A storytelling approach
life is a story & stories change lives.
Why are our stories important? Often forgotten but never the less, still, a fundamental core ingredient to happiness, wellness and functioning successful communities. For that matter why are the sharing of thoughts and the encouragement of conversations so vitally important to the future of not just our community, but of the social fabric of our planetary future?
I hope that over time we can answer not only these questions but contribute to our communities through the value of story and conversation. In the meantime, I want to just give you a brief introduction to the trans-formative power of story & conversation.
StoryWork & Community conversations
a brief introduction
Sharing our inspirational story creates a space for transforming lives and communities. Story work is both creative & therapeutic. It is the core root of counseling & psychotherapy. It, in itself, has value, is measurable & effective. Storytelling provides everyday people opportunity to share parts of their extraordinary worlds. Sharing story thoughts and ideas has the power to inspire people to take action to change their internal or external world. Personal narratives can touch individuals & communities sparking the magic needed to change thinking as well as change behavior. Story work is effective in increasing compassion & kindness and as a bi-product can motivate against injustice leading to increased participation in civic and political life.
Resilience & Change
Research demonstrates that story work is an effective way to;-
Develop, maintain & improve self-esteem
Improve a person's sense of well-being
Improve organizational health
Develop & strengthen community cohesion
Develop awareness, empathy & compassion
Improve interpersonal communication skills
Story work has the power to inspire people to take action to change their internal or external world. Sharing insights about life is valuable to both those who speak and those who bear witness. None of us are mundane, uninteresting or unmemorable. It is our rich stories that help others & ourselves to see that. Feeling heard meets one of our most primal needs for connection. The lack of connection with others is a primary factor in poor mental health. To feel seen, heard & acknowledged can inspire change in everything. It provides evidence to ourselves that we exist, that we are of value, that we matter. Stories told by others can transform our perceptions of ourselves, our peers & the world around us. Story work is more than art, it is also medicinal.
Sharing stories has the power to make a real difference on;-
an individual inter-personal level
at the community level
at the wider social level
at the institutional or policy level
in both the physical and virtual worlds.
In StoryWork, we combine both the traditional-physical & the modern digital formats. We capture story using a diverse mixture of tools & skills. Examples include; film, oral, audio, spoken word, reflective journals to art, photography & song. We invite you to explore people and community through conversation and to share that with each other and with Journal. Inspire each other to learn from one another. Change begins with the smallest of moments and the humblest of beginnings. Everything, every invention, cause, movement, personal growth, social-political change begins with a thought, that thought is turned into a conversation, a story is created and driven by inspiration.
Chief Tea Drinker at Journal