Center for Digital Storytelling helps people hold up a lens to their own lives
By J.D. Lasica
Online Journalism Review
Kiok Gruttend, an emergency room nurse at Kaiser Permanente, sat nervously at the pockmarked table as a dozen strangers sat and waited. “Pardon,” she said, “my English not too good.” Her fingers trembled slightly as she began reading her two-minute script.
Gruttend told of her upbringing in South Korea, of her marriage to a Swiss man, of her yearning for a diploma, of the frailties of an immigrant family in Marin County. By the time she finished, more than a few eyes were moist.
“Good, good. Now let’s hear some ideas on how to refine Kiok’s script.” Joe Lambert, director of the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, Calif., scanned the room.