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The significance of plot without conflict [in biz storytelling]

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In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot... (holy guac, this is an awesome article!

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Os Ishmael's insight:

Now here's a fascinating 'shake 'em up" article about storytelling and conflict.

 

The basic premis is that in storytelling -- and in biz storytelling -- we are told conflict is absolutely necessary to have to be successful. This article says "Maybe not."

 

The author, who is not named, talks about Western and non-western story models. In the end, not all stories need to be about conflict.

 

Just like all stories don't need to be about a hero (shock, gasp! But it is true).

 

They can instead be about contrast and exploration. Stories can be about community instead of a lone hero.

 

So this article is just a reminder to get out of our storytelling straightjackets and our western myopia.

 

It gets me thinking about my own biz stories. Do I have any that DO NOT contain conflict? Surprise surprise -- yes. And I could craft them to be even more compelling by not getting sucked into adding conflict.

 

Hmmmm -- now that's food for thought and a fun thing to play with!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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Puneet Gupta's curator insight, January 9, 2013 4:36 AM

Now here's a fascinating 'shake 'em up" article about storytelling and conflict.

 

The basic premis is that in storytelling -- and in biz storytelling -- we are told conflict is absolutely necessary to have to be successful. This article says "Maybe not."

 

The author, who is not named, talks about Western and non-western story models. In the end, not all stories need to be about conflict.

 

Just like all stories don't need to be about a hero (shock, gasp! But it is true).

 

They can instead be about contrast and exploration. Stories can be about community instead of a lone hero.

 

So this article is just a reminder to get out of our storytelling straightjackets and our western myopia.

 

It gets me thinking about my own biz stories. Do I have any that DO NOT contain conflict? Surprise surprise -- yes. And I could craft them to be even more compelling by not getting sucked into adding conflict.

 

Hmmmm -- now that's food for thought and a fun thing to play with!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Karen Dietz's comment, January 9, 2013 2:22 PM
Yes Ozzie, we are constantly telling our stories! There is so much variety in story structures and types of stories. I agree, we need to see storytelling as an expansive experience instead of narrowing down our options to a few types and structures! Thanks for your comment :)
Karen Dietz's comment, January 9, 2013 2:22 PM
Thank you Os and Puneet.
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