Digital Storytelling using Story and Empathy


For this theme you are to create a compelling story that uses narrative. Telling a story can heighten our understanding of something. Based on facts but delivered with empathy and skill, a story can impart a 'complex idea in a more memorable and meaningful way' (pg 103).

"Stories are easy to remember - because in many ways, stories are how we remember" Pink pg 101

"What begins to matter more is the ability to place these facts in context and to deliver them with emotional impact". Pink pg 103

"...stories can provide - context enriched by emotion, a deeper understanding of how we fit in and why that matters". Pink pg 115

"Empathy is the ability to imagine yourself in someone else's position and to intuit what that person is feeling". Pink pg 159

A digital story based on the concept of story and empathy could focus on 'A Day in the life' of a person or organisation as part of your topic. It could also be based on a personal story or stories on a theme.
Consider these guiding questions:
  • Can you find a good story related to your topic? Can you create a good story related to your topic?
  • What is the important message or feeling being told in the story?
  • Can you imagine yourself in the story? How does it feel? What would you be doing and saying?
  • How can you create this story using multimedia to help the audience to understand the concepts better?
  • How important is the multimedia? How important is the narration?