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Video: Alternatives to Violence

20 Dec

“ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE CONTINUE TO BE MY LIFE’S WORK,” says Jean Gore, who on December 11, 2010, was the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center’s award for “Lifetime Commitment for Peace and Justice.”

Born in 1925, Jean Gore says that trying to make things better in the world has been a way of life for her.  In particular, she has spent much of her life trying to create a culture of peace internationally–through work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Peace Brigades in Central America; and the Reading to End Racism program in Boulder; to name just a few of her dozens of involvements over many decades.

Earlier this year, Ms. Gore created a short video with students in Kayann Short’s “Activist Archive Digital Storytelling Project,” a service learning project for Dr. Kayann Short’s course, “Innovative Approaches to Contemporary Issues through Service.”  You can view the video, “Alternatives to Violence,” here or on the Boulder Library’s YouTube channel.

The oral history program also has four interviews with Ms. Gore in our oral history digital archive.

Lost and Found: A family love story

29 Sep

LATE THIS SUMMER, eight Boulder Library staff members had the honor and pleasure of spending three intensive days learning the methodology of digital storytelling as taught by Daniel Weinshenker and Kayann Short from the Center for Digital Storytelling.  Staff members learned to create short, first-person video narratives by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. The experience was deeply moving and meaningful for all involved, not to mention a huge opportunity to improve professional skills.

If you would like to see more about what digital storytelling is all about, I invite you to watch the five-minute video I made during the workshop, which is titled “Lost and Found.” It tells about my own family history in relation to my job as the oral history program manager.

If you’d like to see more digital stories, you can visit www.storiesforchange.net. Continue reading

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