TeaTalks are a series of recorded and analysed conversations and debates (yes we will be filming and taking photos) that create actionable (doable) outcomes. The concept is to hold open debates that flow rather than setting formally structured interview questions. I uses a creative approach to an Asset Based Community development Model to generate personal, interpersonal, community and social change from the Grassroots up, not the Top layers down.
Dotty is bonkers, absolutely bonkers, in the loveliest of ways you can be. She has completely changed her life. a story of a life with a complex and often traumatic history. I like Dotty, she is honest, positive, reflective, optimistic and motivational. She defines herself as a 'Rainbow Positivity Artist' and really is a living example of positively and the seeking of joy. She is also a great artist and illustrator. Dotty is also amazing at bringing people together, creating community action spaces and makes great vegan cakes. She's very authentic and meets everyone with a loving welcoming hug.
Yeah, this is me. More precisely this is me aged 9. One thing that has been consistent in my life. circa 1981 to today is obviously that my homemade haircut hasn't improved any. I'm 46 now (it's 2019) I work for myself, I work with stories as both an art and a therapy. This is a simple little timeline story to explain a bit more about me and how my story has unfolded from my first community made magazine aged 11 to lead me to the work that I do now.
This kind of kooky, creative, left of centre thing appeals to me. I also love that these community-owned human spaces also combat loneliness, encourage conversations and swell with the stories of life. Camerados wanted to find a way to collect these stories to share across the world. They wanted someone who not only was good at collecting and telling stories but could also offer these to the world in simple yet creative ways. So they asked Myself and Dotty if we would work with them to pilot some Camerados story ideas and thus The Story Department was born.
This is a little story about The Journal of Kane.D.Dodgson. Yes, this is my Journal, I decided to create a journal rather than a portfolio because my life is more than just the work that I do. As well as the community and story work that I do (and love so passionately to do) I also ha, thoughts, feelings, personal lived experience, a love for travel and adventure, an interest in mysteries, life after death, technology, art, productivity and much more. Here you can find out a bit more detail about my journal if you are curious to know more.
StoryWork is a term that I use to describe the eclectic work that I do with people, communities and organisations. To be honest, It's quite a broad categorisation. StoryWork can range from simple storytelling projects to more complex problem solving and evaluation processes. The common denominator in all is the use of conversation, reflection and storytelling and to tell those stories in creative ways. One thing that is clear is that by using reflective personal stories I am able to help people, communities and organisations achieve several positive outcomes.