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Storytelling Overview Workshop for Heart & Soul Communities

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Slides to go with an internet-less presentation for Victor, Idaho's storytelling project.

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Storytelling Overview Workshop for Heart & Soul Communities

  1. 1. Planning a Heart & Soul Storytelling Project An Overview April 6, 2009 Digital Explorations for Orton Family Foundation
  2. 3. Map Your Connection An Exercise in Storytelling
  3. 4. Why Storytelling? "There is no change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." Meg Wheatley "Stories of place do not simply mirror reality; they are subjective accounts of personal interaction with, and perceptions of, the environment, society and economy. It is these interactions and perceptions that indicate past and present sustainable or unsustainable relationships , and thus provide the basis and means for analysis of future sustainable directions of change . The many and diverse regional stories must be told and listened to before they can be weaved and transformed into a new regional story , and before a region can imagine a new and sustainable way into the future. Realising and celebrating a sense of place encourages active citizenship and builds social capital , which is essential for the sustainability of a region, and provides a secure foundation for approaching the future. It could also be a powerful vehicle for reconciliation , with differing groups realising that they are linked by the same sense of concern for and attachment to a region. " K. Longley, 2002, Stories for Sustainability, Sustainability Forum, Perth
  4. 5. What Can Stories & Storytelling Do for Us? Bonding & Bridging *Engaging community *Reconciling rifts *Creating sense of belonging Transmission of Culture *Lessons of the past *Realities of the present *Hopes for the future Refer also to Orton’s Document: Why Storytelling?
  5. 6. Bonding & Bridging Engaging the Community
  6. 7. Top Diagram from A Storytelling Model of Civic Engagement in a Multiethnic Urban Space Yong-Chan Kim http://tinyurl.com/c2mztu
  7. 8. The Story Spiral
  8. 9. Gathering Information: Community Values & How to Act on Them
  9. 10. Do the stories reveal: what we should let go of? what we should hold onto? what we should add? Asking good questions
  10. 11. Sense of Place Physical Built environment Natural environments Geography Climate Natural resources Non-physical Character History Cultural heritage Spirituality Heart & Soul
  11. 12. (Mapping of Community & Setting of H & Soul goals completed; Storytelling Options matched; Storytelling Capacity matched)
  12. 14. Challenges!
  13. 15. Outreach: Engaging the Full Community Locating & Engaging the Hubs Matching story type & scenario to least likely participants
  14. 16. Moving beyond the past
  15. 17. Clear & Precise Articulation of Values, Themes & Issues Language
  16. 18. Active Participation Is anyone listening? Volunteer Burn-out Who is helping? Vs.
  17. 19. Thorny Issues Original Photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattpettengill/2880947744/ Uncomfortable Disruptive Finding Common Ground
  18. 20. The Importance of an Inclusive Process From Glasgow’s Imagining the Future of the City http://www.demos.co.uk/themes/~community/view//pg/2 From a Workshop at Woods Hole http://www.greenmuseum.org/generic_content.php?ct_id=268
  19. 21. Map & Set Goals Consider Story Options: how they match community & goals Get Realistic about Resources & Capacity Plan Waves: Moving from bonding to harvesting to active civic participation The Four Phases
  20. 22. Hour Two: Story Options Scenario where & who & when Media matching type to goals, sharers & resources
  21. 23. Scenario See wiki pages on neighborhood events & story ideas
  22. 24. Storytelling Options Individual Alone “ My Story” One-on-One: “ My story/Her story” Story Circle: “ Our story/stories” WHO WHAT WHY HOW Personal Experience Perspective Insight To give story holder ownership To invite free-flow All media & forms P:Community Almanac Newspapers, bulletin boards,etc. Audio Interviews Digital Stories Written Stories P: All publishing outlets & Layering of Interaction Values harvest To connect/bond To draw story out To make it easy on story holder & Group perspective Contrasting views Common ground Values-to-themes To bond & bridge To focus on the telling To celebrate in the moment & take action Neighborhood City-wide Collaborative Stories P: In-the-moment Collected on maps Co-creation Events: Mosaic & Facilitated Dialogue Value/Theme/Issue Harvest Hybrid events w/data To embed the stories Within the community To celebrate, to bridge To lead to action Theater Murals & Publications Podcast Tours & Kiosks
