We all can recognise and celebrate the power of story, however is the same recognition given to the ethical responsibilities of the story catcher? I believe that story is sacred and attention must be given to the ethics of collecting and sharing the individual and community’s story.
Authentic storytelling highlights issues and encourages people to share information. Few would deny that authentic stories have the potential to drive considerable social impact. These stories are stories for purpose.
Over the next couple of blogs I will be taking a look at ‘Stories for Purpose’; what are they, how do we capture them, and how and when do we use them.
“Stories are just data with soul” Brene Brown
Research, monitoring, evaluation and reporting are all about the data, the facts. The question is how can we best communicate these facts?
Researchers and evaluators spend a lot of time thinking about what they want to tell an audience, however not so much time spent on the how.
Information is often delivered using long and comprehensive written reports, factual PowerPoint presentations, excel spread sheets, graphs etc.
How many people read these reports? how engaged are they? and how can we do it differently to better engage our audience?
The Centenary Service and March was the largest I have ever attended. Perhaps the 100 years was the reason for the large turn outs or perhaps it is that ANZAC Day signifies our countries values of courage, mateship, and sacrifice. Values that have great meaning for us and our sense of national identity.
On the weekend I attended the World Premier of ‘Chookman the Movie’ by a filmmaker and friend from France, Marc Cousins. This movie is about a man from the Riverland in South Australia who had the courage to build ‘the boat of his dreams’ and live a life true to himself, and not the life others expected of him. Looking at his boat and hearing his laugh you may think that he is crazy – but NO, he is far from crazy - he is contented and on purpose.
The last few months has seen the entire world enraptured by Pharrell’s “Happy,” and they’re dancing it out in joyful videos from Paris to Hong Kong -- just in time for March 20th's International Day of Happiness.
The song got me thinking what is it that happy people do differently.
I think happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They do and think differently - they have formed happy habits, heres a few of them.
Sharing stories is possibly one of the most important ways we have of communicating with each other. It is how we share our hopes and fears, dreams, and passions and what we believe and value as well as what we do not.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing the with you the next two sessions. These Prezis will only be up for a very limited time so please share these sessions with your community.