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Author: Kristy Wolfe

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Everyone has a story to telland what we do with that story can create lasting impact. Every episode, Leading Through Stories, helps unravel the how and why of digital storytelling with host Kristy Wolfe.

On this podcast, Kristy and her guests help navigate some of the complexities of the digital storytelling world, from facilitation to self-care as a storyteller to learning how to find your own story.

Digital stories don't need large budgets, film crews and sound stagesthey need meaningful moments crafted together to help share your passion and reach your audience.

The podcast explores the power of digital storytelling in partnership with Common Language DST, a leader in digital storytelling facilitation training for health and wellness changemakers.

While Common Language DST is rooted in health and wellness, the lessons from these conversations are cross-industry and get at the heart of the story people want to tell, no matter what the field.

Life is made up of meaningful momentswhich ones do you want to share

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How can storytelling revolutionize the nonprofit sector? Join us in an engaging conversation with Heather Knox, a digital storytelling facilitator who takes us on her incredible journey from co-founding Project Somos in Guatemala to how she is incorporating photography and guided autobiography into her work. Heather shares how storytelling have profoundly impacted her work with Indigenous Mayan children and women. She highlights the importance of privacy and trust in these narratives and disc...
Discover the profound impact patient narratives can have on healthcare with Dr. Mike Lang, founder of Common Language Digital Storytelling, and his co-author, cancer survivor Vikram Bubber. Together, they unravel the power of story in shaping the wisdom of healthcare professionals. We don't just hear Vikram's own gripping tale of survival, but we learn how to transform passive listening into active learning. Diving into their paper 'Pressure: How to Meaningfully Engage with Patient Stories,' ...
Every life holds a story waiting to be told, and Lisa Joworski has dedicated her life to bringing those tales to the fore. Join us as we journey with Lisa, a compassionate Common Language Digital Storytelling facilitator, who has turned her profound experiences with the senior community and individuals with dementia into a mission of empathy and connection. Through the recounting of her own evolution from a teen working in long-term care to a supportive figure in outpatient services, Lisa sha...
When Vittorio Borrelli, heart transplant and cancer survivor, recounts his journey, you feel every heartbeat of his tale. Our latest episode honours the beauty of resilience through digital storytelling, providing a platform for individuals like Vittorio to share their experiences with congenital heart disease (CHD). He joins us to discuss his digital story, The Call, a narrative, emphasizing the crucial role of storytelling in connecting the dots between pediatric and adult CHD care. W...
Have you ever wondered how a nine-year-old would describe battling cancer? Imagine it likened to navigating the twists and turns of a racetrack, a metaphor young Ethan uses to articulate his journey. Today, we're joined by Common Language Digital Storytelling founder Mike Lang and Clara Jordan from the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario, a charity that partners to achieve the best childhood cancer system for children, youth, survivors and their families in Ontario and beyond to discuss the p...
When the tapestry of human experiences is woven with the threads of digital storytelling, profound connections are forged. That's precisely what Maureen Leier, a dedicated nurse and Common Language digital storytelling facilitator, brings to light in our heartfelt conversation. We navigate the evolution from traditional healthcare to telehealth and the ripple effect of storytelling in this space. The nuances of crafting narratives both individually and within the vibrant tapestry of group wor...
It's our privilege to share the North American premiere of "A Shared Dream: Digital Storytelling to Support Gender Equality in East Africa." Our guests, Barbara Naggayi and Mutatina Robens, talk with Dr. Mike Lang about the practice of digital storytelling in Uganda. They reveal the joys and challenges of guiding storytellers to express their innermost experiences and we examine the wide-reaching influence of digital storytelling on initiatives like Healthy Adolescents and Young People, showc...
When Lacey Horta and Jenni Haggie of the Canadian Cancer Society joined us, the conversation transformed into an immersive exploration of digital storytelling's role in humanizing healthcare. Our guests, with their rich backgrounds in community management, social work, and cancer strategy, shared how stories can turn the most corporate of meetings into a space filled with compassion and understanding. The emotional resonance of sharing one's journey with cancer is undeniable—whether it's thro...
In the labyrinth of life's challenges, it's the voices of triumph over adversity that often shine the brightest. That's why we're honoured to have Makaylah Rogers, a beacon of hope in the realm of mental health advocacy, joining us to share their journey. Makaylah, a non-binary social entrepreneur, opens up about their dual passions: Frankie D's Donuts and Scale Naturally, and how these endeavors are much more than businesses—they're platforms for advocating for diversity and building connect...
