News for October 2010

1. Getting Dengue Fever

Dengue mosquito

SYNOPSIS: People who have been affected by dengue fever or Ross river fever share their story about the experience.

RATIONALE: Dengue fever and Ross River fever affects people living in and visiting tropical areas of the world including North Queensland. People want to know more about this potentially fatal mosquito-transmitted disease and how to prevent infection. People who have been affected by dengue fever have stories to share.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require victims of mosquito related diseases, researchers and scientists to tell their stories.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements, hospitals, universities, health centres, social media networks and internet communities. During the summer season dengue is a hot topic.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: This story may require interacting with story contributors in their own home and in areas where mosquitoes may be present, therefore mosquito repellant, appropriate clothing, and a 4WD is required if contributors live in remote areas. For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text, image, audio and video media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) and include maps of dengue hot zones.

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional, national and international audiences including travellers to the tropics, school children, health organisations, etc.

ADDITIONAL USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/social network relating to dengue fever, including pictures of mosquito larvae in their area and different ideas for how to prevent being bitten by a dengue mosquito (like wearing light coloured clothing).

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Science, health, insects, dengue, mosquitoes…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: Jeff and Pat are a local couple who were affected by and survived dengue fever. They proudly tell me they have mastered sending and receiving emails and that ‘using computers isn’t that scary when you get the hang of it.’ Both are enthusiastic about learning how to creating and upload multimedia stories, especially if they can share stories with friends and family. We talked about dengue mosquitoes and recorded our conversation using the microphone of a camera. Next, I will teach them how to edit their story and prepare it for uploading to the internet.

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Jeff and Pat, dengue survivors.

Listen to a raw recording of their story: Getting Bitten excerpt.

INTERESTING LINKS: Recent ABC report, QLD health, wikipedia.

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Posted: October 8th, 2010
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2. The rise of the Green Voter

The rise of the Green Voter

SYNOPSIS: Over the years people have become more aware of our impact on the environment and this awareness permeates many aspects of our society including decision making when voting for government. This story explores the increase in numbers of environmentally-conscious voters and why this is happening.

RATIONALE: People are interested in Green Voter’s in rural areas especially regarding people who vote Green in agricultural and mining-based electorates.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require a mix of contributors including the general public, politicians, environmental scientists and industry members to tell their stories.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements and messages to agriculture and mining communities, members of electorate divisions, universities, social media networks and environmentally focussed internet communities.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: This story may require a combination of audio interviews (podcasts are efficient to produce and protect the identity of the contributor/voter) and a forum or blog for live debates as a community of contributors would add strength and integrity to the story. A workshop may need to be held in agricultural and mining areas to educate people how to develop and contribute media for this story. For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and debated on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text and audio media will allow contributors to share their opinions anonymously. Video and image media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) prompting interaction with the story.

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional and national audiences who are politically and environmentally aware.

ADDITIONAL USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/forum social network relating to green voters and environmental politics and could include discussions about policies, myths and more.

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Green votes, politics, environment, triple bottom line…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: We could begin by contacting Jenny Stirling (Federal Senate for the Greens) or Dr Mike Rubenach (Federal Electorate for the Greens) in the Herbert electorate.

INTERESTING LINKS: Wilderness Society News, Herbert Electorate (Greens)

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Posted: October 8th, 2010
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3. Science Rhymes

Celia Berrell, Science Rhymes

SYNOPSIS: Celia Berrell is on a mission to impart science knowledge through rhyming verse. A poet, a teacher and an entertainer wrapped in one neat package.

RATIONALE: Parents and teachers are always seeking creative ways to educate their children. Subjects such as science, maths and physics delivered in an entertaining format help children remember facts.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require Celia Berrell and others who use creative forms of media to teach maths and science to share her story.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements, writing groups, schools, social media networks and internet communities.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: This story requires interacting with Celia Berrell, helping her put together different media used to tell her story. For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text, image, audio and video media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be created and made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.)

