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Applied Storytelling: the Power of Story


Applied Storytelling: the Power of Story

Storytelling has the power to transform lives and societies, heal relationships, and provide identity and community. Let this be a venue for exploring the power of story.

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2010 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling
$5000 Cash Grant
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Discussion Forum

Are You Doing Graduate Studies in Storytelling? 10 Replies

Started by Steve Evans. Last reply by Esther de Juglaría Mar 13, 2014.

How to encourage a Group to create a spontaneous story? 4 Replies

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How do YOU use Story as a tool? 25 Replies

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Comment by Alan Cohen on February 18, 2014 at 4:51pm

Storytelling is a skill that business people should learn. The skills you learn - engaging your audience, how to use your voice effectively, body language, eye contact, certainly help in sales. However, the principles of storytelling can make meetings more interesting, and certainly our staircases above those "death by PowerPoint" presentations. The most boring "book on CD" is better than the idiot who read the PowerPoint slides and think he or she is making a presentation. So, for those that teach storytelling, presenting storytelling as a business skill might put a little extra money in your pocket. 

Comment by Rachmiel Tobesman on October 25, 2011 at 5:45pm

Last night meeting of the Jewish Committee on Scouting it was decided to have a story concert as a fundraiser. A synagogue has offered its building free as a venue. Would anyone be interested in telling. Date will be sometime in the Spring 2012.

Comment by Ann Scroggie on February 20, 2011 at 2:20am
This grant is for anyone who is a member of National Storytelling Network.  You can join as you apply. Just visit the NSN website and look under programs and then the Brimstone Grant.   You are welcome to apply.
Comment by Stuart Nager on February 19, 2011 at 9:52pm
Thank you for the information!
Comment by Andrea The Storyteller on February 19, 2011 at 8:57pm
Ann! Is the grant only for American citizens?? Sounds reallt interesting!!
Comment by Ann Scroggie on February 10, 2011 at 1:22pm
It is that time again!  The NSN Brimstone Applied Storytelling Grant is receiving applications for community programs that feature the use of stories to create a community project or event.  Deadline for applications is April 29, 2011.  Application information and forms are available on NSN website under programs/grants.  This is a great opportunity to put your dreams  into  action and have money to get the tasks done "as you like it".
Comment by Rachmiel Tobesman on December 27, 2010 at 10:41pm
As a storyteller, I am frequently asked how to use stories to teach values and difficult concepts. I just finished first project in the series, Tales of the Storyteller, I hope to produce one unit per month.

The first unit, Charity Saves from Death, is made up of five learning activities surrounding the story, The at the Wedding. More information available at

please comment with feedback
Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on June 13, 2010 at 4:57am
Thanks Tim!
I will get in touch with her. Brilliant. I knew there was plenty out there, I just wanted to see how comprehensive it was, and to make it loud online!!
Comment by Tom Bland on June 6, 2010 at 6:04am
Hi All,

This month in London, we're holding a book launch for Alida Gersie's new SfS booklet, please see the details below.

Best wishes,


Society for Storytelling

Book Launch: Alida Gersie's Storytelling and a Sense of Place

To celebrate SfS publication of Alida Gersie's talk at the 2009 Gathering, we invite you to a drinks reception at London's prestigious dramatic arts centre, the Actors' Temple.

Alida Gersie is a London-based dramatherapist and organizational consultant. Her work with deprived individuals and communities inspired her to develop a story-based method that facilitates productive change in seemingly hopeless situations. For several decades she was Principal Lecturer in the Postgraduate Arts Therapies Department of the University of Hertfordshire. She has taught the story-based approach to planned change in many countries, and has authored and edited several books.

6-8 pm

Fri 18th June

The Actors Temple


13-14 Warren Street




Contact: Tom Bland,
Comment by Tim Sheppard on March 31, 2010 at 1:28pm
Clare, Kate Dudding has already done something like this at which is a large archive of evidence and articles on the use and effects of storytelling, divided into various subject areas, all for the purpose of giving storytellers proof that they can present to clients and funders etc. I'm sure she'd be very pleased to get collaborators offering to put in more energy or references. I'm amazed people haven't already mentioned it, as it's supported by NSN and has been going for several years.

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