USA (currently based in the Philippines)
- A FATHER RECONECTS WITH HIS FAMILY
when his grown up son (now a father himself) made a digital story about what time spent with his father through his growing up years meant to him
- A PRISON INMATE TAKES A GOOD LOOK AT HIMSELF
“I’m a son, a husband, and a father to my loved ones. I’ve done some things I shouldn’t have done. I want to change for my family who never gives up on me. Making my digital story made me more determined and focused as I remind myself of the promises I made and as I make amends. I look forward to returning to them again. Thank you to DSA team.”