On 10 August 2010, our article Telling the Singapore Story was published in the Today papers. What a honour to be cited by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day (ND) Rally Speech when he launched the Singapore Memory Project. It is not often you get such affirmation. Many stories… One Singapore was the theme of 2013’s National Day. That’s like a pat on the back to inspire us all the more to continue what we do …empower ordinary people and to effect positive change in society through the telling of personal stories.
A well crafted story has the power to evoke emotions and empathy. Individual stories, however, do not always explain the wider context of the story. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. The 50 one-minute stories created in celebration of Singapore's 50th birthday give voice to the Persons with Special Needs community. These stories come from special needs children, their families, caregivers, alumni, caregivers, teachers and volunteers. How is your community or organisation telling your stories? Could Collective Stories better present the needs and challenges that your organisation is addressing? Digital Storytelling offers quick and cost-effective way of creating many stories for your social media platforms. Here are four stories to whet your appetite on how collective stories can break the stereo types we sometimes embrace about certain people groups. Making Other Smile by Kweh Jia Xuan (a person with special accomplishments) I Still Choose Her by Mrs Helen Tan (a mother's story) Anything is Possible by Ang Yi Xian (an overcomer's story) Plan B by Hay Qing Hui (an alumni's success story) Tyros is proud to support the Persons with Special Needs community by training APSN educators in storytelling and through the creation of these 50 stories. The individual stories can be watched at TyrosSG@Facebook.
As told by James Seah, survivor of the 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire Wikipedia describes it as "comparable to the London Fire" (though smaller in size)... 16,000 people lost their homes... A nation is built on PROMISES. kept. The story is a tribute to Mr Lee Kuan Yew, first Prime Minister of Singapore and all those who sacrificed to make Singapore what she is today. Commissioned by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens' Consultative Committee First screened at the Havelock View Community Party cum Tree Planting Day on 4 November 2012. Guest of Honour: Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Created by Angeline Koh
What others say about us Pam Sykes Digital Storytelling Facilitator / Journalist South Africa Transcript I'm Pam Sykes. I'm a digital storyteller from South Africa. It's been such a privilege to meet Angeline Koh at the Sixth International Digital Storytelling Conference. I have been so impressed by the work she is doing in Singapore and very inspired. Angeline is really doing some ground breaking global work in digital storytelling and I look forward to maybe working with her some day.
What others say about us Fran Stoddard Multimedia Producer / Host Burlington, Vermont, USA Transcript My name is Fran Stoddard. I'm a Multimedia Producer / Host at Burlington, Vermont, in the USA. I was so impressed by Angeline's story. Not only is she a fabulous storyteller... Her helping people recognise how important story is, how that can be important to understanding one's own heritage, own country and where a country is going is what story is all about. And she's clearly a leader in this. We're so excited to have her here in the States. She gave a fabulous presentation. Thank you for sending her here and hopefully for sending her to other places to inspire others.
"Char Kway Teow – a common dish found in the hawker centres of Singapore. There is char kway teow that simply satisfies your craving. And then, there's char kway teow that transports you back to a time long passed..." Char Kway Teow, not just a popular dish but one that transports Chiew Lian back to her growing up years. A digital story by Chua Chiew Lian, facilitated at a Tyros (formerly Digital Storytelling Asia) workshop, Singapore, 28-30 Oct 2011.