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional, national and international audiences including school children, other poets, writer’s groups, etc.

USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/social network relating to educating children through creative writing.

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Science, poetry, education…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: Celia Berrell.

INTERESTING LINKS: Science Rhymes.

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Posted: October 8th, 2010
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4. Mr and Mrs Military

Mr and Mrs Military

SYNOPSIS: This story explores what it’s like to be a spouse of a soldier, or even a police officer, where loved ones can be put in life threatening situations?

RATIONALE: Because North Queensland has a large military base Mr and Mrs Military would encourage contributors from the region to produce stories showing an insight into the lives of Australians at war. And because the topic of war and family is continually debated around the world this story idea would generate interest from regional, national and international audiences to interact on a hotly debated topic.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require families with members who work in the military to share their stories.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements, and contacting military bases, armed services support groups, veterans groups, RSL, social media networks and internet communities.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: This story may require interacting with storytellers in their own home. Although the key values of the ABC are honesty, fairness, independence and respect, this story may be screened by the Australian Defence Force and particular story contributors may not disclose all facts for their story. For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text, image, audio and video media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be created and made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.)

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional, national and international audiences especially those whose family is involved with the military.

USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/social network relating to life in the military and life as a member of a family whose members may be in the military. Politicians and peace-activists may also generate content.

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Military, army, families affected by war…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: We could begin by contacting the army base and the local RSL.

INTERESTING LINKS: Australian military families.

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5. Cyclone season

Cyclone season

SYNOPSIS: Experts are tipping this cyclone season to be the most destructive. What do people think about the cyclone season? What stories do people have about their experiences with cyclones and how are they preparing for this season?

RATIONALE: Every few years major cyclones threaten the livelihoods of Australians. This story may help audiences understand what people go through who live in a cyclone prone region and share different ideas and experiences of how to prepare for and survive cyclones.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require any person in the regional community to share their stories about their experiences with cyclones.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements, community newspapers, social media networks and internet communities.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: This story may require interacting with storytellers in their own home. Archival footage and photographs would add greatly to the story and audio recordings will help portray the destructive nature and experience of being caught in a cyclone.  For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text, image, audio and video media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be created and made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.)

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional, national and international audiences, including people and groups interested in storms and weather.

USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/social network relating to storms and weather. Links to meteorology sites and sites with tales of survival will add to the online community.

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Cyclones, storms, weather…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: Every neighbour seems to have a story about a cyclone experience. There is also a farming family near Innisfail that experienced the full force of Cyclone Larry, who may share their story.

INTERESTING LINKS: Bureau of meteorology, Australia’s worst cyclones, Cyclone maps for the Southern Hemisphere, How to prepare for a cyclone.

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6. Dreams and memories

SYNOPSIS: This story idea explores the dreams of young Australians juxtaposed against the memories of senior Australians.

RATIONALE: Australian youth have dreams inspired by sporting and music heros, politicians and their parents. Australian seniors have memories, some of the best and worst times in life. This story contrasts the passion of youth with the wisdom of age – two elements of life that often come crashing together during the mid-life crisis.

NOTES: It would be interesting to get grandparents to interview their grandchildren about their dreams and grandchildren to interview their grandparents about their memories. For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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7. Waiting for the train

SYNOPSIS: This story investigates public transport (and energy consumption) with a focus on trains.

RATIONALE: Regional towns are growing to a point where the local community often debates whether or not to install a train system or light rail like in metropolitan areas. There are also old train stations still present in North Queensland towns, each with it’s own history.

NOTES: For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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8. Killer venom

SYNOPSIS: This story requires contributors in North Queensland to discuss the venomous animals that inhabit the region. Scientific facts can be contributed by venom expert Dr Jamie Seymour and other local experts.

