By truly focusing on reconstructing the Storytellers real, richer and fuller story, you, by default promote the good work of your organisation's support of the storyteller. Sharing someone's story should not have a primary focus of promoting ourselves, our organisations but rather to wake the storyteller up from their unconscious self-bias and self-defeating algorithms of inner life.
By focusing solely on this we do two extra things in the most beautiful and authentic way….
TeaTalks are a series of recorded and analysed conversations and debates (yes we will be filming and taking photos) that create actionable (doable) outcomes. The concept is to hold open debates that flow rather than setting formally structured interview questions. I uses a creative approach to an Asset Based Community development Model to generate personal, interpersonal, community and social change from the Grassroots up, not the Top layers down.
There are a lot of artists in my local community, some do arty things and some do community art things. I work with the few that use art directly to improve the mental health and well-being in people. Community Freelance & Artists often do not have teams around them and as such may struggle to have a supervisory style process to help them reflect and revalue the work that they do. I provide a service for these awesome, creative, maverick lone workers.
Yeah, this is me. More precisely this is me aged 9. One thing that has been consistent in my life. circa 1981 to today is obviously that my homemade haircut hasn't improved any. I'm 46 now (it's 2019) I work for myself, I work with stories as both an art and a therapy. This is a simple little timeline story to explain a bit more about me and how my story has unfolded from my first community made magazine aged 11 to lead me to the work that I do now.
This is a little story about The Journal of Kane.D.Dodgson. Yes, this is my Journal, I decided to create a journal rather than a portfolio because my life is more than just the work that I do. As well as my community and story work, I also have thoughts, feelings, personal lived experience, a love for travel and adventure, an interest in mysteries, life after death, technology, art, dogs, productivity and much more. Here you can find out a bit more detail about my journal if you are curious to know more.
StoryWork is a term that I use to describe the eclectic work that I do with people, communities and organisations. To be honest, It's quite a broad categorisation. StoryWork can range from simple storytelling projects to more complex problem solving and evaluation processes. The common denominator in all is the use of conversation, reflection and storytelling and to tell those stories in creative ways. One thing that is clear is that by using reflective personal stories I am able to help people, communities and organisations achieve several positive outcomes.
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.