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Welcome to the companion website for the 4th Edition of Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community. Thank you for purchasing the book, and for your interest in the methods and practice of the Digital Storytelling model growing out of the Center for Digital Storytelling. Here you will find some additional resources including digital stories mentioned in the book, links to relevant resources and technologies, a storyboard template, and software tutorial guides. 

This work evolves through dialogue and discussion with a larger community of practitioners, researchers, storytellers, and the general public. If you have questions or thoughts about this work, feel free to email me at joe (at) storycenter (dot) org.

Digital Stories


Principle Resource Sites

Center for Digital Storytelling

Berkeley/Denver/Phoenix/Washington D.C./Toronto

The online home of CDS. On our site you can access sample stories created in our workshops, case studies of projects we have partnered with other organizations, links to our other published resources, and information about our offices and workshops around the United States, Canada, and the world.


CDS YouTube Channel

Collection of over 130 stories and growing from the CDS library of stories



Australia/Brazil/Canada/South Africa/Uganda/USA

Digital storytelling in support of healing and violence prevention.


Stories for Change

An online meeting place for digital storytelling facilitators and advocates to share stories and curriculum ideas, and to start dialogs about storytelling.


Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Houston, Texas

An amalgamation of resources on the educational uses of digital storytelling.

Broadcast and Large-scale Institutions

Capture Wales

Cardiff, Wales

Trained by the Center for Digital Storytelling, BBC in Wales/Cymru developed an ongoing program in digital storytelling that has continued to collect hundreds of stories from throughout the country of Wales.


Australian Center for the Moving Image

Melbourne, Australia

A public story showcase with a range of projects working with immigrant and indigenous communities, families facing Alzheimer's disease, and other chronic health issues.


Museum of the Person

São Paulo, Brazil

An oral history program that collects, archives, and exhibits every-day life stories by Brazilians.

CDS Case Studies in Health and Human Services

The Banyan Tree Project 

San Francisco, California

A national community mobilization and social marketing campaign to end the silence and shame surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander (A&PI) communities organized by the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center.


Amplifying Voices

Johannesburg, South Africa

A workshop in Johannesburg for women and men from the Southern African Development Community countries who are especially vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.


HopeLab: Stories by Young Cancer Survivors

San Francisco, California, USA

In collaboration with CDS, HopeLab brought young cancer survivors from across the U.S. to participate in a digital storytelling workshop in order to better understand the needs and interests of young people who have survived cancer.


“Learn From My Story”: Women Confront Fistula in Rural Uganda

Masaka, Uganda

A digital storytelling project for Ugandan women who have experiences with obstetric fistula.


Men as Partners

Johannesburg/Cape Town, South Africa

A promotional project to help involve men in gender equality and HIV/AIDS prevention and care work.


Nurstory: Digital Stories from the Colorado University School of Nursing

Denver, Colorado, USA

Interdisciplinary stories from doctors, nurses, and patients at the Colorado University School of Nursing.


Preparation for Adulthood, Supervising for Success

New York, New York, USA

The Hunter College School of Social Work’s project to bring together current and former foster youth and social workers to share their experiences through digital storytelling.


Y.O.U.T.H. Training Project

California/Hawaii, USA

A project bringing current and former foster youth together to share stories of their lives in order to build leadership, and improve child welfare practice.


Sonke Gender Justice Network

Cape Town/Johannesburg, South Africa

Established in 2006, Sonke has established a growing presence on the African continent and internationally working to create the change necessary for men, women, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. 

CDS Case Studies in Environmental and Social Justice

Cows & Fish: Stories from Canada's Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society

Alberta Province, Canada

A digital storytelling project that documents landowners' stories about their experiences in land management and their relationship with the land.


Ditching Dirty Diesel

Oakland, California

Stories from a San Francisco Bay Area network of grassroots community activists, policy experts, researchers, and advocates working to address the impact of diesel emissions on public health. 


Somali Bantu Refugees Speak

Washington, DC, USA

Digital stories describing the challenges of forced migration, refugee camp life, and eventual resettlement in the U.S.


Adobe Youth Voices

Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The Adobe Foundation invests nearly $8 million per year in the Adobe Youth Voices program, primarily through training, educational resources, and grants.  

CDS Case Studies in K–12 and Higher Ed

Streetside Stories' Tech Tales

San Francisco, California, USA

A partnership between CDS and Streetside Stories that yielded a digital storytelling project involving 300 seventh-graders.


The Welcome Project

Somerville, Massachusetts

This project brings together youth from immigrant families to explore their cultural backgrounds and identify issues that interest or concern them in the community.


Adobe Youth Voices

Launched in June 2006, Adobe Youth Voices is the Adobe Foundation's global signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The Adobe Foundation invests nearly $8 million per year in the Adobe Youth Voices program, primarily through training, educational resources, and grants.  


University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

A digital storytelling training program for University of Maryland's faculty and staff.


Walt Jacob's Class at the University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


Digital Storytelling at Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio, USA


Digital Storytelling at the University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

International Programs

Patient Voices

Cambridge, England

UK-based digital storytelling project in healthcare.



European project to promote youth engagement in the process of Europeanization in the Southern Balkan countries of Boznia-Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia.

More Organizations


Cowbird is an online community of storytellers. Their goal is to build a public library of human experience by experimenting with a new form of participatory journalism, allowing people from all over the world to collaborate in documenting the overarching "sagas" that affect our lives today.



StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition.



Working around the world, but most actively in developing countries, PhotoVoice's mission is to build skills within disadvantaged and marginalized communities using innovative participatory photography and digital storytelling methods so that they have the opportunity to represent themselves and create tools for advocacy and communications to achieve positive social change. 


This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.8 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with around 700,000 people downloading each week.


The Moth

The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth's directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it. 



826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the success of its network of eight writing and tutoring centers (Ann ArborBostonChicagoLos AngelesNew YorkSan FranciscoSeattle and Washington, DC ). 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.


National Writing Project

The NWP is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels, early childhood through university.


Institute for the Future

IFTF is a 45-year-old independent, nonprofit research organization that helps all kinds of organizations make the futures they want. Each year they publish numerous projections and forecasts about prevailing trends in society and technology for diverse sectors including business, education, and health care.


The Photobus

The digital stories, photographs, and tutorials of photographer and storyteller Daniel Meadows.


Zone Zero

Mexico City, Mexico

Pedro Meyer has created a quintessential photography site featuring fascinating work from around the world.


TechSoup [www.techsoup.org]
Nonprofit resource for digital media projects large and small, access to low-cost software for nonprofits.

Creative Commons [www.creativecommons.org]
Links to the numerous public source media, images in flickr, music from Jamendo, video from archive.org, etc.

Casting Words [www.castingwords.com]
An online transcription service.

Free Music Archive [http://freemusicarchive.org/]
Archive of public domain and Creative Commons licensed songs managed with a curatorial approach.

Downloadable resources

About the CDS

Since 1993, the Center for Digital Storytelling has been supporting people in sharing meaningful stories from their lives through group process and participatory media creation. Their programs support people in sharing and bearing witness to stories that lead to learning, action, and positive change.

Learn more about the CDS’s work at their site:www.storycenter.org