I'm researching how photos, stories and video shape our empathy and
understanding of the "other," particularly for peacebuilding. What digital stories or media have changed your perception of
others - especially people experiencing conflict (both the "good" or
"bad" guys), people you disrespect (e.g., criminals/"enemies"), and the
things which surprised you?

I'd love to share links & examples in a Communication for Peace talk I'm facilitating next week, and track this topic for my own learning. Thanks for sharing your ideas, or your work.

Tags: ICTs, digital, multimedia, stories, storytelling

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I have done some work in this area as have others. You can see some digital stories by refugee and immigrant youth I have worked with at http://www.findingvoiceproject.org/the-work/change-and-the-american.... We used the stories for many purposes but one was to help the general public in Tucson better understand refugees and immigrants in Tucson.

You can view my work with community-based photography at www.joshphotos.com to see various teaching projects, many of which were striving for creating empathy.

The Center for Digital Storytelling would be a good resource as would the organization Creative Narrations.
Josh, thank you, I admire your work. I've launching a beta storytelling for peace site but you're ahead of me, I need collaborators on content & opportunity to do workshops/teaching as you have. More when it's ready for contributions.
I think you are onto something, Carole. I think that the sharing of stories is a major component in supporting peace. I have two resources to offer: one is Living Earth Television at www.LETV.org, where video documentaries by and about local communities worldwide are being translated for international broadcast; the other is a chapter in a book published in October 2009, edited by Leo Rebello, called World Without War. I wrote a chapter called "Global Public Television: a Grassroots Path to Peace," which is in the second volume of this book, available online at http://www.recim.org/stud/Rebello-wwwars2.pdf.
I would love to hear from you - my direct email is MarthaF@LETV.org.
Hi Carole,

I'm trying to do something along these lines with regards to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno Karabakh by focusing on ethnic Armenian-Azeri coexistence in neighboring Georgia:




It's not just stories and photos, though. It's also a look at the way new/social media can assist in conflict transformation.


Onnik, thank you, this is an amazing project. I would love to hear more about how social media can augment or prepare the way for in-person communication (or substitute for it where borders are closed, as some of your project's articles share). E.g., this is a great report: http://www.tol.org/client/article/21135-twitter-diplomacy.html
Dear Carole,

I'm producing a digital story for empathy about China and Japan relations. It's too early in the process to share with you at this time, but there are other digital stories that have shaped my ideas about enmity between China and Japan.

- "Nanking" by Ted Leonsis (see http://nankingthefilm.com/).
- "The Rape of Nanking" by Iris Chang (see http://www.irischangthemovie.com/).
- "Devils on the Doorstep" by Jiang Wen

I'd be really interested in learning more about your work. Please keep us posted if possible!

Go, a Chinese man who emigrated to Canada 3 years ago was baptised in my church this morning, and he shared that he used to hate the Japanese, but through Jesus has started to forgive them.

I highly recommend Miroslav Volf's book on remembrance, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, THE END OF MEMORY: Remembering Rightly In A Violent World.

Carol, If you're interested, I would invite you to www.everythingselfdefense.ning.com to meet martial arts teachers and self-defense instructors who would bring a kind of story-telling to the project you might not find here at PCDN.

Tom Callos
Thanks, Tom
This is very timely Carole. And thanks for the other posts as well. I don't have any stories for you yet, however I am creating a new project for Arab and Jewish youth in Israel which seeks to do exactly what you are researching. I have attached a one-page overview which has a link to a short promo Digital Story. Let's stay in touch. My email is leon.berg@gmail.com.
With best wishes, Leon
Leon, blessings & peace on your project. Do you know Video48, the film production company in Israel which documentaries on Arab/Israeli issues? I met the founder a few years ago. I'd love to work in the region. How do you think webcams in cafes across the Wall would work for people to share a coffee together, maybe an online game?
Carole, I am in the process of a video project (and writing my third book 'Negotiating Shadows') that defines conflict with at-risk youth/people, homeless women, addiction and how it is tied together. The focus is on how these 'others' can be understood by the general public that tends to hold them at arms length or ignores them due to their fear of contact. The story is being told through my own experience surviving addiction and my mothers homelessness. I have a MA in conflict resolution and am a transformative mediator working in the world of restorative justice. My book 'Needs' just got published after a two year research with at-risk youth in juvenile justice and with homeless youth. My web page that gives information on the book, my background, projects, articles published, etc. is www.negotiatingshadows.com Thanks for your work. Grace Eagle Reed


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