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Say “Hello” to StoryTech. Arthur M. Harkins, Associate Professor, CIDE, and Faculty Director, Innovation Studies. We’ll be using a narrative process today. We call it StoryTech. StoryTech is derived from Japanese Shinto’s animism, permitting easy construction of virtual realities.

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Say “Hello” to StoryTech

Arthur M. Harkins, AssociateProfessor, CIDE, and Faculty Director, Innovation Studies


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We’ll be using a narrative process today. We call it StoryTech. StoryTech is derived from Japanese Shinto’s animism, permitting easy construction of virtual realities.


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StoryTech was invented by the speaker in 1988. It has been used with hundreds of public and private organizations, university classes, and individuals.


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The advantage of StoryTech is that it allows you, the story creator, to be comfortable with your creation and to “own” it.


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Where has StoryTech been used? creator, to be comfortable with your creation and to “own” it.

  • NASA

  • US Air Force

  • University of Minnesota Regents

  • 3M

  • General Mills

  • Bell Laboratories

  • Princeton University

  • Fairview-University Hospitals

  • Datacard & Datatrol


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Where has StoryTech been used? creator, to be comfortable with your creation and to “own” it.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • U.S. Department of the Interior

  • Microsoft

  • American Express Corporate, NYC

  • Thompson Publishing

  • West Publishing

  • Pitney Bowes

  • Lutheran Insurance

  • Minnesota Public Radio


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What have been the creator, to be comfortable with your creation and to “own” it.effects of StoryTech?

  • Improved confidence in the performance of strategic projections and plans.

  • More open discussions among staff, resulting in improved information sharing.

  • Better mining of tacit individual knowledge.

  • Foundation-building for strategic and innovative organizational cultures.

  • Commitment of staff to creating the future.


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The focus of your StoryTechs today and tomorrow is to help you project new futures for your organization, country, or region.




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Please look at the cup. you. Please pick it up.





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Finally, please ask the cup a question: yellow cup.“Tell me, do you enjoy being a cup?!?”


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What did your cup “say?” yellow cup.Please turn to your neighbor and tell her or him what your cup “said.”



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You have used your mind to “virtualize” a common object and permitted yourself to “speak” with it.


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This exercise demonstrates part of the incomparable genius of the human mind: the creative use of imagination.


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The process we’ve just experienced is at the core of all StoryTech exercises: the use of imagination in a personally comfortable creative manner.


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The comfortable use of imagination to re-think futures and project their implications is what we’re all here for during today and tomorrow.


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Let’s begin with a practice StoryTech. After we’ve done it, we’ll answer any questions you need to have answered.



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When you have completed the practice StoryTech, please quietly discuss it with your neighbor.



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Good! Now, let’s accomplish the “official” StoryTech for today.I’ll read it through with you first, and we’ll answer any questions before you begin to write.



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When you have completed the Friday StoryTech, please discuss it within your group. Your group is guided by a discussion leader.


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Submitting your anonymous StoryTech to the conference Blog. it within your group. Your group is guided by a discussion leader.http://blog.lib.umn.edu/chri1010/symposium/


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What will happen later it within your group. Your group is guided by a discussion leader.today and tomorrow.


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Are there any other questions or points? it within your group. Your group is guided by a discussion leader.


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Very good! Thank you! it within your group. Your group is guided by a discussion leader.See you later today!