We work with organizations & individuals to help people tell their own stories
We offer tools and story-based processes so that communities can engage with their own stories. We bring community storytelling as a way of questioning narratives we think are true - about ourselves and each other. We consider our work “memory activism,” as it aims to correct collective amnesia about who we are together in this place. We encourage community members, organizations, and groups in the South Sound and beyond who want to further a shared goal or vision to reach out and get involved.
We work alongside service providers, community activists, and other problem-solvers to help shift collective narratives, improve historical memory, and build capacity and resilience. We focus our efforts on the needs that the community brings to us. We can play the role of story steward, facilitator, and convener - providing a space to come together and share new stories of who we are and how we want to live together.
Our work is highly collaborative and experimental
We use a variety of formats - live storytelling, Playback Theatre, community conversations, podcasts, film screenings, video and audio production, exhibits, and more. We love collaborating and finding points of intersection with community partners to increase our collective impact.
We have two paid staff and many collaborators (both paid and volunteer) who bring their unique skills to help further our mission. Our collaborators include multimedia storytellers, artists, academics, community organizers, and other organizations doing good work locally.
Community Care & Engagement
Check out our ongoing news & events. Sometimes, we initiate a project with the guidance of a team of advisors and collaborators. Other times, our projects grow from a community, organization, or group of people. Want to collaborate on a long-term oral history or storytelling project? Want to bring Brave Practice Playback Theatre Collective to your organization for a performance or workshop? Want us to facilitate a community storytelling circle with your group? Want to engage with stories from The Third Thirty or take the interviewer training? Check out our Community Narratives projects for opportunities to collaborate and engage with us!
Educate. Engage. Mobilize.
Memory Activism Services
Oral history and personal narrative are at the center of our work. We aim to empower people with the tools to share their own stories. Organizations, educators, and individuals hire us for expert consultation, to facilitate cultural documentation & research services, or for community workshops. We love adding capacity to your storytelling projects by bringing research skills and technical know-how. Our workshops in oral history, community-building, multimedia or organizational storytelling, and media literacy add capacity to any community space.
Cultural Documentation & Research
Hire us to engage with you and your community in “partner memory activism.” We bring our ethnography background and facilitate ongoing community-based oral histories, cultural documentation, and participatory action research projects. Let us bring our skills in researching, interviewing, and documentation techniques to your next project.
Our background in nonprofit fundraising, oral history, and media literacy makes us uniquely positioned to not only produce a compelling story but to do so with ethical and artistic integrity. We offer video production and multimedia storytelling services in conjunction with our other services to assist in asset-based community building and storytelling.
Preserving Working Farms
Preserving Working Farms: A storytelling project where we produced communications materials to help preserve working farmland and educate eaters about the challenges farmers face when producing food for local markets. We gathered this collection of stories with local organizations between 2015-17.
Rites of Green
Rites of Green: We were hired by the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions to conduct fieldwork with "tradition bearers" in the Twin Harbors region of the Washington State coast for their Cultural Traditions Survey. We produced short media products from the interviews, available on the Center's online publication.
Workshops for Organizations, Educators, and Individuals
We offer workshops on oral history, multimedia storytelling, organizational storytelling, community-building, and media literacy. All of our workshops are custom designed to meet your needs. Example workshop topics include:
- Youth & Adults: Document the stories of your family or community through an oral history workshop
- Teachers & Educators: Incorporate an oral history project into your classroom curriculum through consultation or training
- Groups & Organizations: Use storytelling as a tool for empathy, belonging, building community, or acknowledging cultural identities at your next staff meeting or event
- Nonprofit Professionals: Help volunteers and Board members be more effective organizational ambassadors through organizational storytelling training
- Individuals & Professionals: Learn how to produce your own ethical and artistic stories for web or social media through a media literacy workshop, technical training, or coaching
Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
Give Local Workshops
2022 Asset-Based Storytelling
How might we frame our nonprofit storytelling to focus on the assets of the people we serve? What does nonprofit storytelling look like when we decenter our organization in favor of showing cooperation across sectors? In this workshop, we’ll explore storytelling frameworks that emphasize context, assets, and collective action over stories of personal experience. Participants will leave with tools and a template to craft and share stories of collective experience to ignite social change.
2021 Nonprofit Storytelling: Production Basics
Do you want to make a fundraising video for Give Local (or other campaigns) but you don’t know how to get started? In this workshop, we will walk you through visual storytelling best practices –from principals of project design to considering what’s needed to work with a production company or do it yourself to attending to the power dynamics and ethics of telling other peoples’ stories. Participants will walk away with a solid process and ethical compass to guide them through their process.
2021 Nonprofit Storytelling: Moving Beyond Curated Storytelling
Our success as fundraisers depends largely on our ability to tell compelling stories – about the need in the community, about the impact of our work, and about the future we are striving to create. Whose stories are we telling to write that narrative? What are our practices for telling those stories? What power dynamics are at play? This two-part workshop series provides an overview of nonprofit storytelling conventions and a do-it-yourself template to try. This series aims to increase media literacy, help organizations connect their work with a larger theme or guiding question(s), and offer tools and templates for DIY storytelling.
Center for Washington Cultural Traditions
Cultural Documentation Field School
2021 Workshop Series
Window Seat Media was hired as a contractor to help design and facilitate a multi-session virtual workshop series. Students learn cultural documentation skills, such as interviewing, audio, video, and photography, as well as how to activate their stories within their communities through community exhibits, gatherings, and events. Fieldwork ethics and accountability to the communities we document will be emphasized and woven throughout.
Window Seat Media Oral History Workshop
The Third Thirty Cohort Training
2020 Cohort Training
We believe in the power of the interview process – both for the person being interviewed and the listener. We want to share this experience with our community, so we’ve set up a model where community members receive training so they can gather stories for the project. Participants enroll in a 4-hour workshop to learn the art and practice of oral history, build their listening and interviewing skills, and consider the ethical issues of gathering and sharing other peoples’ stories. At the end of the workshop, participants have the skills and tools they need to invite someone to participate (often someone with whom they have a personal relationship), conduct a recorded interview, and finalize the interview transcript for inclusion in the project.
The Evergreen State College
Community Connections Program
2017-18 Introduction to Oral History
We designed and led a 2-hour workshop that provided students embarking on their first oral history project with an overview of the theory and practice of oral history interviewing and writing, including practical applications in the public sector. This workshop was a part of a yearlong academic program called Community Connections.
Washington Association of Conservation Districts
2016 The Power of Story in Communications + Marketing
Led a session that explored how using landowner stories can engage and inspire audiences in exciting ways. We viewed powerful examples, discussed how to use story alongside facts and numbers for the best results, and learned some tools and tips to collect and present stories from their own districts.