Keynote speakers

A mighty conference needs mighty speakers. The people you find here has set benchmarks in digital storytelling and mediaculture for more than the last decade. Their fields of study are diverse, their publications plenty and their impact is not to be underestimated. Here they appear in alphabetical order.

Pip Hardy (UK)

Pip Hardy and Tony Sumner founded the Patient Voices Programme in 2003 with the intention of bringing more humanity into healthcare through the creation and sharing of digital stories.

Some 500 people have participated in workshops to create their digital stories and the model of free distribution of stories via the Patient Voices website has resulted in their use in healthcare education throughout the English-speaking world and beyond.

“The Patient Voices programme and aims to facilitate the telling and the hearing of some of the unwritten and unspoken stories of ordinary people.
The goal is that those who devise and implement strategy in health and social care, as well as the professionals and clinicians directly involved in care, may carry out their duties in a more informed and compassionate manner.
We hope that, as a result of seeing the stories, patients, their carers and clinicians may meet as equals and work respectfully together for the benefit of all.”

Patient Voices

Glynda Hull (US)

Glynda Hull studies media, literacy, and youth in the context of globalization. As a professor of education at the University of California, Berkeley and New York University, over the last ten years she has established digital storytelling programs for youth in several countries.

Most recently, with colleagues from India, South Africa, Norway, Australia, and Singapore, she has developed a social networking site,, which links youth around the world and fosters the exchange of digital artifacts. The winner of UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Hull is the author of numerous articles and several books, including School’s Out:  Bridging Out-of-School Literacies with Classroom Practice.

Glynda at Steinhardt

Joe Lambert (US)

Joe Lambert is the Executive Director the Center for Digital Storytelling. Joe founded the Center for Digital Storytelling (formerly the San Francisco Digital Media Center) in 1994, with wife Nina Mullen and colleague Dana Atchley.

Together they developed a unique computer training and arts program that today is known as the Standard Digital Storytelling Workshop. This process grew out of Joe’s long running collaboration with Dana on the solo theatrical multimedia work, Next Exit. Since then, Joe has traveled the world to spread the practice of digital storytelling and has authored and produced curricula in many contexts, including the Digital Storytelling Cookbook, the principle manual for the workshop process, and Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community. See here for more information.

Center for Digital Storytelling

Knut Lundby (NO)

Knut Lundby is Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. He was the founding director of InterMedia, University of Oslo (1998-2004) researching communication, design and learning in digital environments.

He is director of the international project on Mediatized Stories.

UIO – Mediatized stories project

Bjarke Myrthu (DK)

Is currently CEO of Storyplanet. Was executive editor at Magnum In Motion. Before co-founding Magnum In Motion he co-founded the digital storytelling company NewClearMedia where he produced several independent online documentaries.

“Since early in my career I have had one clear mission: Digital media should be much, much more that factual news and static text. We need to unleash the power of the media and push the limits of storytelling by using visuals, audio and interactivity. To reach this we need to innovate and invent new content formats, newtools and new business models.”

In 2002 Bjarke published the educational book “The Digital Storyteller” about online storytelling, before this he published several other non-fiction books. If time allows he teaches online storytelling at schools and universities in the US and Denmark (his native country). See here for more information.

Magnum in Motion
Notes from the media revolution

Simon Strömberg (SWE)

Simon Strömberg is responsible of media and democracy development at the Culture Administration of the city of Stockholm.

He is initiative taker and head of Unga Berättar/Speaking Youth, the media and democracy centre of Kulturskolan Stockholm. The activities of the centre started 2004 and involves every year about 1 200 young people in many projects and workshops. Simon himself is involved in several national and international networks and projects with focus on young people and media literacy. Since ten years ago he is a key persons in the Digital Storytelling network in Sweden and in Europe.


Rami Al-Khamisi, is 22 years. Founder and project leader of Megafonen, an youth driven organization in Husby, a city part of Stockholm. He is right now taking part in an international project manager education over two years arranged by the European Council with the purpose to focus on youth participation in the local context. Megafonen has in collaboration with Unga Berättar/Speaking Youth used Digital Storytelling in several projects to strengthen the voices of young.