RATIONALE: Australia is known for it’s dangerous animals. Many documentaries are made about them and enjoyed by viewers around the world, but how much do the locals really know? What local stories about snakes and spiders and jellyfish are out there? Scientists want people to be aware of their work and the venoms animals sharing the neighbourhood. Members of the community are usually always interested in this topic.

NOTES: For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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EXAMPLE: During the original round of offers for ABC Open regional producer I asked Dr Jamie Seymour if he would like to create a story about Irukandji jellyfish. After having a chat and recording an interview Jamie supplied photos and I put together a series of videos about Irukandji.

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9. Life without coffee

SYNOPSIS: The coffee culture in Australia is booming. This story encourages contributors to investigate why, including their favourite way to drink coffee and what life would be like without coffee.

RATIONALE: The number of coffee drinkers increase every year. Cafe’s are popping up everywhere and people are becoming fussy about the types of beans used and what makes a ‘good cup of coffee’.

NOTES: For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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10. Minke men

SYNOPSIS: Townsville has one of the world’s leading Minke Whale research teams. Minke man is an intimate portrayal of one of the researchers.

RATIONALE: Whales often feature in marine documentaries and tourists come from all over the world to see whales off the coast of Queensland. International debate about whaling hits the headlines every year. It would be great to see a contributor share their personal and intimate point of view on this topic.

NOTES: I have contacts with the Minke research team. For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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11. My 4WD and me

SYNOPSIS: This story idea focusses on 4WD owners of North Queensland.

RATIONALE: North Queensland has a large percentage of 4WD owners who use their vehicle for tasks such as fishing, camping, mining, pigging, and more. In this story we meet North Queensland 4WD owners and find out why they love their 4WD’s.

NOTES: I used this idea for my story example. For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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EXAMPLE: My brother offered to help by contributing a story when hearing about my bid for the ABC Open producer position. We set up a microphone and recorded his story then went through his photo collection to find pictures that compliment his story.

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12. Cane toads, cockroaches and other pests

SYNOPSIS: There are many ‘pests’ in the tropics. This story idea encourages contributors to share their experiences with these pests.

RATIONALE: Many sea-changers who move to North Queensland from colder climates quickly find out they cannot leave food out on the bench and don’t understand why most North Queenslander’s are comfortable sharing their home with ‘creepy-crawlies’. This is a fun and educational way to explore this topic.

NOTES: Lots of pictures and sound recordings required for this story! For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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13. The little things

THIS STORY IDEA IS PART OF MY IDEAS PITCH REQUIRED FOR THE INTERVIEW.

When doing something new it’s always good to start simple.

THE GOAL of an ABC Open producer is to equip the community with skills required to create, collaborate and share stories online and to build a network of story contributors.

THE CHALLENGE is to engage the community and encourage the production of online content.

THE STRATEGY is to provide the region with a multimedia producer and an online platform (http://open.abc.net.au) to help, encourage and facilitate the development of locally produced content.

With these things in mind I have developed the story idea: The little things.

SYNOPSIS: This story idea encourages contributors to produce a diverse range of stories about the little things that people appreciate in life – from watching a sunset to collecting tea pots to the secret ingredient in home made secret sauce.

RATIONALE: People are naturally curious about others and about themselves. This story will highlight and contrast the simple things and basic values in the lives of Australians. More importantly, this story is a simple vehicle to educate the community about sharing stories online and will help build a network of contributors.

The little things accomplishes the following:

  • Educates the community about online storytelling and ABC Open
  • Accommodates the different levels of storytelling skills in the community
  • Teaches multimedia production skills to suit each contributors learning pace
  • Encourages networking and collaboration on collective topics
  • Defines and grows stories that Australians are interested in
  • Accommodates the interests of everyone in the community
  • Builds a database and network of story contributors

The little things is a simple concept that allows a storyteller to focus on developing online storytelling skills. Simultaneously storytellers will be contributing to a canvas of stories highlighting the basic values of all Australians by sharing a little thing that they appreciate about life.

