Present: James, Alan, Michelle, Gregor, Dana, Jess, Liam
Storytelling to Address Information Gaps
James is going to be using the storytelling tool as one of the tools to raise the voices of young people with learning differences
Their voices are not heard, but there's also an information gap.
In a social justice situation, what information is missing out, what ways can we find that let these young people with learning differences have this information, how can we include them better?
What are some of the information tools that can support the participation of these young people?
Alan: what information gaps are present?
Young people aren't getting the info they need, what is it exactly they've missed?
James: as a young person you need information to participate in education, what do you need to participate with others?
Could be information on sexual and reproductive health
E.g. As a young girl experiencing her first menstrual cycle
What's the definition of young people and learning differences?
Who has the responsibility of taking care of this?
How can we connect the tool in these different contexts?
There are many actors involved in this, including youth organizations
Dana: thanks to James for his feedback on the storytelling tool, prompt questions
We're dealing with people outside of the formal education structure
they may not know how to read and write
they may need a bit of guidance to tell their story Maybe their family is overprotective
"tell me a bit about yourself"
"what do you do", etc
"talk about ..."
Not direct questions, but in hearing about their environment, we can find out other things, but this way we can get direct stories from people at the margins and hear them speak
use question prompts as a feature - GIVE ME A PROMPT feature
promoting critical analysis of storytelling
If a story is written to a prompt, we retain that somehow, if someone else may want to use that same prompt to write their own story
those prompts - when revealed throughout the audience process could also reveal very interesting info from the audience
they may think of a similiar or parallel thing that has happened to them (and they may be able to provide further insight from their experience)
What's the most appropriate time, using standard narrative structure, maybe prompt the writer to fill in questions about what they would do in a certain situation
Story Installments and Tagging
Alan: what are different ways that we could thread different stories together?
What if they wanted to write a story in multiple parts?
Like chapters? Installments?
They might want to segment their story in some way
Discussion from the pinboard implementer about how people use free-tagging to organize their stories
They end up a lot like hashtags on twitter
Should we consider the use of hashtags?
More like an example in this case of a system being used to fill in a shortfall
before we tell them how it was solved in this context
it may reveal all sorts of other methods
which may match the context of the audience but not the protagonist
it could generate a bunch of alternate endings or pathways through the narrative
Story telling and Inclusive Design
James tried to integrate a dimension of inclusive design in the storytelling - comments on the wiki
Dana: taking the three dimensions of inclusive design and applying them to the storytelling
Maybe commenting on the Wiki isn't the best format, perhaps we could take this discussion to the mailing list
James: we want to bring these stories from those who are marginalized into the decision making process, changing the way things are done, the way services are delivered, the way things work in their community
Tracking the feedback mechanism
It's not just sharing stories, young people should feel a motivation that their story will be heard and that something will be done about it
Dana: maybe alert the author that someone has read their story?
(like the sketchbook project https://www.sketchbookproject.com/ - when someone takes your sketchbook out of the travelling library you get an email notification - it’s very satisfying!)
If we want to send emails in this way, we'll need to gather email addresses
Similar systems end up implementing a full user-management system
It might get spammy, would be better to get maybe a weekly digest or every so often
or some tracking on the page that the user could come and look at, a counter
maybe at key intervals (like on international days) we do the reporting piece
and let folks know how others have engaged w their story
like monthy or a few times a year, it might be a nice surprise
but that moves away from value which may be derived from engaging with the people who have seen your story (if the interval is long)
Instead of feeling that your story has gone off into the void, some feedback
Social media share tracker implementations?
A basic "like" button?
Various mechanisms to show that to the author
James: he's seen something called U-Report from UNICEF
It has a dashboard where young people can track users and other things they can quantify into usable data, which they can use to engage with local or community leaders on a particular issue.
We're talking about an encounter with a local leader or a company official, what have you, so we have an exchange
Integration with other Platforms
Can our tool be connected to another platform where different stakeholders can understand and engage and interact with young people?
These systems can feed into each other, the stakeholders in the community we're trying to reach can engage with the young people
how can we make tools user-friendly to different groups?
Integration with other systems: if we build an integration point, we can get a force of magnification by being able to connect to so many other things