Imagine harnessing the transformative power of digital narratives to navigate the complex world of healthcare. That’s exactly what we set out to explore in our latest episode, recorded live at the Children's Healthcare Canada conference. Joined by the insightful Pam Kai, Krystle Schofield, and Kristina McGuire—parents, caregivers, and seasoned digital storytellers—we dissect the emotional resonance of digital stories in health and wellness and their profound capacity to instigate change.Throu...
Have you ever wondered how the power of storytelling can transform healthcare? This episode hosted by Mike Lang offers a captivating exposition on the profound influence of digital narratives, featuring the trailblazing minds of Patient Voices UK's Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner, as well as Laura Mazzoli Smith of the University of Durham. Together, we navigate the evolution of digital storytelling in medicine, from its humble technological beginnings to the therapeutic art form that now shapes hea...
Embark on an inspiring episode with our cherished guests, Mary Michailides and Helen Rose, the original members of the Leading Through Stories team. Together, we weave a tapestry of tales encapsulating the origins of 'Leading Through Stories' and reveal our personal designs for the year ahead. As we think back on the strides we've made, Mary extends a heartfelt thank you for an enriching collaboration, while Helen regales us with her adventures in business and family milestones. Witness first...
Ever wondered how the simple act of telling your story could be so powerful and therapeutic? Join me, Kristy Wolfe, as I sit down with Melody Williamson, a seasoned Common Language digital storytelling facilitator to uncover the healing magic behind digital storytelling. We delve into Melody's fascinating journey and her encounters with Mike Lang, who envisioned a universal framework for digital storytelling. We also explore the transformative effect of sharing personal narratives and how it ...
Get ready to be taken on a journey through the fascinating world of digital storytelling. Promising to be a deep-dive into the realm of personal narratives and their potency, we welcome three guests, Cindy McDonald, Christie Oswald, and Kathleen Shearer. Each of them brings to the table their unique experiences, highlighting the meaningful moments that sparked their digital stories which were recently shared a screening event in Edmonton.As we progress, we step into the excitement of sharing ...
How can a mother's love and determination navigate the challenging landscape of healthcare for a child with Rett Syndrome? How can the power of digital storytelling impact not just the patient's journey, but also the healthcare community at large? Join us with our inspiring guests, Melanie Birch and Kristina McGuire, as they share their unique experiences and insights.Melanie, a mother to a child with Rett Syndrome, unveils a heartfelt narrative of her daughter's journey and how digital story...
In the world of healthcare, storytelling has become an integral tool for communication, advocacy, and education. Join our conversation with Krystle Schofield, a dedicated Common Language Digital Storytelling Facilitator with a profound personal story of her own, as she unveils the transformative journey from documentary family photography to digital storytelling. Her compelling narrative, filled with the catharsis of the storytelling process and enriched by diverse perspectives, invites us in...
Ever caught yourself in a moment that you wish you could capture perfectly, sharing the emotions and impact it had on you with others? This week, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Jen, a congenital heart parent and advocate, who shared how digital storytelling is a compelling way to encapsulate such moments, especially in the world of pediatric healthcare. Jennifer created 'Day One', a poignant digital story of her son's CHD diagnosis.For Jennifer her exploration into digit...
Do you consider the human element behind digital storytelling? Do you stop to think about the emotional toll it can take on the storyteller themselves? Join us for a heart-touching conversation with Mike Lang, digital storyteller and founder of Common Language Digital Storytelling. Mike takes us on a deep dive into the essence of storyteller wellbeing, discussing his PhD work on Digital Storytelling in Healthcare Settings and providing insights from his powerful documentary, Emerging Horizons...
Ever wondered how the power of storytelling can transform healthcare? Enter the world of digital storytelling with Mike Lang, a digital storytelling facilitator and founder of Common Language Digital Storytelling, who takes us on a journey through his own healthcare experiences that inspired him to revolutionize how stories are told in the healthcare sector. Together, we'll explore the concept of digital stories - potent, bite-sized films made with photos, videos, and voiceovers that smartpho...
In the final episode of season 2 Helen, Mary & Kristy take some time to look back at the last two years of Leading Through Stories from trying out the first livestream to experimenting with a podcast. Join them as they reflect on what went well, what they learned from each other and guests and what's next for Leading Through Stories. IN THIS EPISODE0:30 Why behind the work 2:00 Looking back at year one10:00 Season 2 with guests23:00 What’s next for Leading Through StoriesAb...
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