Our Story

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What is Our Story?

Our Story is a innovative approach to supporting local communities share their stories using video. Traditionally, video production has been seen as a highly skilled endeavour and was limited to those with high media literacy. Using Our Story, a group/community/organisation can collaboratively shoot, edit and publish videos.

Using the Our Story admin page (accessible on any web browser), you can organise and manage your shoots. Contributors can then use any Android device (mobile phone or tablet), to download the Our Story app and join your shoot.

Which edition is right for me?

There are three editions of Our Story for use in different scenarios, please refer to this section to decide which one is right for you.

A feature comparison might help understand some of the differences:

Feature

Our Story

Our Story: Titan

Dashboard to create and manage shoots

Contributors can upload videos to shoot

Requires Internet?

Social Media Sharing

Web Help enabled

Optimised for Limited Connectivity areas

Optimised for Zero Connectivity areas

Recommended for Monitoring and Evaluation

Our Story and Our Story: Titan have been developed in association with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. These variants contain features that are useful for International Development contexts.

Our Story: IFRC
Our Story: Titan

Our Story has been built for NGOs and organisations who want to use participatory video to tell community stories. This has been built for International Development contexts where limited internet connectivity needs to be taken into account.

All you need is a Web browser, head to ourstory.video and start a new shoot. You will get a unique code for your shoot, which you can share with your participants. The participants can then enter the code into the Our Story app on their phone or tablet. You are ready to go!

A version developed with Red Cross for monitoring and evaluation of programmes in the field. Designed for use in situations with limited (but available 3G). Reduced access to social media, social login for safety and ethical reasons, and reduced bandwidth needs. Designed to be supported by team facilitators on the ground.

Our Story: Titan does everything Our Story: IFRC version does, except it is a fully offline solution. This is ideal for regions where there is no internet connectivity. To use this version, you will need a computer and a WiFi adaptor. You will also need to install the Titan server on this computer. Then the mobile phones/tablets will be able to connect to this computer and we can replicate the Our Story experience, totally offline.

A version developed for situations where no 3G or WiFi is available, this version can be deployed by facilitators on their own computer to provide the full Our Story workflow in remote or inaccessible locations.