Barbara Ganley, Affiliate

dgv_2567To help small communities bring storytelling to civic engagement and change efforts, Barbara left the writing faculty of Middlebury College in 2008 to found and direct Community Expressions, LLC.  At Middlebury she co-founded and directed the Project for Integrated Expression and pioneered the integration of digital storytelling and blogging in the liberal arts and use of social media in service learning.  Her experience with social media, community mapping, dialogue, facilitation and storytelling to engage citizens and to effect change has brought her to work with small towns in the Northeast and the Rocky Mountain West as well as foundations, academic institutions and nonprofits on local, national and international levels.

Barbara gives interactive talks and workshops around the world, and writes widely about storytelling and communities, including the foreword to the 2012 edition of Joe Lambert’s Digital Storytelling, Capturing Lives, Creating Community. In 2010 Orton Family Foundation published her essay, Re-Weaving Community, Creating the Future Storytelling at the Heart and Soul of Healthy Communities. She collaborates with and advises nonprofits and sits on various boards dedicated to community and storytelling, including Children’s Radio Foundation’s Advisory Board and University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana’s Ethnography of the University Initiative External Advisory Board and The YoungWriters Project as Creative and Strategic Advisor.