Changing the Culture of Care

March 6th, 2012

Last week we started a new project with the Colorado Culture Change Coalition, a community of dedicated individuals interested in transforming the culture of the long term care continuum. Culture Change is big these days, as every single one of us is getting older (like it or not), and will most likely come into contact with long term care, whether it’s us or someone we love. So in order to help encourage and promote culture change, we’re working with long term care facility employees to help them tell stories of the difference that culture change has meant to them, or why and how and when culture change they knew that culture change was needed. Those caretakers will then go and help residents at their facilities tell stories about culture change and how they are or are not cared for.

The stories will go out to every single long term care facility in the state as well as be featured in a public screening. Eventually, we hope to distribute the stories to facilities nationwide in order to encourage culture change across the field. Funding for the project actually came from penalties assessed by the Culture Change Accountability Board to facilities not providing ethical patient care, so there’s a meaningful restorative justice component to this project as well.

Behold, the stories:

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Digital storytelling takes a stand

January 19th, 2011

Last semester, Dr. Kayann Short, a professor at CU Boulder and a digital storytelling facilitator with CDS, ran a semester-long class with students activists. Each of them made their own stories and then worked with elder activists in the Boulder community to make their stories in a one-day intensive format. A short documentary was made about the process. Watch it:

http://www.vimeo.com/18962024

The video was also part of collection of stories being gathered by the Boulder Library’s Oral History department.

More stories can be seen there, here are two from the project:

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See us do.

October 2nd, 2010

In May 2010, we conducted a workshop at the University of Colorado with the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Known worldwide for its focus on caring and reflective practice, Sue Hagedorn and Vicki Erickson from the University, in conjunction with recruitment from IAFN, brought together nurses from around the country for the workshops. The workshops were facilitated by Daniel Weinshenker and Mary Ann McNair from the Center for Digital Storytelling.

Film-maker Sue Hagedorn captured the entire workshop on video and then edited a short-form documentary out of the footage and various interviews with the storytellers.  The result is one of the first documentaries that highlights the work of the Center for Digital Storytelling, the intricacies of what happens during the workshop process instead of just the end-products that are made in the workshop.

http://www.vimeo.com/15496147

New stories up from the Nurstory Project!

May 22nd, 2010

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We just finished conducting a workshop at the University of Colorado with the International Association of Forensic Nurses. Known worldwide for its focus on caring and reflective practice, Sue Hagedorn and Vicki Erickson from the University, in conjunction with recruitment from IAFN, brought together nurses from around the country for the workshops. The workshops were facilitated by Daniel Weinshenker and Mary Ann McNair from the Center for Digital Storytelling. This was the third workshop in a three-part series to be run at the University of Colorado Anschutz Center. Future workshops will focus on interdisciplinary stories (nurses and doctors, doctors and patients). This project focused on how certain patients affected the storyteller’s identity as a nurse, or changed their practice, and sometimes how experiences from their life outside of nursing affected the way they think about caring.

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Here this! – Youth Foundation/Guardian Scholars stories now online

February 5th, 2010

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In January, 2010, we went up to Edwards, CO for the second time to work with The Youth Foundation and the Guardian Scholars program to help former foster youth and children of undocumented migrant workers tell and share their stories. The Youth Foundation provides and supports programs that serve economically disadvantaged youth from pre-school through college. The common theme in all of the Youth Foundation’s efforts is jumping in to not only keep kids from “falling through the cracks,” but lift them up through education, sports and opportunities that promote character development…like digital storytelling. Some of the youth they work with receive full ride scholarships to go to college from the Guardian Scholars program. These are the people we had the chance to spend the weekend with.

Here are their stories.

Immigration Stories – online now

December 16th, 2009

We just finished an amazing workshop with Coloradans for Immigrant Rights – a project of the American Friends Service Committee. The storytellers were both recent immigrants as well as people who have worked for immigrants rights as allies in this process and struggle. The stories were raw and powerful and real.

The result was a packed house at The Bug Theater on Dec 16th for a screening of all the stories and a discussion afterward with all the storytellers. We have DVDs of the stories available for purchase, the proceeds going to the creation of a discussion guide to go with the stories. If interested, please contact Daniel Weinshenker (daniel at milehighstories dot com).

You can watch the stories here
Click on Immigration Stories on the right hand side.

KGNU Denver/Boulder also ran a story on the project today (Dec 16th) on Morning Magazine.
Listen to the story
here.

Digital Stories on Colorado Public Radio

August 5th, 2009

Tomorrow (Aug 6th), a few of the stories we’ve done with women from the
Women’s Bean Project will be on Colorado Public Radio!

They’ll have Pam Free on Morning Edition at about 6:30 and 8:30; Lori Griffing on Colorado Matters, at about 10:25 and again on the evening  show at 7:25 and then Lisa Germany on All Things Considered at 5:30.

Listen up!!!

PS – If you want to watch the full digital stories with video, you can do so here.

PPS – Or you can listen to how they sounded on CPR here:

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Lori Griffing

Pam Free

Windcrest Stories are Online

March 10th, 2009

Just wanted to let everyone know that the senior citizen stories from Windcrest (a retirement community in South Denver) are up here.  These stories are a great way to think about doing oral histories with the senior population.  We worked one-on-one with residents at Windcrest to put together these stories and document experiences they’ve had that they wanted to share.

This workshop was funded by Retirement Living TV and was the second workshop in a series of workshops of this kind. The first workshop was led by students from UMBC (Univ of Maryland Baltimore County) in a service learning initiative where new media students went into a local retirement community to work with seniors.  Those stories won a Telly Award and can be found here.

Digital Storytelling in the Denver Post

January 12th, 2009

Digital storytelling was profiled in the Denver Post this weekend.

Although it’s just a snippet, we appreciate the exposure.

Bring on the New York Times, if it’s still around….

Stories of Jewish Resilience

January 12th, 2009

In November we conducted a workshop at the Mizel Museum in Denver for their current exhibit entitled Stories of Resilience.  It was a unique workshop in that we actually worked with 20 participants (ten storytellers and ten helpers, most of whom had never taken our workshop before).  The multi-generational dialogue to the workshop lent it a different flavor and helped to form a cohesive community of story sharing.

There were two holocaust survivors in the group, a rabbi talking about life post stroke, an activist and a survivor of rape, among other participants with powerful stories to tell and share.

Stories of Resilience was shaped by the knowledge that each of us have participated in life-altering experiences. The 3-day workshop at the Mizel Museum was conceived as part of an exploration and interpretation of resilience from the perspective of the storyteller. At different points on life’s journey, we have faced decisions and choices that shifted values, self-perceptions, world view, attitudes, and actions. Framed within the context of resilience, the workshop focuses on the life-changing events to create a narration of how those perceptions were altered in the participant’s lives.

The Mizel Museum believes the process of digital storytelling will become an integral, and captivating permanent addition to their exhibit space.

The stories can be viewed (one per month) here
or in a series at the museum.