"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

28 June 2013

Digital Storytelling with Action for M.E.

For the past couple of months, I've been working with the charity Action for M.E., creating a digital storytelling programme for a group of people in Scotland suffering from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

I'm pleased to announce that the project workshops will begin in July 2013 in Edinburgh and Fort William. Participants will be taught storytelling and video skills to enable them to create their own digital storytelling video. Each video, approximately 3-5 minutes long, will tell a story of their experience with the illness. The videos will then be used by Action for M.E. to raise awareness of the illness.

I am looking forward to working with the participants and with my colleague and film-maker Paul Maguire. Check back in on the site to keep up to date with our progress. We hope the videos will be available for viewing in September 2013. Following on from this project, I will be developing a digital storytelling toolkit based on this experience for others to use.

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"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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