Storytelling-- Facilitated by Jiva Manske
- Why do we tell stories?
- Everyone has a story to tell
- Listening to stories
- Next steps
Storytelling: thinking about the reasons we do what we do and telling stories that will encourage other people to be involved.
- Develop understanding of why storytelling is an important organizing skill
- Feel comfortable with the basics of storytelling for organizing.
- Create deeper connections between organizers and activists leading change in the DC area.
- Jumpstart the self-reflective process, and challenge ourselves to be more effective leaders.
- Strengthen the movement for justice and peace.
- Proactive evoke change
- Confidence (authority)
- Stepping up
- Actors presence
- Sensitivity to others
- Solidarity trust
Story of self-Connection-Story of us-community-story of now-action-story of self
Elements of storytelling
- Know your audience
- Frame your issue
- Values and emotions
Tell the story of a moment you chose to lead
What were some of the choices that people made in the stories?
- Team work
- Communication, and our own role in that communication.
- Stepping up above and beyond, not necessarily a fixed role, but you figured it out & you did it.
- Everyone was already an actor (not third parties). Could have participated in the conflicts, but didn’t.
- Feeling sensitive to people’s feelings
- Solidarity – were doing something for another person or another group
- Identity and how that plays an important role
- Evoking change from others
- Listening and being present
- Trust (other people in the group and/or community)
Storytelling as leadership
- Leadership isn’t authority. When we’re sharing our own stories, we’re acting as leaders by stepping up to be ourselves and motivating other people to act.
Storytelling is iterative
- It’s about the group that’s in front of us. It’s never going to be the same twice.
What’s my story of self?
- Knowing that I want to connect with my audience, what should I share about myself?
Story of Us?
- Inviting people into community.
Story of Now?
- What’s something that we can do today?
- A moment in your life that you chose to lead?
How did sharing your story feel?
- Felt like maybe the topic wasn’t “right”
- ** of the single story – misjudge a single person that they share in just one minute or two minutes
- Storytelling is about speaking your story - - writing it down on paper is about sharing it outloud
- How is it to hear each other’s stories?
- Seems like a good way to get to know people in a short period of time
- Hear how much knowledge and power is in the room
- Responsibility, people are sharing important things with you, and so there’s responsibility to take that in.
- The clock was a major factor – a lot of it became focused on can we get this all out in time – but left people wanting more.