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Co-Creative Communities: Storytelling Futures for Community Arts and Media

Overview

Co-Creative Communities took place at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Federation Square, Melbourne, on 8 November 2012.

The forum brought together storytellers, broadcasters, filmmakers, artists, activists, cultural workers and researchers to discuss the challenges and opportunities that digital convergence and participatory media present for communities.

Co-Creative Communities was graciously opened with a Welcome to Country from Aunty Joy Murphy. The day was moderated by Professor Deb Verhoeven.

Session 1: Broadcast Yourself?

What is the role of public service and community broadcasters in an era of user-made media? How can they use new media to maximise opportunities for community development and engagement? And how might they work with community arts and cultural development organisations to improve access and creative participation? Find out how public and community media innovators are responding to the challenges, changes and potential of digital media.

Sue Schardt

Sue Schardt

Michael Torres

Michael Torres

Kath Letch

Kath Letch

Indu Balachandran

Indu Balachandran

Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven

Session 2: Impact Effects Evaluation

How do you best use participatory media for community development and social change? And how do you evaluate its success or impact? Leading researchers, practitioners and activists discuss the different models and best practice principles for working with communities to help tell their stories and creative positive change.

Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Mimi Pickering

Mimi Pickering

Andrew Lowenthal

Andrew Lowenthal

Carl Kuddell

Carl Kuddell

Lachlan MacDowall

Lachlan MacDowall

Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven

Session 3: Platforms & Publics

Who are the audiences for co-creative media? And how are we reaching and developing them? In this panel we explore how arts and media organisations are connecting with communities across new platforms, and with what success. We consider some of the pros and cons of using third-party social media and developing independent purpose-built platforms. And we look at the implications of next generation broadband for the community arts and media sectors.

Norm Horton

Norm Horton

Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess

Colin Griffith

Colin Griffith

Helen Simondson

Helen Simondson

Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven

Session 4: Storytelling Futures

First person storytelling is more popular and circulating across more platforms than ever before. And new technologies have transformed how we find, tell and interact with stories. In this session we consider the enduring appeal of storytelling, the role of the storyteller and storytelling institutions in a changing media landscape, and the importance of community-based storytelling.

Scott Rankin

Scott Rankin

Elias Nohra

Elias Nohra

Jesse Cox

Jesse Cox

Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven

Summary & Close

Brad Haseman

Brad Haseman

Christina Spurgeon

Christina Spurgeon

Credits

Co-Creative Communities: Storytelling Futures for Community Arts and Media was part of a national investigation into the role of community arts and media in propagating population-wide capacity for creative expression and communication. It was supported by the Australian Research Council's Linkage with Industry program, as well as the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Goollari Media Enterprises, Queensland Community Television (31 Digital), and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. The research team was led by Dr Christing Spurgeon, Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology, and included researchers from QUT, Swinburne University of Technology and Curtin University

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