Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) had a workshop at Gowanus Houses, one of the New York City Housing Authority’s housing developments in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 30th. It was yet another stop in DDFR’s One City, One Family Tour of all five boroughs of New York City as part of our Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund Grant project.Residents of Gowanus Houses had the chance to learn both background information on DDFR and DDFR SocialNet as well as storytelling skills via their family photos in the tenant association room.
The workshop primarily focused on instructing participants how to protect their family photo archives by digitizing their images. (The digitized images can be uploaded to DDFR SocialNet.)
In addition, Nonso Christian Ugbode, director of Digital Media at the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), gave a presentation on “Becoming Talented Witnesses in Your Own Life”. He introduced and informed participants of various tools they can use to record the their everyday experiences, from family life to conditions in their neighborhood that require community action, including small format technologies such as cell phone cameras, digital recorders and so on.