THE BASIC RULE FOR GENERATING INTERACTION ONLINE

There are two main reasons people use the internet: Information and entertainment. A website needs to provide it’s audience with information and entertainment for the audience to feel that the website has something of value. When an audience feels they are getting value from a website they will interact.

Information + Entertainment = Value + Interaction.

Therefore, a storyteller needs to produce online content which provides information and entertainment that an audience will find valuable. The beauty of search engines and web 2.0, is that like-minded people who have values and interests similar to a storyteller can interact with the storyteller’s online story.

Through natural selection, stories which get a lot of attention will grow exponentially and stories with little interaction will drift off to be archived. This encourages storytellers to continue to improve their multimedia production and storytelling skills so as to create engaging content for their audience. And because the little things is about something that is important to them, a storyteller will enjoy the experience of developing their story online and finding different ways to connect and engage their audience. It’s a nice feeling to have people react to your story and this encourages you to create more stories.

Because the ABC Open team can see what little things Australians are interested in, we can collaborate with storytellers and their audience by feeding and prompting interaction through our own story productions, discussions and workshops relating to the little things, and can even link to ABC news stories relating to the topic chosen by the storyteller, and vice versa. This will help develop and grow the online storytelling community and keep momentum for the ABC Open project.

NURTURING GROWTH, CREATION AND COLLABORATION

Ideally I want to develop a network of local online storytellers. Like any social entrepreneur I want to be able to connect members of the community who have complimenting storytelling skills to collaborate and contribute on different storytelling projects.

To begin, I will interact with creative groups in the community (writers, filmmakers, artists, musicians, community speaking groups, the university etc.) and use the little things story idea as a vehicle to test and develop their multimedia production and online storytelling skills, which I will encourage them to develop at a pace they are comfortable with.

I will inform people that the ABC Open project equips members of the community with the knowledge and skills required to share their story online, and that they will be able to learn how to do so at their own pace.

When learning a new skill it is always good to start with baby steps. Workshops, presentations, online resources (such as a blog/forum) and one-on-one lessons will help educate members of the community how to bring their story online. To start, I will teach enthusiastic storytellers in the community how to:

  • Set up a blog
  • Create and add text
  • Link to social media networks
  • Create and add images
  • Create and add audio slideshows
  • Create and add video

…using different resources available in their homes and around the community, including equipment and software, to create, collaborate and share stories about the little things they appreciate in life. Over time I will be able to encourage members of the community to educate and train others in online storytelling skills.

I can also collaborate with the ABC North Queensland team to encourage the community to produce content for, and interact with, team member’s web pages. For instance, last week Paula Tapiolas of the Morning Show interviewed soldiers regarding Exercise Hamel, the ABC Open story Mr and Mrs Military would compliment Paula’s interview and vice versa. After listening to the story about snakes on the Breakfast Show presented by Pat Hession I would collaborate to contact the interviewee, Gavin Kreisel, and encourage an ABC Open story collaboration for the ABC Open topic Killer Venom.

REGARDING CONTENT CREATION RESOURCES

In most cases I will find out what equipment and software is available to each community member or group and work out what is the best way to share their story. If they have access to the internet (including local libraries) I will show them how to use cloud computing software (blogs etc.) to produce their stories. There is a lot of free and cheap multimedia production tools available to the community and hopefully, with a little encouragement, members in the community will network, grow and help each other to create stories and become storytellers.

REGARDING DISTRIBUTION

Blogging, social networking (Facebook, twitter, etc.) and liquid content are great ways to create, collaborate and share stories online. As long as storytellers adhere to ABC policies we can mix, match, swap and share ABC Open produced content (such as the little things stories) all around the internet and feature the best produced stories on the ABC network.

STORY EXAMPLES FOR THE LITTLE THINGS

I asked a few locals about the little things they appreciate in life to brainstorm examples of potential online story growth.

Cheese – A blog about Maria’s love for cheese can generate stories including people’s recipes, people who make home-made cheese and stories about the lives of dairy farmers. This ABC Open story can compliment the ABC’s food and lifestyle categories.

