Digital Collaboration, Learning and Storytelling

The global coronavirus pandemic brought home the importance of being able to collaborate, learn and share stories from a distance. To develop close-knit teams and collaborative working relationships with partners anywhere. To deliver learning programs through digital platforms that spark deep reflection and active engagement. To tell up-close stories from a distance in a way that piques curiosity, conveys meaning and shapes action. And to build familiarity and rapport amongst partners who are dispersed across multiple locations and countries.

Square Circle couples our professional content creation and storytelling capabilities with a deep understanding of digital engagement methods and pedagogies. We understand that many of the pedagogical and collaboration processes that work in a face-to-face environment cannot be simply transplanted into a digital setting. Digital engagement programs must be built from the ground-up, with appropriate modalities, platforms, content, phasing and engagement for the digital environment.

Our digital engagement methodology includes the development of customised, highly intuitive and purpose-built online workspaces to meet the needs of partners (collaboration) and participants (trainings) across the life cycle of a program. These workspaces provide a place for meeting; for sharing content, knowledge and experiences; for networking; for collaboration; and for supporting one another.

Through SC Studio, our in-house digital storytelling and content creation capability, Square Circle produces engaging content for use across our programs and services. Our digital stories spread the benefits of personal and institutional narratives to a wider audience. Illustrations, photographs, documentaries and animations, all have the potential to create shared insight across geographies, cultures and ideologies. These digital mediums can also be used to amplify the stories of marginalised voices.

Digital storytelling is also vital part of the sense-making process leading to the discovery of new ways to articulate experiences and ideas. This discovery is an important part of critical self-reflection, helping to bring more locally grounded insights and more inclusive and sustainable action.

Our professional videography, storytelling and collaboration capability ensures that key ideas, concepts, stories and conversations are showcased in a way that enhances the experience while adding to the quality and overall branding of materials for development partners.

Square Circle draws on our unique combination of digital collaboration and storytelling capabilities across all of our services—from our research and advisory work, to our leadership development programs, and our monitoring, evaluation and learning projects.

In our research, capturing stakeholder narratives through videography, animation and our online platforms enhances inquiry through qualitative data that is personal and rich, creating different avenues for accessibility and impact.

In our leadership development programs, providing professional filming for daily reflections and leadership visions helps to solidify learnings and insights while also providing an experiential learning opportunity. Our innovative and easy-to-use online platforms also create social learning environments that help to foster personal reflection, peer learning and communities of practice.

In our monitoring, evaluation and learning, the use of videography, photo essays and online platforms helps to highlight stakeholder interpretations, understandings and experiences of project activities and impacts.

Through SC Studio, our in-house digital storytelling and content creation capability, Square Circle produces engaging content for use across our programs and services.

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