Why we tell stories
Exciting the imagination
Exciting creative exploration
How stories contribute
Creating a positive experience. Creating empathy. Creating insight. Exciting ideas. Exciting imagination. Exciting inspiration. Exciting enterprise.
What stories to tell
Showing the contribution
Creating our enterprise with our story
Why we are doing. What we are doing. What we are contributing.
What we have learned
What we do
What interests we contribute to
Whose interests we contribute to
What opportunities we contribute
How we contribute
What we contribute
How we measure our contribution
What we imagine
How we create our story
How well we are doing
How well this contributes
Where we could go
What we are doing
How this will contribute
What we are creating
What we need
What opportunities are we creating
What opportunities will we contribute
Exploring our story
As Seth Godin observes in ‘All Marketers are Liars – The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World” – “Will the people who need to hear this story believe it?” and “Is it True?”. To which I could add, – Can people understand the opportunities the story is communicating for them, is it easily retold, and are we likely to tell others because it contributes to our common interests, – or are we pitching.
Writers and ideas
My observations on creative storytelling
The art of creative storytelling lies in creative contribution. The opportunity for creative storytelling is the pursuit of creative contribution to our common human interests. Written language is our greatest opportunity for learning the arts of creating possibilities and often our first form of introduction to one another
Language communicates ideas. Language creates behaviour. Language tells stories. Stories create connections
We might use these words in a conversation or an educational program or to quote what someone said but they don’t do well in a narrative.
Species, – depicts – interconnections –
Moving from stories of need to stories of contribution.
Theatre of Fire excites creative possibilities for our future. – I don’t believe it and it isn’t true.
Theatre of Fire tells our story as a species – not interested – whose story? – which story of the hundreds of thousands about our species, – scientific, mythic, poetic, ecological, behavioural?
It invites a conscious appreciative re-imagining of our relationship with nature and of our relationships with one another – not interested – thanks for the invitation.
If our interest in creative storytelling is to have others believe what we are saying and excite them into acting on our ideas, do we believe what we are saying and are we demonstrating what we are doing and how we are contributing
What does the idea we are communicating mean for the storyteller and what does mean to our listener?
Never use it when it is possible to say the name or the enterprise which is being referred to as it.
The same language allows us to know what we agree is the meaning and use of the words and phrases we use
Words we might use in a conversation or for education which don’t do well in a narrative.