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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
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Discussion Forum

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

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Comment by Clare Muireann Murphy on March 31, 2010 at 12:43pm
Hey guys

I am going to build an online archive of "STORY PROOF" following a conference in Scotland where we spoke about anecdotal versus hard proof.
I know there is heaps of evidence but it is scattered, wouldn't it be handy, for funding apps and so on if we only had to go to one place for a comprehensive list?????

And I am not only speaking of storytelling in education... but also in health, community and entertainment. I will get the book "story proof", but also looking for other published papers, links and sites. I will scour on here for more, but please also post it on my blog or my discussion group

I will eventually post ALL my findings, though it will take time to collate.
thanks in advance for any and all hard evidence presented (please submit material that we have permission to add, stuff that is already published, online etc)

We're all in this together...a rising tide lifts all boats!!
Comment by Delanna Reed on September 30, 2009 at 12:11pm
Martin, You are right to say that quantitative data is difficult to gather concerning the subjective experience of storytelling. However, Kendall Haven's book, Story Proof ,is the best collection to date of all the evidence out there. I guest edited the September/October issue of Storytelling Magazine and Kevin gave an abbreviated overview of some of this data.
It is my belief that qualitative research is the best way to analyze storytelling and its effects in the classroom.
Comment by Rebecca Hom on September 30, 2009 at 11:25am
So glad to find this group. Currently, I am presenting the program "Stranger, Guest, Family" relating my experiences while in Bosnia of meeting, visiting, and being cared for as family with Muslim friends. They have asked me to share their stories, some are heart-warming, others heart-breaking, in hopes of fostering deeper understanding and lessening pervasive fears. Can we change the world by sharing the stories? I believe so.
Comment by Martin Manasse on September 29, 2009 at 6:07pm
I would dearly love to know if there are any robust statistics on the effect of storytelling in education. The anecdotal evidence is that it impacts on literacy, numeracy, language, play i.e. it is a formidable force not only to open the imagination but for social change. When it comes to trying to find a way of testing this to provide statistics that are authoratitive and stand up to examination, it seems that the number of variables ( e.g. age, race, gender, family background, education background, etc.) make scientific testing incredibly hard. If, for example, a stistically sound model could be found that demonstrated that storytelling properly applied reduces exclusion ( and the question of re-offending later would have to figure) this would be a very strong argument to place storytelling at the centre of education since its effect could save substantial sums of money from education budgets, exclusion being expensive to manage. Maybe it is simply too complicated but if anyone knows of research documents I would love to hear about it.
Comment by Delanna Reed on September 29, 2009 at 5:08pm
Hi Ann, This is the first announcement I've seen of the StoryWorks. I will probably be listening to stories since I have to work all afternoon at the Swappin' Grounds. Good luck to you all and I hope to see you at the ETSU Reunion and around. Delanna
Comment by Ann Scroggie on September 29, 2009 at 2:26pm
The SIGS (Special Interest Groups) of NSN will present Saturday StoryWorks, a series of workshops on Saturday, October 3 at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough Tennessee. Four SIG one hour workshops begin at 10am with SHE (Storyteling in Higher Education) presenting Global Storytelling at the Global Campfire with Connie Regan-Blake, Dr. Joseph Sobol, Dr. Hannah Harvey and the Kennesaw Tellers and Ann Scroggie. Join us as we launch the new concept of Global Storytelling. This workshop will demonstrate applied storytelling in global education.
Comment by Florencia on July 22, 2009 at 9:08am
hello!! I`m from Argentina, and I`d love to share my news with your group
Comment by Dimitris Prousalis on July 22, 2009 at 5:10am
Hello dear friends. I hope that i'll share with the members of the group thougths, ideas and proposals about the power of the stories.
Warm greetings from Dimitris Prousalis- Athens, Greece
Comment by Grandmahoney on July 21, 2009 at 11:14am
Hello every,
I wanted to take this time to thank, Tom and Clare for their input in helping me to collect story data to help with my research on oral storytelling.
Thank all of you so much. I have really been busy studying and compiling resources to help me produce the effects I want in relating how Oral storytelling helps children learn in school

thanks again,

Grandma Honey
Comment by Tongues Wagging Productions~ on July 15, 2009 at 11:47pm
A great new book by Johanna Kuyvenhoven is an in-depth look at the storytelling classroom, based on Kuyvenhoven's doctoral research. It is called In the Presence of Each Other, A Pedagogy of Storytelling. Published this year 2009 by University of Toronto Press. Johanna teaches in the States now – she is a brilliant storyteller herself, well respected all over Canada and beyond.

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