MY World 360° Program Guide
MY World 360°, a partnership between Digital Promise, Oculus from Facebook, and the UN SDG Action Campaign, invites creators worldwide to use immersive storytelling and design to share their perspectives and inspire positive action toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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Step 1: Brainstorm issues that matter to you and your community
- Learn about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 global goals affect every country on earth, including your local community. They cover issues ranging from health and environment to gender equality and social justice.
- Talk to people in your community to help identify the issue you want to focus on and the story you want to tell.
- State your goal. The Sustainable Development Goal I want to make an impact on is ____. The SDGs are interconnected, so feel free to pick more than one.
- Personalize the SDGs by framing them around the local community issue you identified. For example, if your issue is teen mental health, you might decide that your challenge is something like: “Generate public support for the local teen center in my community,” or “Help people at my school learn how it feels to have depression.” Achieving this could further progress towards several Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, and SDG 4: Quality Education.
Step 2: Choose your tools and start experimenting with immersive storytelling and design
Your MY World 360° story might include one or more of the following:
- Augmented Reality (AR) that brings digital content into our experience of the real world
- Interactive digital games, simulations, or experiences that combine 2D, 3D, or Virtual Reality (VR) elements
- 360° photography or video that immerses viewers in a new experience, point of view, or place
- Photogrammetry and 3D modeling that share natural or cultural artifacts
- Or something else—show us what’s possible! Check out the 360° Production Guide for resources to get you started.
Step 3: Plan your story
You’ve explored the Sustainable Development Goals and discussed with your community what issues are most important. Now it’s time to find the story you want to tell and how to tell it. Consider the following questions as you develop your MY World 360º project:
Whose story do you want to tell?
- Will it be the story of an individual, group, or a community?
- What makes this individual, group, or community special?
- From whose perspective will you tell the story?
How might you inspire ACTION for positive change?
- What issues does your community face? Who do these issues affect, and how?
- What (if anything) is already being done to address them?
- What more needs to be done? What could inspire action to make change?
- Who could be part of taking action and finding solutions? How might you help people learn something new?
- What would you like to teach others about the issues featured in your project?
- How can you create an effective learning experience using immersive storytelling or design?
How does your message or the story you want to tell relate to the SDGs?
- It may be helpful to imagine your story as one narrative or chapter in a larger collection of stories about people with similar experiences. What unique perspective do you think your story can add to the global narrative of stories about people with similar experiences?
Step 4: Produce your media
Once you have an idea of the issue you want to work on and the story you want to tell, it’s time to create your media! When you think about media you would like to make, ask yourself or discuss with your peers:
- What is your story concept or idea?
- Who are you designing it for?
- How do you want them to experience it?
- Why should it be immersive and interactive?
- What is the impact you want your media to have?
Step 5: Share your message
Add your media to the global MY World 360° collection. Share your media with us via www.myworld360.org to be considered for special screenings at upcoming UN events, and through social media using the hashtags #MYWorld360 and #Act4SDGs.
Launch an action campaign – You’ve created your MY World 360° media, but you’re not done yet! For your media to make an impact, it’s important to share it in a way that will get the result you want. This means creating an action campaign and thinking about:
- Inputs and resources: what you have on hand that could be useful in your campaign.
- Actions: what you and your team do to run the action campaign.
- Outputs: what results you know you can get from your actions (including targets numbers, etc).
Impacts: the actual change you hope that will come from your actions and outputs (including how you will measure that the change is happening).
Create a viewing guide and resources
Viewing Guide – Create a viewing guide and other resources to accompany your media. For example, 1-2 page flyer or poster to accompany your MY World 360° media could include:
- Title of your project.
- Image or screenshot from your project.
- Brief Artist Statement with information such as: Why did you choose this topic? What impact do you want your media to have? What did you learn from the experience?
- Discussion questions. What interesting discussions might be sparked by your media?
- Credits. Include a list of all the students who contributed to the project and their roles. This is also a great place to thank anyone else who contributed to its creation.
- Artist photo. A group photo or individual headshots of the creators.
Behind-the-Scenes Storytelling – Did you take photos or video footage while creating your media? Create a “making of” video or blog post. Immersive storytelling and design is unique and stories are a great way to reach viewers who could be motivated to experience your media.
How-To Guides – Did you learn new skills while making your media? Help others by sharing your expertise in the form of a screencast or how-to guide to reinforce the skills you just learned.
Host a local showcase – You’ve worked hard on your project! Take time to celebrate your work. Below are some tips for creating a local exhibition or festival to share it.
Schedule – Pick a time, date and location for your event.
Publicize – Invite friends, family, and others from your community to attend. Create a poster or banner for the event, or for each of the media projects you will be sharing.
Set-Up – Create a space that’s conducive to having viewers engage with the media and interact with any producers who are there.
Share – Immersive storytelling and design is new for many people. Consider how you will orient the group and individual viewers on how to interact with your media.
Connect – Interact with participants. If using VR headsets, how will you support viewers to engage with each other when the headset comes off? Facilitate discussion to allow participants to ask them questions and discuss the experience as a full group.
Celebrate – Have fun! Finishing your project was a big accomplishment!
Thank you for being part of MY World 360° and inspiring action towards a better world for all – we can’t wait to see what you create!