On February 24, 2023, ICDP and our friends at Folktale organised a workshop to help community members promote their businesses, non-profit organisations, or community messages through storytelling. The workshop provided valuable insights on how to boost business profiles and connect with others across the region. Attendees learned how to utilise storytelling in both personal and professional contexts, and gained knowledge and skills to generate new ideas and develop stories.

Our event took place online, and we were delighted to see a great turnout from individuals across the region. Participants dialled in from Fiji, New Zealand, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and Australia to listen to Elizabeth Galomule, mumpreneur, Found of Crafty3 share her personal and business journey using digital media to promote her business. Liz provided some very helpful advice to those reluctant to ‘put themselves out there’ via social media. Liz’s story was very inspiring and demonstrated the positive impact that constructing and telling a good story can have on your audience.

After Liz’s insightful interview, Roman Albert, Community Engagement Manager from Folktale provided some great tips on how to construct a story and film it on your mobile phone. In fact the Folktale Academy has a free online course to help you film with your mobile. Having the ingredients for a basic story structure is crucial to help you connect with your audience and provide you with confidence to get in front of the camera. Renee Chan, Program Manager at Folktale also provided some important information on keeping yourself safe online given the challenges with social media in today’s world.

The one hour format was ‘short and sweet’ and we were thrilled to see so many people join us who also share our passion for storytelling across the Pacific. It was a great opportunity to continue our engagement with the community and work with important partners like Folktale to share knowledge and inspire others. As always ICDP is excited to continue our work with the support of our Hub Coordinators to make a positive impact on the community.

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Thank you to Liz Galomule for sharing, Renee, Roman and the folks at Folktale for putting the session together and to our enduring and wonderful community for continuing the journey with us.