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Intro to storytelling in the workplace (includes resources specific to University of MI)

Intro to storytelling in the workplace (includes resources specific to University of MI)

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  • 1.  The universe is made of stories, not atoms. —Muriel Rukeyser The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in. —Harold Goddard
  • 2.  I have not failed. I have found ten thousand ways that wont work. —Thomas Edison If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they dont have to worry about answers. — Thomas Pynchon There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories. —Ursula K. LeGuin
  • 3.  Events Linked in sequence Across time According to a plot
  • 4.  Overarching big stories that set parameters for personal, local, national stories. Examples:  Competition  Economic growth  Life as a garden or life as a machine  Rugged individualism  “It takes a village”
  • 5.  We are story-making beings. We organize our lives through stories The meaning of events comes from the stories people tell themselves and each other about those events
  • 6.  The same events can be storied in a variety of ways—and that makes a difference in how life is experienced Stories are maps Any story highlights certain things and obscures otherswww.narrativetherapychicago.com
  • 7. http://www.storyatwork.com/documents/4ElementsofStory_BobDickman.pdf
  • 8.  In almost every aspect of management and organization, storytelling has a role. The reason: stories are often what compel us to act. Storytelling: Data with soul! http://www.intervista-institute.com/os.php
  • 9.  Strategic stories:  People can picture them, remember them and retell them.  Tell us “Why?” and convey emotion.  Inspire people to take action in accordance with the new strategy.http://www.anecdote.com.au/whitepapers.php?wpid=23
  • 10.  Spark action Communicate who the leaders are Communicate who the organization is (branding) Transmit values
  • 11.  Foster collaboration (develop shared perspectives) Tame the grapevine Share knowledge Lead people into the future http://www.stevedenning.com/Documents/Leader-Ch-1.pdf
  • 12. http://www.stevedenning.com/Documents/Leader-Ch-1.pdf
  • 13.  digital story (dig·i·tal sto·ry) A short, first person video-narrative created by combining recorded voice, still and moving images, and music or other sounds. digital storyteller (dig·i·tal sto·ry·tell·er) Anyone who has a desire to document life experience, ideas, or feelings through the use of story and digital media. http://www.storycenter.org/
  • 14.  the practice of combining narrative with digital content, including images, sound, and video, to create a short movie, typically with a strong emotional component. can be interactive movies with highly produced audio and visual effects--but a set of slides with corresponding narration or music constitutes a basic digital story. can be instructional, persuasive, historical, or reflective.http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7021.pdf
  • 15.  the application of technology to the age-old experience of sharing personal narratives. What’s new is the growing availability of sophisticated tools, as well as a maturing infrastructure to disseminate such content. Growth of multimedia applications will place greater power into the hands of more people, allowing richer digital stories.
  • 16. Deep Water by Cindy Lollar
  • 17.  Center for the Education of Women MPortfolio Patricia Anderson’s (U-M librarian) blog about her experience with digital storytelling Careers at UMHS U-M News Service example: A tree grows on the Diag
  • 18.  Center for Digital Storytelling Digital Storytelling Cookbook Four story-based practices to foster insight The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling (Steve Denning) Storytelling at Work: Leadership strategies for achieving change