Partner: Merri-bek Council, Victoria
What makes this project special
Wanting to build the capacity of local sustainability organisations to tell their own stories and shine a light on the work they are doing in the community, Merri-bek City Council (formerly Moreland City Council) initiated a Sustainability Community Storytellers program in mid-2022.
Designed to harvest a collection of stories that showcase local organisations leading sustainability initiatives in the community, participants were trained in video storytelling by experienced facilitators through a series of webinars and workshops. Find out what these budding storytellers created and how you can use story to bring communities together.
The background – for those who want to dive a little deeper
Merri-bek City Council has been investing in action and advocacy to address climate change and reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions for over two decades. The second Victorian local government and the third in Australia to be certified carbon neutral for its corporate operations, in December 2021, Council endorsed a highly ambitious ‘Zero Carbon Merri-bek’ target.
But as the adage goes, if something great is happening, but nobody knows about it – did it really happen? Every day, there is extraordinary work happening all around us, and Merri-bek Council is no different. To better measure and communicate the impact that local groups are having to make the world a better place for us all, it’s time to tell stories.
Story artefacts – what was ‘created’
‘Story artefacts’ is what you have in your hands as a result of a storytelling process (e.g. videos, blog posts, animations, illustrations). Some of the story artefacts to emerge from the Merri-bek Sustainability Community Storytellers Program included:
- Walk on Moreland → who created a series of videos, including practical advice for local community members to effectively advocate for safer environments for walking