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The Art of Digital Storytelling - A NetSquared Victoria Panel

NetSquared Victoria (#Net2Vic) is hosting a panel discussion on the art of digital storytelling.

Bill Weaver (Across Borders Media) will moderate a conversation with leading digital storytellers from around Victoria, including Patricia Sims (CanazWest Pictures), Jeremiah Armstrong (Armstrong Creative), and Jordan Bower (Walk to Mexico).

Storytelling lies at the heart of communication. Many not for profit organizations use storytelling intuitively in order to explain the work that they do, the communities that they work with, and also to describe the successes and impacts that their work has had.

Digital storytelling moves this art into a new arena. With digital storytelling, organizations are able to communicate with a global audience. How and organization chooses to tell its story using digital medium is a question often put in the “too hard basket”, often due to misunderstanding about the complexity and cost of creating digital media. As a result, many fantastic, important and engaging stories are not being compiled in a digital format, and therefore, not being shared with an eager global audience.

Suggested donation: $5.


5:30-6:00: Doors open. schmoozing and snacks

• 6:00-6:05: NetSquared welcome

6:05-7:05: Digital Storytelling Panel

• 7:05-7:30: Mingling, talking about next steps 


Bill Weaver is a Peabody-award-winning, 40-year veteran of television and radio.  He has produced, directed, edited and shot 10 documentaries for Canadian television, as well as numerous other short films for values-based business and social profits.  For over a decade he was founder and facilitator of Hollyhock's Media that Matters gathering, an interdisciplinary collaboratorium for conventional and unconventional media makers.  He currently sits on the boards of Reel Youth and the Power of Hope Canada, an organization aimed at helping teens become creators, rather than consumers, of culture.  Most recently, Bill has been video producer for The Robert Bateman Foundation, crafting stories that deliver effective funding asks and environmental messages to both progressive and conservative audiences.  He has just returned from shoots in Istanbul, London, and rural India, profiling nominees for an international ethics award for the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.


Patricia Sims is an independent Canadian filmmaker who has produced documentaries around the world, focusing on nature, conservation, indigenous culture and the interrelationships between humans and animals. She has collaborated with some of the world’s leading conservation celebrities, scientists and explorers, with a specialization in wildlife and oceanographic productions. Well-traveled in over twenty countries, she has produced documentaries for CityTV, CBC, TVAsahi, YLE, ARTE, Discovery Channel, NHK, NHK-BS2, TBS, non-profit organizations, and the UN. Since 2005 Patricia has been based in British Columbia where she founded CanazWest Pictures Inc. Her most recent productions include “DocJam”, a 15-part documentary series for Astral Media in Canada. Since 2008 Patricia has been working on projects on that bring awareness to the plight of endangered Asian elephants through digital media outreach and her two films produced in Thailand: “Return to the Forest”, a 30-minute documentary narrated by William Shatner; and “Elephants Never Forget”, a feature-length documentary currently in post production. Patricia is also the co-founder of World Elephant Day, an international social media awareness campaign about the critical threats facing elephants that she launched on August 12, 2012.


Jordan Bower's experimentations in digital media began during a 2007 walking journey into one of the last surviving kingdoms in the Himalayas. In 2010, Jordan displayed the digital photographs from two years spent meandering in South Asia in the advertising space inside of a Toronto public streetcar, creating what one reviewer called "one of the most intriguing exhibitions" of the world's largest photography festival.

Jordan is best known for Walking to Mexico, the crowdfunding and digital storytelling project about his 3,000 km walking journey from Vancouver to Tijuana. Based in Victoria, where he is writing a book about the walk, Jordan offers a range of digital consulting services including web design and content strategy. His website is


Jeremiah Armstrong is the Principal/Owner Armstrong Creative

Digital storytelling lies at the heart of Jeremiah's work. He uses photography, video, web and social media to communicate his clients narrative. From heavy industry to the fashion industry to global NGO's Jeremiah has created for a diversity of clients during his decade in business.
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  • Christopher B.

    Here's the Youtube Playlist including 9 folks from last night sharing where they get fresh ideas

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sweet! Thanks for sharing!

      September 19, 2013

    • Dan P.

      Thanks Chris!

      September 19, 2013

  • Robert F.

    It was fantastic, wrote a whole page of notes. The only down side was it was to short. If possible this could have kept going. So far the Netsquare meet-ups have brought such light to a gray area. I ,for one, am glad to be present. Well done

    1 · September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Would you be willing to share your notes with the group?

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Jordan B.

    Thanks for the enlivening discussion last night. It was a pleasure to join your community. If you're interested in crowdfunding, I'd love to welcome you to my three-hour intensive Digital Storytelling for Crowdfunding workshop next Tuesday (the 24th). More information is here:

    September 18, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    We're hiring a social media coordinator for our upcoming elephant film release, elephant conservation advocacy, and next World Elephant Day campaign, as well as other projects currently in development. Anyone interested please contact me at [masked] for more details!

    September 18, 2013

  • Patricia S.

    Great discussion, really enjoyed sharing ideas on the panel with other digital storytellers and having feedback and questions from the attendees.

    September 18, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Great to meet you all. Thanks to Dan for pulling me out of the edit room.

    Here are links to some of the folks that continue to challenge my media world view:

    Bob Lefsitz is mainly known for his rants on the music industry, but he covers a lot of other ground as well. He's worth following. Here are a couple of recent links on Social Media:

    Howard Rheingold -- Net Smart

    Sherry Turkle TED talk

    On Being -- Sherry Turkle -- Raw Interview

    Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television -- Jerry Mander


    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the opportunity to share knowledge with a diverse crowd of interesting/interested professionals. Look forward to the next connection. Great job Dan Pollock!

    September 17, 2013

  • CarolLynne M

    It was so amazing to have so many new faces in the room. Thanks for coming everyone! Very interestin panel indeed!

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Leah F.

    Very knowledgable and well-spoken panel.

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Monique K

    I'm a writer/storyteller very interested in incorporating visual media into my work.

    September 17, 2013

  • George S.

    I'm keen to learn and curious about what works and who pays

    September 17, 2013

  • Carol


    September 16, 2013

  • CarolLynne M


    September 12, 2013

  • Tara Z

    What are some simple guidelines for distilling complex and interrelated ideas into an understandable and approachable story? PS Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Dan P.

    We're excited to announce that Jordan Bower will be joining Patricia Sims and Jeremiah Armstrong as our third panelist.

    What questions would you like our moderator Bill Weaver to ask the panel?

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • Jeremy L.

    Hi everyone, I am Community Development Coordinator @ Heart&Stroke Foundation and Director of Youth Outreach for the Victoria Poetry Project. I am excited to learn and share. Cheers, Jeremy

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How to give this event twitter love:

    and Patricia Sims





    Please add any other twitter handles and hashtags for this event that I've missed!

    September 5, 2013

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