Digital Storytelling with Fife Young Carers

fife young carers

A what it says on the tin post: Digital Storytelling with Fife Young Carers

This started about a month ago. I met up with a group of Young Carers from Fife with the aim of working on posters and other ways of awareness raising and ways of reaching to the ‘hidden carers’ that we know exist.

Part of the day was spent setting up a blog and I’m happy to say they are still using it. If you go over there you’ll see another output from the day –  a prototype for a viral video (posted above) based around a story they wrote together. They’ve used the blog to document their follow up session where they developed storyboards for a revised version of the film.

I’ll be catching up with them soon to continue work on this a related projects – can’t wait!

Please visit their site and offer some encouragement!

Apps we used: Toon Camera; Flipagram; iMovie (iOS) and Instant Rec.


Right place at the Right time.

Four days old and this video already has over two million hits on YouTube – all for being in the right place in the right time.

On face value there’s the drunkenness…

But it’s also a visualisation of serendipity in the design process. Eh!?
Stick with me… but first watch the film, it’s just two minutes.

First there’s the story…

Let’s pretend the film is about services. Servicesparticularly health and social services, can be tough for people to navigate – at times they may even appear to be inaccessible – ‘fenced off’.
In the film we see one service user struggling with a fence. Then another user comes along (an expert user) – this one is more savvy. He’s familiar with the system and skilled at identifying a way though. He also did his bit by showing the person struggling a new way through.

Clearly we can learn from these people.

But how do we find them?
Well, there is another person in the film that we should think about. People who design services should be like the person in the film that we don’t actually see – the person holding the camera. They’re far enough away to see the bigger picture but curious enough to zoom in on the detail. Through this film they set out to documented users struggling with a problem – the fence. But in doing this they accidentally captured a solution – or perhaps a more complex problem?!

Either way, they couldn’t have predicted the observation and they now have evidence of an existing work-around in use.

The problem/solution isn’t my concern for now – what we can take from this is that being in the right place at the right time can help us understand problems more clearly. Maybe reframe questions or identify reasonable solutions.

The right place at the right time. Serendipity.

a bear in the right place at the right time

Of course, we can’t possibly know when a serendipitous insight like this will occur. But, like the bear, we often aware of the best place to position ourselves.

Are you optimised for serendipity?

And serendipity is not exclusive to observation. We can simulate some of the conditions of being-in-the-right-place-right-time by looking at problems differently: empathy (putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes); storyboarding; prototyping; body-storming – all of these methods can help us look at a problem from another point of view and think differently.

Have you experience of being in the right place at the right time?
What was the impact?

Did you get over two million hits on YouTube?!