200 short digital stories to peruse

Screenshot of sign on page where livestreaming of TechSoup digital storytellling completition happened: "now offline".Sadly I missed the livestream of the TechSoup 2012 digital storytelling awards last night. But this morning I woke to find the list of #TSdigs 2012 winners announced.

The one-minute digital stories from the winners are mostly pretty slick. They’re like mini TV commercials. Not ads for products but calls for action from pretty big NGOs who are well known and well resourced.

It’s the more humble, quirkier stories that appeal to me. Norton Public Library share 12 things to do in a library by turning the pages of a beautiful, handmade book filled with hand-drawn illustrations and pop-outs. A take on Bob Dylan’s “Subterrenean Homesick Blues” uses flip cards held up by a dozen people sharing what the Alliance Center for Independence does.

The full list of 200 digital stories are still available on YouTube. Amongst these is the “Diversity” entry featuring residents from WCC housing at the Arlington computer hub run by Wellington ICT. I also noticed Amnesty International NZ submitted an entry, but ‘m not sure if there were any other New Zealand entries?

Amidst all the solemnity of the causes featured, there are are lighter moments too. A good thing for a Friday.

PS I couldn’t help sharing a digital story which tickled by sensibilities. You’ll see period costumes from “The Charles Dickens Bicentennial Birthday Ball!” run by the The Period Events and Entertainments Re-Creation Society: