Simon Strömberg heads Unga Berättar (Speaking Youth), a media & democracy centre at the School of Arts in Stockholm, Sweden. There, with 6 colleagues, he works with digital storytelling to bring the voice of young people to where it is most needed -- into policy, governmental and organisational work that will impact their lives. I asked him:
• How did your interest in storytelling — especially digital storytelling -- and storywork begin and how have you used it in your work?
• How can storytelling help to shift our concepts of young people today — especially those at risk or in trouble?
• Media, democracy, education today -- if you had a magic wand, what would they become?
• How does working with digital storytelling work? An example from a recent project.
• What advice would you give others who want to begin to work with digital storytelling and/or media that supports positive social change?
In the interview, Simon mentions the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California (storytcenter.org) and its founder Joe Lambert. Find out more about Speaking Youth here: stockholm.se/ungaberattar. You can reach Simon here: firstname.lastname@example.org