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X IS THE STORY


25+ LEADERS  |  10 DAYS  |  NOV 20-29  |  CAMBODIA

Become a better storyteller.  Apply Now

 

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X IS THE STORY


25+ LEADERS  |  10 DAYS  |  NOV 20-29  |  CAMBODIA

Become a better storyteller.  Apply Now

 

 

WHAT IS TRACK X: CREATIVE MEDIa lab?

TRACK X is a 10-day experiential learning program that trains leaders, creatives and change-makers to become better listeners and, therefore, more effective storytellers.

Through the hands-on media training in Cambodia (plus complementary online courses) TRACK X will help you improve your media and storytelling skills, rediscover your path to creativity and reconnect you to the human element at the heart of every story. 

 
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Storytelling Together


TRACK X: Creative Media Lab is a laboratory where local and foreign storytellers come together to "learn by doing." 

For 10 days, participants work in creative teams to produce short documentaries that spotlight everyday human stories. Each team is responsible for photographing and documenting their creative design process from beginning to end—from initial concept to final film.  Track X uses Human-Centered Storytelling (HCS) to guide this process. HCS emphasizes connecting people rather than over-dramatizing conflict as the primary engine of storytelling. 

In this way Track X is a challenging space where mindfulness and listening become essential practices in the storytelling process. 

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Storytelling Together


TRACK X: Creative Media Lab is a laboratory where local and foreign storytellers come together to "learn by doing." 

For 10 days, participants work in creative teams to produce short documentaries that spotlight everyday human stories. Each team is responsible for photographing and documenting their creative design process from beginning to end—from initial concept to final film.  Track X uses Human-Centered Storytelling (HCS) to guide this process. HCS emphasizes connecting people rather than over-dramatizing conflict as the primary engine of storytelling. 

In this way Track X is a challenging space where mindfulness and listening become essential practices in the storytelling process. 

Apply Now

TRACK X puts the human element at the center of THE storytelling craft  

We call this Human-Centered Storytelling.

TRACK X helps you get awesome at:

  • Crafting stories that are authentic and drive change for all people involved and without manipulation.

Why it matters:

  • We are used to manipulative, one-dimensional stories that scratch the surface of human lives.
  • We ignore the individual experiences in order to focus on simplified narratives/agendas.
  • We are limited in resources and time to really listen to people's stories.
  • We are driven to deliver results in quick bursts of creativity or with a different bottomline other than serving a community.
  • We don’t take time to slow down and see the big picture as well as the details of our experiences. 

The TRACK X experience helps because it recognizes that:

  • Storytellers have a great responsibility.
  • Stories have been used to stir people to great cause, like Civil Rights Movement, the French Revolution, and Indian Independence Movement.
  • They were also used to drive horrible crimes to humanity.

What separates these stories? How to tell stories that stir and propel our best selves, instead of our basest instincts?

We believe that human-centered principles guide us.

The stories we tell should be part of the solution to the problems we face. When we focus on the humanity of the experiences we witness, and realize our experiences of these stories is part of the stories we tell, we are better equipped to tell these stories authentically and with empathy.

We are committed to telling stories that connect us all.

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The Programme


20-29 November 2016 | Cambodia

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The Programme


20-29 November 2016 | Cambodia

NARRATIVE MINDFULNESS

MEDITATION MEET STORY

You will learn how to center yourself through the practice of daily meditation and reflective writing exercises. Case study discussions using film + media examples, field trips, and guest lectures provide you with historical and cultural context. The field work will also highlight the importance of narrative awareness, which means asking the question "who does this story affect?" Expert local and international partners give you concrete examples of such awareness on subjects such as media ethics (Friends International) and media documentation in a post-genocide context (DC-Cam).

MEDIA
SKILLS

PHOTO AND VIDEO

The 10-day intensive media workshop gives you a hands-on experience on producing a video documentary—from beginning to end—and in a small team setting. Expert coaching and support is there for every step of preproduction, production and post-production processes. Mentors encourage you to stretch yourself and push the envelope of what media professionals do and practice, while your international teammates will push you to communicate and collaborate in ways that dignify every team member and every role. 

LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITY

IT STARTS WITH LISTENING

In addition to developing personal awareness, at its core Track X is a community building exercise. Group activities on listening, mindfulness-based leadership, conflict resolution, and personal storytelling strengthens your capacity to share and facilitate learning as a group. By working with a diverse group of local and foreign teammates, filming local personalities, and engaging with local industry leaders, you will emerge as a global leader equipped with skills to facilitate growth and change in your chosen communities. 

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Testimonials


Find out what the Track X Community has to say 

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Find out what the Track X Community has to say 

 

OUR STORIES

 
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Justine Ong-Arellano

Digital Strategy Manager at Adspark // Philippines

"What makes Track X an enriching programme is that not only does it introduce you to the devices for digital disruption, but it encompasses every immersive experience there is—welcoming dialogue, requiring openness to the unsettling and pervasive unknown, and belonging to a community that sees value in the individual's role in changemaking."
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Aaron Wong

Community Cross-Pollinator at IDEO // Hong Kong- USA

"Track X opened my eyes to a world of social impact projects that makes work enjoyable and meaningful. Since graduating and receiving my certification, I’ve enrolled in graduate school and have leveraged my experience in Cambodia to pivot my career towards more positive impact design and on projects I never thought I’d be doing."

Shelly Galvin

CSR Director at CBT Nuggets  // USA

"This course is framed with providing in-depth technical video production capacity building, but that is just the tip of the iceberg... Within the vehicle of documentary production, the experience that Track X provides is an opportunity to take pause from your own assumptions, projections, and judgements, and truly immerse yourself in the lives of others. What at once seems simple, becomes complex. You peel away layers of your own existence in order to learn to just tell the story for the sake of telling the story, finding deep, pure empathy. It is a peak and pivotal experience for anyone in the world social innovation."
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Ham Kim Houn

Founder and Lead Facilitator at KoonSoon Kampuchea // Cambodia

"Track X was awesome for me! The training addressed the theoretical and practical aspects of media training, as well as human centered storytelling which I will be able to use in my own program. I also learned to focus on the personal story at the core of the people and how storytelling affects their lives. As a trainer and facilitator myself, Track X has greatly increased my productivity and I have gained profound insight into who I am which is really having a positive effect on the people that I serve. I would highly recommend that others come and join our Track X community. We do not only learn from the training but learn from the community at large too!"

Julien Leyre

Editor-in-Chief, Global Challenges Foundation / Founder and CEO at Marco Polo Project // Australia

"The quality of a training program is not so much about its immediate effect, but the deeper changes it brings about.
Track X has had a profound impact on my professional life and my general well-being. I learned I could record not just images, but also sounds. I learned that I could perceive more if I first spent time looking for inner calm. These lessons stay with me today."
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The ongoing story of what we learn through our successes and failures

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The ongoing story of what we learn through our successes and failures

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Our Team


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WHO WE ARE

Get to know us. We want to get to know you. 

 
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Samuel Díaz Fernández

Co-Founder and Programme Director

Samuel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator. He is the co-founder of Studio DiLITT, a digital agency that helps build empathy in communities worldwide through video and photography. As a self-identified nomad, Samuel feels most at home wherever there is Totoro to keep him grounded in nature and magic.  So he looks for Totoro everywhere.

 

Akira Morita

Programme Design Director

Akira is a founder of Design Kompany, innovations design and strategy consultancy. He has helped hundreds of small businesses clarify their messages, express their visions, and grow, using design as a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. He served as a facilitator at Track X’s inaugural program in 2015. Since then, he’s been sitting in meditation about 180% more frequently, and reckons he’s about 120% kinder to himself.

 

Sarus challenges the next generation of changemakers to transform today’s conflicts into tomorrow’s solutions, through its experiential programs that focuses on developing core skills in young leaders: emotional intelligence, critical and design thinking, nonviolent communication, adaptive leadership. Track X is proud to have Sarus as its regional implementing partner.