The sound of a harvester – A blog about a boy who enjoys sounds on the farm can generate stories leading to rural concerns such as succession planning. This ABC Open story can compliment the ABC’s rural and agriculture categories.

Snorkelling on the reef – A blog about Nina’s love for snorkelling can generate stories about the Great Barrier reef, including tourism, economy and the complex ecosystem. This ABC Open story can compliment ABC’s environment and community/society categories.

Weekend footy – A blog about Rob’s love for playing football with his mates on the weekend can generate stories about the importance of youth playing sport and discuss the values of sporting heros in a community. This ABC Open story can compliment ABC’s sports category.

All of these stories start with a simple story about the little things people appreciate in life. We need to start simple and build foundations as the ABC Open project develops and as ABC Open producers we can prompt, encourage and interact with community members’ ABC Open-inspired blogs and websites to generate stories for the project.

THE BIG THINGS

When the community develops the technical skills required to produce good quality online stories we can focus on more challenging story ideas relating to mining, agriculture and politics, etc. We can even follow up on the little things by introducing a story topic called the big things. Storytellers can create, collaborate and share stories regarding Birth, Love, Occupation, Marriage, Death and other big issues in life.

Make me an ABC Open producer and I’ll get the little things rolling.

Sincerely,
Michael Bromage.

Therefore, to recap on this story idea: The little things.

SYNOPSIS: This story idea encourages contributors to produce a diverse range of stories about the little things that people appreciate in life – from watching a sunset to collecting tea pots to the secret ingredient in home made secret sauce.

RATIONALE: People are naturally curious about others and about themselves. This story will highlight and contrast the diversity of Australians regarding the simple things and basic values in life. This open story is a simple vehicle for teaching contributors the foundations of digital media storytelling. Contributors are free to choose a thing to focus on that they know well and appreciate. For physical items contributors can learn how to see and capture the detail of the item and how to display the little thing in a story format. Contributors can also decide which media format will best suit their story about the little thing they appreciate in life. To begin I recommend we start with the simplest media format (text), then add photos, video and sound.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require anyone who has a story to share about the little things they appreciate in life.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements, libraries, community groups, universities, social media networks and internet communities.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: Workshops with community groups may be held to educate story contributors about the different ways to tell a story about little things online. This story will encourage contributors to define and use their preferred creative skills to produce simple stories. For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text, image, audio and video media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) and include maps.

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional, national and international audiences.

ADDITIONAL USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/social network relating to little things they appreciate about life in formats suited to best portraying the little thing and comment on other people’s stories.

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Little things, nick-nacks…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: One of the little things in life that Jeff appreciates is his torch.

Jeff appreciates his torch

Jeff appreciates his torch

SIMPLE EXAMPLE: While preparing for an interview about dengue mosquitos I asked Jeff to tell me a simple thing that he appreciates about life. With a cheeky grin Jeff reached out and picked up a small torch. I showed Jeff’s wife Pat different ways she could take photos to tell a story and to be aware of details and perspective. Because Jeff is wearing a light coloured shirt and the torch is dark we decided the images would be more effective in black and white. Jeff says: ‘I was rummaging through my shed the other day and there wasn’t enough light to see under the work bench – luckily I had my small torch handy! I’ve always got a small torch lying around somewhere because I never know when I’m going to need one,’ (and with the cyclone season fast approaching Jeff may be right). A torch is one of the little things that Jeff appreciates in his life. What little thing do you appreciate in your life?

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14. My best friend

SYNOPSIS: This story encourages contributors to share their beliefs about what qualities make a good friend.

RATIONALE: Friendship is important in everyones lives and personal qualities of friends are often debated.

NOTES: Successful marriages are often based on friendship foremost and many older generation Australians question the qualities youthful Australians decide to base their marriages on. This story may highlight reasons for a growing number of divorces in Australia. For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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15. Being occupied

SYNOPSIS: This story idea investigates why people choose their occupations and what is important about their occupation in regards to the Australian economy.

