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Digital Commonwealth vision

The ambition of the Digital Commonwealth project is to enhance the capacity of individuals and groups to use freely available mobile digital (and social) media tools and techniques to ensure their voices are heard in a saturated (and often commercially) motivated media landscape. The Digital Commonwealth project focuses on lowering the threshold for involvement for individuals and groups so that they can be empowered to exploit creative tools and technologies to tell their stories, digitally. The project reaches out to individuals and groups experiencing social, cultural or economic marginalization, whether related to age, ethnicity, poverty, disability or social isolation.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games provides a unique opportunity to enable (and support) individuals and communities to explore and articulate their own stories. The Games bring attention to issues of global citizenship and identity as a focal point at this important point in Scotland’s history and the project provides a space for a conversation to take place (and be recorded) that includes individuals and communities less well represented in mainstream media narratives. The project activities delivered will develop the foundational skills, capabilities and confidence in the ‘unvoiced’ to ensure they can make a digital media contribution in the lead up to, during, and after the Games.

Digital Commonwealth activities

The Digital Commonwealth project will realise its vision by creating:

Four community media clusters in the North East, the East, the Central West and the South West delivering community media cafes and digital storytelling workshops focused on audio, video, blogging and social media. It will also facilitate a number of community media cluster meet-ups across Scotland

A schools programme involving primary and secondary learners from across Scotland’s 32 local authorities, delivering in-school workshops on digital storytelling using audio, video, blogging and social media with supporting hard and e-copy learning materials

Three creative voice projects (documentary film, creative writing & community songwriting) involving participatory workshops and benefitting individuals and groups in four areas around University of the West of Scotland campuses (Dumfries, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire).

A community reporting initiative for the Queen’s Baton Relay, involving individual beneficiaries and project partners, showcasing the rich tapestry of Scotland’s response to the Commonwealth Games and hosted on a specially designed and archived website.

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