Story is the way in which humans create meaning and through which we gain insights into ‘the other’ making it a useful tool for community development practitioners.
Story is more than a collection of facts or events – it engages our senses and our imaginations as we perceive and interpret. We tell stories of where we come from –we tell stories of where we are. We tell stories of what happens to us – we tell stories of those like us and recant stories of the ones we fear. Stories can take us beyond the human, when they’re expansive and they connect us to spaces and places – to the sacred and the every day. Stories can reveal the multiplicity of the worlds which we inhabit.
Stories link us to our past, allowing us to live in our present more fully aware and engage our imagination as we search for new ways of being and doing when we find it necessary to make a change.
The workshop will focus around the following areas:
- What is a story – it’s relevance to connecting community.
- How learning the stories of ‘the other’ can make them more human – more like us as we pick up the threads of shared experience, shared emotions and a humanity in common.
- How our stories as individuals sit in ‘nests’ of other stories
- How stories can allow us to explore the complexities of our relationships.
- How the stories of people in place can be gathered together to create a shared sense of belonging and caring for place as well as people
- How stories can be used to activate an imagining of new ways of being and doing.
- How stories can be used to dream, imagine and plan
- The importance of holding stories within the context of what is shaping our places and neighbourhoods.
- Ethical considerations