September 28, 2015
On Saturday 26th September, Crunch 2015’s Sophie Weldon launched a pop-up StoryPod at this year’s Unleashed Festival to capture stories across generations.
Unleashed is an annual event hosted by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) for young innovators, makers, thinkers and doers exchange new ideas around social change and discuss the big issues and challenges facing the world today.
For Sophie, Unleashed was one of the first major events to launch the social enterprise she worked on throughout Crunch 2015, operating an inflatable pop-up version of StoryPod in Federation Square.
Throughout the event, Sophie and her team asked Unleashed attendees to share a time they stood up for what they believe in and their ideas for a better Australia.
“My feelings after the StoryPod was very positive. I felt as if I had just done something really scary, but that it was a good thing. I felt free and light – like I had just unearthed some buried emotions. It makes a difference to say things out loud and it felt incredibly liberating to tell my story, even just for a few minutes, shared Sarah Arrowsmith who took part in sharing her story in the StoryPod on Saturday.
“I would definitely recommend the StoryPod for those that want to share their story, challenge themselves and reduce their own personal isolation. I think stories say so much about who we are and where we come from – this is what keeps us connected as a community,” Sarah continued.
Click here to see some of the stories collected in the StoryPod pop-up on the day
In addition, Sophie also held an Integenerational Forum at the event, inviting two elders and two young people including Sophie Weldon to share their ideas and challenges in an exchange of experience and thinking.
The pop-up StoryPod will now be used at a range of other events. Find out more information about StoryPod and find the next locations on the StoryPod Facebook page.