Storytelling for Community Planning

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  • 1. STORYTELLING FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING
    : AN OVERVIEW :
  • 2.
  • 3. watchingthe slideshow
    gather a group (if possible)
    download the worksheet
    http://www.orton.org/resources/hs_handbook/storytelling
    3. start the slideshow
    4. pause and watch stories
    5. complete the exercises
    6. give us feedback
  • 4. wherewe’re headed
    first half
    setting the stage
    definitions & context
    why storytelling matters
    values & issues
    challenges
    second half
    the tour
  • 5. setting the stage
    When we dream alone,
    it’s just a dream.
    But when we dream together,
    it’s the beginning of a
    new reality.
    : Brazilian proverb :


    Original Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattpettengill/2880947744/
  • 6. {PAUSE}
    http://bit.ly/mnwt1o
    View Damariscotta’s Story : :
    to be human
    is to sharestories
  • 7. definitions and context
    STORY
    thepersonal expression of our experienceswith
    placeandcommunity
    STORYTELLING
    the act and process of
    sharing and listening
    to story
  • 8. story
  • 9. {PAUSE}
    view Biddeford’s digital story : : http://youtu.be/p77OpPlN1Xg
    Biddeford’s Palace Diner
  • 10. storytelling
  • 11. why storytelling matters

    At first I was skeptical about telling stories and getting the feelings of the community.
    I thought,‘We kind of know all of that.’
    As it has developed, I think that [storytelling] worked for a lot of folks in town,and it helps bridge that gap between newcomers and old-timers. Those activities worked.
    : Victor, Idaho citizen :

  • 12. {PAUSE}
    view the slideshow celebration of stories : :
    http://tinyurl.com/starksborostories
    what
    can storytelling
    do
    for us
    ?
  • 13. the storyspiral
    build
    trust
    listen
    celebrate
    share
  • 14. imagine…
  • 15. {PAUSE}
    exercise in storytelling : : map your connection
  • 16. values and issues
    the cycle of stories
    in Damariscotta, Maine
  • 17. story-to-values
    in Victor, Idaho
  • 18. stories supportreflection anddialogue
  • 19. story focus
    non-physical
    human community
    history
    cultural heritage
    spirituality
    physical
    built environment
    natural environments
    geography
    climate
    natural resources
  • 20. {PAUSE}
    exercise in storytelling : : finding values in stories
    hand out 5 sticky notes per person
    think back to the stories you shared earlier
    each person write down, one to a sticky note, 5 values expressed through those stories
    stick all the notes to a wall (or tabletop)
    discuss what patterns emerge -- any surprises?
  • 21. the many
    shapes and sizes
    of heart & soul stories
  • 22. considerations
    Whatkinds of stories are you looking to gather?
    How will you gather the stories?
    How will the values and issuesbe identified?
    How will the values and issuesbe confirmed by the community?
    How will the stories be used to spark community dialogue
    & lead to concrete actions?
    How will you share, store and archive the stories?
    How will they live on?
    HOW WILL THE STORIES BE USED?
  • 23. {PAUSE}
    watch Biddeford Voices : :
    http://bit.ly/lZpPcl
    storytelling brings in newvoices
  • 24. storytelling creates connections
  • 25. storytelling builds empathy
  • 26. Wordle of values from Damariscotta storytelling event
    storytelling reveals our values
  • 27. storytelling
    teaches us the consequences of our actions
  • 28. storytelling can give ushope for the future
  • 29. storytelling engages youth
  • 30. storytellingtransforms planning
  • 31. storytelling isaction
  • 32. recap:
    what can stories and storytelling do for us?
    RECAP: What Can Stories & Storytelling Do for Us?
    lessons of the past
    realities of the present
    hopes for the future
    community engagement
    reconciliation
    sense of belonging
  • 33. {PAUSE}
    discussion : : reasons for storytelling
    which of these reasons
    resonate
    with you
    and what you
    know of
    your community?
  • 34. at the
    of a project, stories:
    celebrate community
    invite the full community to participate
    build trust and relationships
    highlight common ground
    identify values
  • 35. in the
    of a project, stories:
    reach out to groups that have yet to participate
    bring groups together from across community divides
    continue to celebrate the community
    focus on specific values, themes and issues
  • 36. at the
    of a project, stories:
    ground planning processes in community experience
    diffuse tension during challenging meetings
    celebrate community
    continue to engage the community
    gather detailed information about values & themes
    acknowledge and reflect on accomplishments
    promote action
  • 37. challenges
    Original photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/yinto/3213182939
  • 38. moving beyond the past while honoring it
  • 39. {PAUSE}
    view Golden’s digital story : : http://youtu.be/lSWqyQq6KMg
    Golden storiesfrom past to present
  • 40. {PAUSE}
    discussion : : from the past to the future
    how does your town
    view the past?
    how might that impact
    planning for the future?
  • 41. Original Photo by
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d
    understanding the languages we speak
    what we mean by story | values | themes & issues
  • 42. Moving Slow to Go Fast
    Orton Image Here
    moving slow to go fast
  • 43. listening
    actively
    deeply
    objectively
  • 44. thorny issues and difficult stories
    finding common ground
  • 45. town-wide participation
    vs.
    volunteerburnout
  • 46. finding
    the story
    asking great questions
    finding and entering the space within the story
  • 47. {PAUSE}
    view Victor’s digital story : : http://bit.ly/kBNXqx
    youth interview with Hunter Grosse
  • 48. {PAUSE}
    discussion : : storytelling challenges
    what are some challenges to anticipate
    in your community?
  • 49. the tour
    matching
    stories to the project
  • 50. {PAUSE}
    discussion : : storytelling examples
    share examples
    of community storytelling
    you’ve seen in action.
  • 51. story
    circles
  • 52. neighborhood and city-wide story circles
    site-specific
    events
    walking
    story circles
    celebrations
    thematic
    events
  • 53. story circle challenges
  • 54. story
    interviews
  • 55. {PAUSE}
    view Golden’s video : : http://youtu.be/I6fMOmL1vzA
    Golden stories from past to present
    Golden, Colorado tells its story
  • 56. story interview challenges
  • 57. other audio stories
    personal narratives
    audio theater stories
    on-the-street interviews
    story tours
    the sounds of town
    community radio stories
  • 58. pros and cons of audio stories
    they:
    they need:
  • 59. visual stories
    visual artwork (exhibitions, murals, posters, quilts)
    slide stories
    postcards
    comics
    calendars
    locative installations
    Photo by Caitlin Cusack
    Starksboro’ssign project
  • 60. multimedia
    stories
    text and image
  • 61. solo
    stories
    Vermont Young Writers Project
    Essay Competition
    http://youngwritersproject.org/
    Golden Stories on Community Almanac
    http://communityalmanac.org
  • 62. who is listening?
    solo story challenges
  • 63. not-so-expected stories
    list stories
    sounds of town
    Image-only stories
    poems, maps
    Story mosaics/quilts, wishing walls
    Wish book, traveling storybook
    a day in the life of the town
    story quests
    performance storytelling
    stories in the landscapekiosk
    bulletin board
    [murmur]-type project
    tours
    story boxes, story benches
    Original Photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessedraper
  • 64. {PAUSE}
    discussion : : first reactions to the story types
    which of these types seem like a possible
    match for your community?
    which do you want to
    find out more about?
    visual stories
    story circles
    story interviews
    text stories
    multimedia stories
  • 65. story and community planning
  • 66. There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
    : Meg Wheatley :


  • 67. planning tips
  • 68. unlock your potential www.orton.org