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How old are fairy tales, really??

How old are fairy tales, really?? | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
When the Brothers Grimm collected fairy tales in the 19th century, Wilhelm suggested that many dated back thousands, rather than the accepted view of just hundreds, of years. Researchers believe they have now proved him right. While two of the best-known tales, “Beauty and the Beast” and “Rumplestiltskin”, were written down in the 17th and 18th centuries, new research using mathematical modelling has traced them back 4,000 years and they are not even the oldest. 
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's time for some Friday Fun. Just how old are fairy tales, BTW? Turns out far older than you think.


I found this article which is based on recent research by Folklorists and Anthropologists. It's a testament to the tenacity, vibrancy, and longevity of oral storytelling.


Here's another fun fact: the Cinderella story has been collected in both China and among Native Americans -- without any clear lines of transmission. In other words, the story shows up independently in many many cultures. The story is as old as dirt (or should I say ashes?), reflecting how truly connected we are as humans. Different cultures even come up with the same stories!


Enjoy this quick read and have a happy weekend!


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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Necessity of Folklore & Stories--For Biz Folks Too!

Necessity of Folklore & Stories--For Biz Folks Too! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Rafe Martin is a professional storyteller and award-winning author of books for adults and children.
Karen Dietz's insight:

My colleague Rafe Martin recently posted this blog which offers incredible insights about stories and folklore that are applicable both personally and professionally for all of us in business.


As a folklorist myself, it is not easy to link folklore to business -- and I've been doing this for 25+ years! Rafe does a masterful job. I'll share some quotes from the article to entice you to read the entire post:


"There is no little man or woman inside our skulls giving directions. In essence the human interior we live within, that realm of compelling thoughts, attitudes, judgments -- the ones we listen to, are guided by and which shape our lives -- is built of dreams, and those dreams seem to remain astonishingly constant throughout human cultures and time. Those dreams form, and are formed by, folklore." These dreams are present in your business, forming continuity and stability between past, present and future as we strive to create and bring new products/services to the marketplace. Knowing this keeps us grounded.


"Folklore maps the territory, shows us the roads before us, and sets us free to walk the roads we choose-after allowing us to experience each road for ourselves. For, in stories, folk stories, all the characters are so universal as to be not individual characters as in fiction, but more generally recognizable aspects of our own psyches; characters common to all. Which is why the one voice, of one storyteller, can carry and reveal them." Well crafted business stories speak to universal life themes and common characters. Our business stories -- while not folktales -- are pieces of folklore in their own right.


"In other words we, our psyches, NEED folklore. Our psyches are folklore. To lose folklore is not just to lose a few stories. It is to lose a realm of imagination we need to understand our lives, and even to survive." And what is business without imagination? Drudgery!


"TV relaxes us, helps us forget the days’ burdensome decisions and tasks. A necessary ally these days. In many ways it has become the folklore of the time. Yet it does not do what true tales do-it does not restore us. It does not open the mind to wonder. It does not create multi-leveled images that you can chew on your whole life." Our biz stories, when well crafted, move beyond what I call junk-food stories, and can provide context and meaning that we can chew on for a long time. 


"Of our own interior. Folktales are the first true simulations and are more interactive than any computer game." Get unplugged once in awhile. Attend a storytelling festival to get renewed and refreshed (http://storynet.org/events/calendar.php). It's soul food :)


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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Karen Dietz's comment, September 7, 2013 11:28 AM
Glad you found value in the post David! I think there are many lessons buried in here for businesses to take to heart.
Carol Sherriff's comment, September 7, 2013 11:49 AM
A great article and thanks to Karen for scooping it. When I am facilitating business projects its amazing how often Robin Hood (partly because my surname's Sherriff), King Arthur all the folklore comes to life - and heaven forbid if you don't know the different lore in England, Scotland and Wales. And yet this is a subject very hard to talk about in business.
Karen Dietz's comment, September 7, 2013 1:07 PM
My pleasure Carol and I agree about knowing the Robin Hood folklore! It can get tricky. I think it is very cool how folklore makes it into your client work because of your last name :)
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From the Brothers Grimm: Leadership Lessons For All

From the Brothers Grimm: Leadership Lessons For All | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Fairy tales help children to answer basic existential questions, like who am I, what is the good life, where do I belong? Through fairy tales they learn to navigate reality and survive in a world full of ambiguities and dangers.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Now here's an unusual piece that makes a lot of great points about the universal truths imbedded in fairy tales, and leadership wisdom.


The article is written by Manfred Kets de Vries of INSEAD. Here's one truth he shares:


"On a deeper level fairy tales can touch on humankind’s deepest fears and desires and be a source of inspiration. By identifying with characters in fairy tales, executives can come to better understand their own internal struggles and turn into more self-aware leaders."


There's more in his discussion of the fairy tale in the leader's journey (and it's not about the hero), and a section on the 5 Deadly Dangers of Leadership.


Go read it now for a different twist on business storytelling.


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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David Hain's curator insight, May 21, 2015 1:15 PM

Interesting leadership take from Manfred Kets de Vries!

Ian Berry's curator insight, May 21, 2015 9:19 PM

Indeed lessons for all in this. I like the 5 leadership dangers particularly the first one about self-knowledge. Everyone can be a leader. Key is being and being requires remarkable self-awareness. The reason most leadership development programs in business schools and organisations fail to produce remarkable leaders is because the focus is on doing more than being.

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