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How Storytelling Saved My Memories

Storytelling has the capacity to bring everyone together in celebration of the weird, funny, humiliating, scary, and heartbreaking stories that make up our lives. For me, it has been a key to unlocking my own history, and given me the confidence to attempt new, even more intimidating challenges (hello, Feministe!). The more secure I am with myself, the better a role model I am for my daughter, and the more comfortable I am thinking about the hard conversations that lie ahead for the two of us.

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Live Streaming from the National Storytelling Festival • News • International Storytelling Center

Live Streaming from the National Storytelling Festival • News • International Storytelling Center | Story Route | Scoop.it
The International Storytelling Center is dedicated to inspiring and empowering people everywhere to capture and tell their stories, listen to the stories of others, and use storytelling to produce positive change.
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The Simple Science To Good Storytelling

The Simple Science To Good Storytelling | Story Route | Scoop.it
Listening to a compelling story activates different parts of the brain, and luckily putting together a good tale isn't always that difficult.
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First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate.

First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate. | Story Route | Scoop.it
Felipe Matos told his story in three words: "I am undocumented." It was an act of desperation—but it gave him a sense of agency and power.
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Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style

Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style | Story Route | Scoop.it
The viral success of "The Meatrix" shows how a good story trumps a mountain of facts.
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How to Keep People on Your Site: Tell Stories

How to Keep People on Your Site: Tell Stories | Story Route | Scoop.it
At any moment in time there are more than twenty different distractions fighting for your audience’s attention. Advertisements are everywhere trying to pull our attention to endorse a certain produ…
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The Telling Room is Engaging Youth with the Power of Storytelling

The Telling Room is Engaging Youth with the Power of Storytelling | Story Route | Scoop.it
“We’ve found that writing is an incredibly powerful tool to help students change their lives,” says Heather Davis, executive director at the Telling Room, a nonprofit youth writing center based in ...
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Narrative Medicine Heals Bodies and Souls

Narrative Medicine Heals Bodies and Souls | Story Route | Scoop.it
Storytelling provides health benefits, known as Narrative Medicine. Through a Cherokee healer, doctors have found a better way of treating patients and pointing them toward recovery. The story, not just medical history, but a spiritual and personal journey.
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StoryTelling: The Fundamental of Crowdfunding

StoryTelling: The Fundamental of Crowdfunding | Story Route | Scoop.it

People are inherently drawn to stories and can become heavily invested in the story as the story progresses. This concept can be applied to your crowdfunding campaigns. Instead of thinking “pitch your audience”, try to tell the story behind the campaign. To better engage your audience, we suggest you tell the story based on 1 or more of Aristotle’s principles.

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Some good advice from the FundRazr people.

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Crowd-sourced storytelling: how can you make the most of UGC?

Crowd-sourced storytelling: how can you make the most of UGC? | Story Route | Scoop.it
The results of a survey of more than 1100 people discovers how they'd like to participate in storytelling, what they'd be willing to contribute and what they'd hope to receive in return Click here to view the infographic
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Live storytelling packs a powerful punch – Richard Hamilton – Aeon

Live storytelling packs a powerful punch – Richard Hamilton – Aeon | Story Route | Scoop.it
Even in our digital age, live storytelling has a spellbinding effect more potent than any DVD box set
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Wanna change the world? Change the story!

Wanna change the world? Change the story! | Story Route | Scoop.it
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How do we change the story on a global level? This is a quick guide to some of the people working to do just that.

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The dare of memoir

"What matters is not so much what happened, but the sensitivity with which you absorbed the experience and the ways in which it continues to inform and color your life now.".


Via Gene Bodzin, Sharon Bakar
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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, December 18, 2013 3:04 PM

Your life is a congeries of stories. When you set out to write memoir, your job is to come to grips with one of those stories, then to write about it in such a way that it will make sense to others. Easier to theorize about than to do.

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I've just started my memoir about the years I spent as a reluctant farmer. This piece really speaks to me.
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It Gets Better: Personal Stories Help Bullied Kids Through Tough Times - Reading Rainbow

It Gets Better: Personal Stories Help Bullied Kids Through Tough Times - Reading Rainbow | Story Route | Scoop.it
By Ted Farley, Executive Director of the It Gets Better Project Every year, when the sun sets on the first Monday of September, I’m overwhelmed by a sense of foreboding.
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Three Common Storytelling Mistakes To Avoid

Three Common Storytelling Mistakes To Avoid | Story Route | Scoop.it
I blog often – and the world is in enthusiastic agreement – about the need to tell stories to get attention and be remembered. And I often talk about the five fundamental stories: the Quest that Hollywood knows so well, and the four others that are just as fundamental to [...]
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4 Essential Elements of Storytelling

4 Essential Elements of Storytelling | Story Route | Scoop.it
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Some good advice for non-profits wanting to tell their stories effectively.

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Out of the Tunnel and Into the Light of Peace | National Storytelling Network Blog

Out of the Tunnel and Into the Light of Peace | National Storytelling Network Blog | Story Route | Scoop.it
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Perspective from Northern Ireland

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How to Keep People on Your Site: Tell Stories

How to Keep People on Your Site: Tell Stories | Story Route | Scoop.it
At any moment in time there are more than twenty different distractions fighting for your audience’s attention. Advertisements are everywhere trying to pull our attention to endorse a certain produ…
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Digital Storytelling for Social Impact (SSIR)

Digital Storytelling for Social Impact (SSIR) | Story Route | Scoop.it
A new study shows what nonprofits need to harness the power of narrative and networks to enhance their reach, resources, and impact.
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Stories to inspire change

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View Macky and UMC Center Ballroom sessions.
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Three storytellers share inspiring stories and talk about what makes a story compelling. 

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Why storytelling is charity's best weapon for good

Why storytelling is charity's best weapon for good | Story Route | Scoop.it
Nonprofit groups are rich in stories with authenticity and emotional connection — the kind of stuff that corporate advertisers can only envy.
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The Value Of Storytelling

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The Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave tells the heartbreaking story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery. Host Michel Martin reflects on all the powerful, personal stories around us.
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Patients' stories used to improve care on hospital wards

Patients' stories used to improve care on hospital wards | Story Route | Scoop.it
A research project is showing how patient experiences can be used to improve healthcare -- not through targets and surveys, but by getting doctors, nurses and patients talking together about care on the ward. Videos of patients talking about care they received at various hospitals are used to trigger a discussion between staff, managers, patients and family members about the ward where they are. Ideas for change are prioritized and staff and patients work together as partners to introduce them.
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Great Transition Stories

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The stories we tell shape our view of ourselves and the path we take through this time of collective awakening and global turning. We have the ability to consciously choose narratives that offer realistic beacons of hope to guide our way through the Great Transition. The following stories are drawn from many sources--biology, psychology, cosmology, mythology, and more--and offer a wide menu to choose from in crafting guiding narratives, whether personal or organizational.

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A fascinating look at the stories we need for a transition to "global turning".

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A novel look at how stories may change the brain

A novel look at how stories may change the brain | Story Route | Scoop.it
Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life.
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As a former librarian and storyteller, I have witnessed the impact of books on people and have certainly experienced it in my own life.

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