  23. 25. Text-based Stories <ul><li>Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Community Almanac </li></ul><ul><li>Website/Blog/ wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Self-published book </li></ul><ul><li>Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Community displays: bulletin boards, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Contests: essays, postcard stories </li></ul><ul><li>In combination with visual media & with public readings- </li></ul><ul><li>radio or live events </li></ul>
  24. 26. Minnesota http://ww2.startribune.com/news/variety/voices/flash/index.shtml Vermont Young Writers Project http://youngwritersproject.org/
  25. 27. Community Almanac <ul><li>www.communityalmanac.org </li></ul>
  26. 28. Visual Stories <ul><li>Visual artwork ( exhibitions , murals, posters, quilts etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Slide stories ( online or at events) </li></ul><ul><li>Postcards & ecards </li></ul><ul><li>Comics </li></ul><ul><li>Calendars </li></ul>
  27. 29. Installations <ul><li>Murals </li></ul><ul><li>Vancouver </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.cacv.ca/pages/mural.html </li></ul><ul><li>Face Up: North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>http://cds.aas.duke.edu/faceup/ </li></ul>
  28. 30. Exhibitions: Online and In Town <ul><li>Minnesota </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mnhs.org/exhibits/lakestreet/ </li></ul>Alaska: Making films & screening them
  29. 31. Audio Stories <ul><li>Personal narratives </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews/oral histories </li></ul><ul><li>Story circles </li></ul><ul><li>Audio theater stories </li></ul><ul><li>Story booths & events </li></ul><ul><li>Story tours </li></ul><ul><li>Story klatches </li></ul><ul><li>Community Almanac </li></ul><ul><li>Community radio </li></ul><ul><li>Combined with visual media </li></ul>
  30. 32. Story Tours <ul><li>Murmur Project http://murmurtoronto.ca/ </li></ul>ArtMobs http://mod.blogs.com/art_mobs/ JHKunstler’s Walking Tour of Paris http://kunstlercast.com/shows/KunstlerCast_56_Virtual_Tour_Paris.html
  31. 33. Multimedia Stories Voicethread ; Soundslide ; Collage ; Digital Stories; Hypertext
  32. 34. Digital Stories & Maps Online Tours <ul><li>Alberta Community Walk http://www.communitywalk.com/calgary/alberta/my_first_neighborhood/map/140666 </li></ul><ul><li>Ukiah PlaceMeant </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.storymapping.org/placemeant.html </li></ul>
  33. 35. Youth Engagement <ul><li>Skowhegan, Maine </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.msad54.org/district/placedbaseded/index.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Voices: Arizona Youth </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.voicesinc.org/ </li></ul>
  34. 36. City-wide Story Circles
  35. 37. Using Stories in Facilitated Dialogue Events Meadowlark Institute
  36. 38. Hour Three: Trying it Out
  37. 39. Using role play, harvesting techniques and facilitated dialogue, we’ll explore storytelling as an effective means of bringing people together to share stories, to harvest values, and to thread them into dialogue about the future of the community. A. Story Circle Role Play : Victor Map and Story Hotspots Four participants (preferably four with little or no experience with story circles) will share 2-minute stories about a place on the map that they associate with stories. B. Value Harvest Exercise : What did you hear? Stickies and Wordle. C. Deepening the Harvest Exercise : Relationships, themes and Issues-- Clustering and Sunray charts D. Finding the Issue for a Facilitated Dialogue : Using a simple matrix , we’ll sort the issues, and select one to engage with in a short facilitated dialogue. Story Circles Plus
  38. 40. Harvesting Values
  39. 41. First Round:Stickie Notes & Wordle
  40. 42. Second Round: Grouping & Getting Specific
  41. 43. Third Round: Selecting an Issue & Having a Facilitated Dialogue
  42. 44. Sorting the Issues actionable disruptive urgent less pressing
  43. 45. HOUR FOUR: PLANNING
  44. 46. Mapping Informal & Formal Groups, Identities , Storytelling Capacity
  45. 47. Matching Map to Goals
  46. 48. Other Heart & Soul Approaches
  47. 49. Planning the Waves
  48. 51. Questions? Check the Envision Victor Storytelling Wiki http://envisionvictorstorytelling.pbwiki.com/ Or Contact Us at Digital Explorations : Barbara [email_address] Remy [email_address]

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