Interactive Storytelling with Twitter is on Storify

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I have long dreamed of running an interactive Twitter storytelling event with a group of strangers in a Melbourne laneway. Last Tuesday night that dream came true.

Laneway Learning, a group of volunteers who make learning, cheap, fun and accessible, hosted the night.  The group who signed up for the evening exceeded all of my hopes as they tapped frantically on their phones, crafting a whole tale in only 30 minutes!

The group took all of the elements of a good plot, and made it better. The story begins when two people decide to meet up for drinks, a tortoise named ‘Dog’ orders a lettuce Martini and hilarity ensues.

The whole story has been uploaded on Storify for all posterity. Click here if you would like to see how it all ends!

Interactive Storytelling with Twitter #LLStory

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Next week at Laneway Learning I will be leading a class using Twitter to explore the concept of interactive storytelling. The class is Tuesday the 10th of June 2014 at 8 pm. It will be possible to join the live interactions by following #LLStory.

I am very excited to see how the story unfolds and who gets involved. It is Twitter, anything is possible!

Check back next week, I will be posting the story on my Storify account!

Context Is Key To Online Communication

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It is important to understand your own point of view. Your version of what you are doing and why may not translate into something that other people can relate to or understand.

Remember that your perception exists within the context of your life. Without proper definition your vision can get lost in fragmented versions of other people’s view of you.

An artist, for example, has to constantly justify their vision with their projects. They begin with explaining what type of media they work in so we can understand how to relate to them. The work of a photographer differs to a sculptors, and viewers approach their work differently.

An artist statement describing the work allows us to understand the artist’s perspective. We now have the tools to understand what someone is trying to say. We have a framework to approach a uniquely presented point of view.

We must never assume that people understand our point of view and understand our vision. Don’t cut corners on educating someone about what you do and why you do it. When you are communicating with someone online or in the real world never forget the critical pieces that will allow people to understand you.

Those pieces are, who you are, what you do and why you do it. Use these components to fashion a story to delight, engage and promote yourself. A well thought out story will sell your view of the world. We are all unique, never assume that someone doesn’t want to hear your story or that it isn’t interesting enough. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and share your passion or why you do what you do!

Experiment with storytelling, be brave you never know what you might come up with. I will be teaching a course at Laneway Learning in Melbourne on Interactive Storytelling with Twitter. Come a long on the 10th of June, there are still spaces left!