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The significance of plot without conflict [in biz storytelling]

The significance of plot without conflict [in biz storytelling] | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it
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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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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How Do People Use Virtual Assistants on Their Smartphones?

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Usage varies by generation

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Marketing to Gen Xers? Here's What They're Watching on YouTube

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Gen Xers account for over 1.5B views every day on YouTube. See new research on what kinds of content they're watching.

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Obviously Awesome: a product positioning exercise – Hacker Noon

Obviously Awesome: a product positioning exercise – Hacker Noon | Digital Brand Marketing | Scoop.it

Deliberate positioning puts your strengths front and centre


The unique greatness of our offerings often feels obvious to folk inside the company. We have a ready answer to the question — “Why should a customer choose us?” Yet, if we ask customers the same question, they often find the differences between what we offer and what other companies offer hard to understand. This problem happens because we do not put our unique strengths at the centre of our positioning. Instead we position ourselves in the market we started in, even after our products have evolved well beyond that.


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malek's curator insight, February 17, 9:50 AM

Interesting review of the positioning in your marketing plan