AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
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Conscious Storytelling For Decreasing Conflict, Violence, and War

Conscious Storytelling For Decreasing Conflict, Violence, and War | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
America's transition from a violent, war-like country will only come about if a compelling vision for peace is articulated and communicated widely, and results in a new social movement for peace.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 9, 2015 12:04 PM

In business we periodically talk about the role of storytellers and the critical role they play in consciously shaping thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs -- mostly as it relates to employee and corporate performance, i.e. culture.


But maybe in the wake of all the recent mass shootings, all of us -- individuals and companies -- need to up our storytelling game and claim our role as shapers around conflict more directly. 


Hence this article by Peter Coleman, Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia Univ. who wrote this piece for the Huffington Post. He gives us 6 ways any one of us can shape conversations that lead us to a more peaceful workplace and world.


Read the well-written article for all the details -- and the eye-opening stats he shares.


Each of these 6 activities can guide our storytelling:

  1. Stories of tolerance, goodwill, and collaboration
  2. Stories of communities banding together to successfully overcome an obstacle (instead of a lone hero)
  3. Stories of independent folks cooperating together on a project and how it worked so well
  4. Stories of non-warring people/cultures
  5. Stories of symbols and rituals of promoting non-violence
  6. Stories of conflicts that were constructive; stories of how to move conflict from being destructive to constructive


We already have a multitude of stories in each of these 6 buckets. Now, more than ever, we need to tell them, and more widely.


Sadly, Coleman is already receiving hateful comments on his writing. Hate is easy. What is noble, and brings out the best in us as human beings takes work. Saying war is a part of our innate biology that we can't do anything about is a cop out.


For those who think I'm clueless about war, I grew up the daughter of a career Army officer, my dad survived Korea and Vietnam, I've been around generals and senior officers and the military industrial complex all my life, my dad (a tank engineer) had a significant role in creating the Abrams tank (the most successful tank ever), helped redesign the ballistics missile system in Europe in the 1970s, and when we were in Europe we lived with a "red phone" in our house so Dad could get the latest intelligence on terrorist activities. So I'm hardly a stranger to the culture of war. Conflict will always be with us, as will the military. 


Yet each one of us can work to make a difference by consciously choosing stories like those above as an antidote to war. Let's do it. Game on.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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How To Tell A Story -- Story Wars 10 Simple Strategies

This is a Change This PDF that you can view here:

http://changethis.com/manifesto/98.01.StoryWars/pdf/98.01.StoryWars.pdf ;

 

I'm curating this because I like it and I don't like it -- and it is worth taking a look at the assumptions going on in this piece so we can get really smart.

 

This piece was put together by Jonathan Sachs, author of Winning The Story Wars. Sachs comes from the world of marketing and branding and this is reflected in his point of view.

 

Let's get what I don't like out of the way so I can chat about what I do like. Here is what puts my teeth on edge:


1. Sachs states that "we live in a world that has lost its connection to traditional myths and we are now trying to find new ones..." Welllllllll, if your slice of reality is the Hollywood, advertising, and branding world it is easy to get sucked into this notion. But we know from Jung, other psychologists, Folklorists, Anthroplogists, and neuroscience how this is not true. There is great irony in this "myth" that Sachs is perpetuating.


2. We are engaged in a war. Hmmmmm. Well, for millenium people have wanted to gain the attention of other people -- so nothing new there. Is this a war?  Could be. But if we are wanting to employ the power of storytelling to find solutions and create change as Sachs advocates, then war does not speak to the greater good but instead speaks to winners and losers where ongoing resentment is inherently built in. That sounds like the perpetuation of war -- same old same old. 

 

3. Sach's relationship to storytelling is still at the transactional level -- I'll tell you a story and you'll do what I want. While what he really wants it seems is storytelling at the transformational level. That requires a different mind-set and different story skills -- deep listening, engagement, story sharing, etc. And he completely ignores the relational level of storytelling.


4. Reliance on the Hero's Journey as the only story archetype to follow. Well, that's a narrow slice of reality and one geared towards youth. Yet other story archetypes are desperately needed: King/Queen, Trickster, Magician for example in order to affect change.

 

5. As a result, his 10 simple strategies stay at the transactional level with a few geared towards transformation (figure out what you stand for, declare your moral, reveal the moral). Now any great professional storyteller will tell you these that I've mentioned are essential for any compelling storytelling session. So they land in both worlds of transactional and transformational storytelling.


OK -- on to what I do like!


If you want to be heard, you'd better learn to tell better stories. The solutions to our significant problems these days depends on our ability to tell great stories and inspire people to think differently. Storytelling does not take long to learn, but it does take a lifetime to master, Know what a story is and is not Our abilitiy to disseminate stories is greater now than in the past -- because of technology. That is just a reminder to expend your use of different channels in sharing your stories that are now available to us.

 

Enough! Go read this piece yourself and decide what you think about it. It's a quick read.

 

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


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Meri Walker's comment, September 20, 2012 1:15 PM
Well, Karen! You made my day offering this terrific new Scoop. I'm enriched by the way you think, Karen. Especially about story... I guess we get really "bent" in a certain way by anthropological training and it's still pretty rare to find others who are looking through the kinds of filters you and I have installed in Mind. De-light-ful learning with and from you!
Jane Dunnewold's comment, April 8, 2013 4:42 PM
I'm behind the curve on this one, being new to scoop it - but as a teacher/artist I have to agree with your observation that delving into other archetypes would present rich opportunities to "language" storytelling in lots of environments. I use archetypes to get at the fears and struggles artists face in my workshops - and they aren't all about the hero's path! The Damsel in Distress is one that comes to mind...
Karen Dietz's comment, April 8, 2013 4:56 PM
I agree Jane. Archetypes can be so helpful in many ways. One of the ones I love for artists is the Trickster archetype, and the Magician. LOL on the 'damsel in distress'! Time to go put my 'big girl' panties on and deal with the next challenge :)