RATIONALE: Almost everybody talks about their job and this is because we spend most of our time occupied by our jobs. People also question why they do what they do and the concept of work/life balance is often debated at social gatherings.

NOTES: For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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16. The creative spark

SYNOPSIS: This story idea investigates people’s creative hobbies.

RATIONALE: Many people have a creative hobby. Whether it is music, art, science, etc, everybody has a creative spark. What makes someone decide to fold paper into origami? Or pick up the saxophone? Why do humans feel the need to be creative?

NOTES: For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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17. Mums that blog

SYNOPSIS: This story idea investigates the blogging phenomenon with a focus on stay at home mums.

RATIONALE: Blogging is a popular tool used for keeping a diary, communicating with like-minded people, sharing ideas and escaping to other personalities. There is an increase in numbers of stay at home mums who blog. Why do they blog and what do they blog about?

NOTES: For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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18. Family legacy

SYNOPSIS: This story idea encourages contributors to talk about their family legacies. Everything from keeping the business in the family, to family heirlooms and traditions, to changes in family legacy.

RATIONALE: The values of Australian families often shape the foundation of the community. To discover the truth behind community values requires exploration of family values.

NOTES: Migrants often find integrating into Australian culture difficult, especially parents with children who find their family legacy being challenged by Australian values. For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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EXAMPLE: The De Bei Family – Citizens of the world. While in Italy I worked with the De Bei family to create a story about their family, which I used for my Refugee of Love project.

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19. A foreign perspective

SYNOPSIS: This story idea investigates the interaction between Australians and foreigners sharing the same workspace.

RATIONALE: As globalisation continues to expand more businesses in North Queensland employ foreigners. What dynamics happen within the workplace? What do foreigners think of Australian work habits and vice versa.

NOTES: I have four friends from different countries (including Australia) who work in the same office for a national engineering company and the dynamics between them in the work environment and in social environments are interesting. For further information email: mick@mickstyle.com

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20. Culture spotting

SYNOPSIS: This story highlights similarities and differences in the features of people from different countries through a fun, voyeuristic activity.

RATIONALE: When I was a teenager, and growing up in a tourist town, friends and I used to play ‘spot the local’. We would sit on the tourist strip and guess the nationality of each person based on their features and mannerisms. When finding out how accurate we were it was enjoyable to both confirm and break cultural stereotypes. People may enjoy contributing media to this story giving audiences an insight into North Queensland’s perspectives regarding people of the world.

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21. The place I live

SYNOPSIS: This story idea encourages story contributors to explore and share answers to the question: What makes my home, my home? Is it the things in my house? The people around me? My local hangout? What makes my home, my home?

RATIONALE: People are curious about what make someone feel at home. People are also curious as to what makes themselves feel at home. This topic is often debated by youth and during changes in life such as leaving home for the first time, marriage and pregnancy.

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Contribute and share Your story

Do you have a story that you would like to share with the world? Share your story below.

Everyone has a story. Take me, for instance…

japanandmali

Working in Japan and in Mali

I was born in a small town in Far North Queensland, studied in a larger town in North Queensland, worked in a capital city in South East Queensland, then travelled through thirty countries operating my own multimedia production business. At different stages of my life and in different regions of the world, I’ve encountered moments where I’ve had to overcome the odds, where my skills to survive were tested and where simple revelations and opportunities caused me to choose different paths in life, and in each one of these moments there is a story to be told.

desertsoundandnq

Recording sound in the desert and Townsville, NQ

The ABC Open project provides an opportunity to tell whatever story you want and share your story with the Australian community and the world, whether it’s about a topic you are interested in or your own story. Visit ABC Open to learn more. The ABC has four key values: honesty, fairness, independence and respect. Consider these values when sharing your story.

What is important to you? Share your story idea below.

Posted: October 8th, 2010
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