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Unlocking the transformative potential of storytelling

Unlocking the transformative potential of storytelling | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

When people connect to political issues through personal stories, they see them in a different way. They don’t just see democracy in the abstract, they see ‘my democracy.’ The transformative potential of storytelling is written into the fabric of our lives.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Each community has its own traditions of storytelling, from elders sitting around the fire to the latest story hubs on social media. We hear stories every day, and we tell them every day: to friends, partners, children and grandchildren.  Stories are everywhere. It’s clear that they are used to make meaning and communicate with one another, but how do stories contribute to personal and political transformation, to democracy and social justice?


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Kavita Yadav's curator insight, April 27, 1:39 AM

Absolutely agree that story telling is a very powerful transformation tool. You can make the audience open and awake to the idea of thinking and giving them a food for thought. I love storytelling activities :)   

ToKTutor's curator insight, April 27, 3:04 AM

Title 5: The power of stories: they emotionally engage us to change our perspectives about issues in the search for knowledge.

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The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

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Humans have been telling stories for thousands of years, sharing them orally even before the invention of writing. In one way or another, much of people’s lives are spent telling stories—often about other people. In her paper “Gossip in Evolutionary Perspective,” evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar found stories’ direct relevance to humans: Social topics—especially gossip—account for 65 percent of all human conversations in public places.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Stories can be a way for humans to feel that we have control over the world. They allow people to see patterns where there is chaos, meaning where there is randomness. Humans are inclined to see narratives where there are none because it can afford meaning to our lives—a form of existential problem-solving.


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Barbara Ganley's curator insight, December 10, 2014 9:03 AM

No new ground, but useful

Michael Dunn's curator insight, December 19, 2014 1:48 AM
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Imagination, emotion, the arts: Why do we tell stories?

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, December 24, 2014 9:14 AM

Stories and novels allow us to identify behavioral patterns, emotional styles or, on the other hand, identify ourselves with a character. That's the reason why humans have a natural preference for storytelling, because it has the power to transfer and communicate powerful symbolic lessons.

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The Clues to a Great Story

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A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. 
A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation


So, uh, how do you tell one?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Andrew Stanton Ted Talk: The clues to a great story.

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8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations

8 Classic Storytelling Techniques for Engaging Presentations | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky.


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Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. HT @Nik Peachey. 

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Chris Shern's curator insight, February 17, 11:24 AM

Very useful article with practical explaination including actual video examples.

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How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales

How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales | Knowledge Broker | Scoop.it

Hans Christian Andersen used a singular talent of listening to lift himself out of poverty and into international celebrity, becoming one of history’s greatest storytellers.

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