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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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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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My Professional Storyteller friend LaRon recently shared with me an event that happened in his life. "I performed earlier this week at a school in Detroit," he said. "During lunch, I went with one of the teachers to a McDonald's 'restaurant' not too far from the school. I never eat McDonald's food, so I was just along for the ride and the conversation, but she does, and she ordered her lunch through the bulletproof safety glass that seals off the staff from the customers." He then exclaimed:… Continue

Posted on March 7, 2009 at 12:00am — 3 Comments


For a word, there is no meaning outside of context. In a way, that is also true for stories. Consider an iceberg. When we tell or hear a story, all that is understood about that story is the tip of the iceberg seen above the waterline, unless we also know all of the context that is hidden below! When we know the context, the story often takes on different or fuller meanings or understandings. Often, when we take stories from the more oral cultures to the more literate ones, some… Continue

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 12:00am — 2 Comments


“If this is your land, where are your stories?” Edward Chamberlin asked in his book by the same name. This question carries with it the impact of a doubled-edged blade: Not only do the stories of a people define who they are and the space they possess, but the stories of a people are also the tools used to possess that space. There are two African folktales that so poignantly illustrate this. One, The Departure of the Giants, is from the Horn of Africa, while the second, Strength,… Continue

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments


“In his book Culture Jam, Kalle Lasn says, ‘The most powerful narcotic in the world is the promise of belonging,’” said Annette Simmons, author The Story Factor. “To that I would add, the promise of being ‘known’ – not understood, not necessarily even valued – but simply to be acknowledged and seen.” She said that in a technological economy, human attention is the emerging scarce resource. “People need it, crave it, and will pay for it with their cooperation,” she… Continue

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 5:40am — 2 Comments


“Why story and storytelling?” Thomas Boomershine asked in his book Story Journey. “Story is a primary language of experience. Telling and listening to a story has the same structure as our experience,” he said. “The episodes of our lives take place one after another just like a story. One of the ways we know each other is by telling our stories. We live in stories.” He continued: "Storytelling creates community. Persons who tell each other stories become friends. And men and women who… Continue

Posted on April 22, 2008 at 3:17am — 7 Comments

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At 2:30am on February 20, 2011, Ann Scroggie said…
Where are you now and what is happening with storytelling and travel?
At 8:37am on June 19, 2010, Lingchen Dorji said…
Hi Steve,

How are you? Do you remember me? :)
At 3:01am on April 5, 2010, Marianne Christensen said…
Hi Steve
I am sorry I haven't replied to this before!
But now I did join the thread about Applied storytelling: The Power of Story that you invited me to.
Thank you for that!
At 5:33pm on February 11, 2010, Angeline Edmondson said…

Good Day, I have been so busy and yet delighted to hear more about the Applied Storytelling, The Power of Story Group. Would love to learn more and shall look forward to hearing from you.
At 9:17am on June 9, 2009, babacar ndaak said…
how are you steve ! and your group ?
many sun from senegal !
At 9:52pm on May 15, 2009, Katrina Fahey said…
Hi Steve! I love the group Applied Storytelling: The Power of Story and I love your belief statements in your profile. My participation will improve as my life situation does, too. Storytelling is very healing, and I find Storytellers like you an inspiration and a lovely support network.
Thank you, Steve, for all you do!
At 9:20pm on April 26, 2009, Meenakshi said…
The Carnival is planned for 28th & 29th of April 2009, in MUMBAI, INDIA.
The age group we are targeting is 3 to 6 years and the stories we are doing are "wizard of oz" and "a very hungry caterpillar". The idea and the objective is to tell the story to the kids and then work on the concepts that we want to put accross to children through art, craft, games etc.
Say for example - we will dwell on the concept of caterpillars & butterflies, in the story a very hungry caterpillar.
The aim is to put these concepts across to the children through making them motivated enough to want to know these things than rather we forcing the same to them.
At 5:17am on April 24, 2009, Meenakshi said…
Dear Steve.
We are organizing a story telling carnival. your inputs/suggestions on the event would be wonderful.
At 8:37pm on April 8, 2009, Marisa Keegan said…
Hi Steve, Thanks for letting me know about the group. I've joined and look forward to reading more!
At 10:43pm on April 6, 2009, Susan O'Hara said…
Thank you, yes. Any Cost?
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