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Developed by Mountain Quest Institute. Storytelling. The Thread of Humanity. Storytellers agree…. Story is a specific structure or narrative Has a specific style, a set of characters and a sense of completeness Has a beginning, a middle and an end The beginning sets the routine

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Developed by Mountain Quest Institute


The Thread of Humanity

Storytellers agree…

  • Story is a specific structure or narrative

  • Has a specific style, a set of characters and a sense of completeness

  • Has a beginning, a middle and an end

    • The beginning sets the routine

    • In the middle, something happens to upset the routine, going on until …

    • A new routine is established (the end).

Four aspects of story

  • The telling

    • Marks its humanity

    • Sent out into the world as an act of faith

  • The something to tell

    • Something worth telling that matters to the teller and the listener

  • The character

    • Habits of choice that shape who we are

    • Our core, our essence, that which is remembered

  • Telling significant actions of characters over time

    • Duration of the action of the story itself

    • Duration of the telling

A story is the telling of the significant actions of characters over time.

Time honored sequences

  • Initiating event motivating character(s) to attempt a certain goal, leading to a consequence, which promulgates a reaction. Tension builds with an expectation of eventual resolution (denouement).

  • Central character sets out on a journey, overcomes three obstacles, ending with radiant sense of unity and well-being

  • Departure, initiation, return (hero’s journey)

  • Uniting story imagination with the power of one, two, three, resolving in four (pulse-beat hear rhythms)

Transformational tales are the single largest thematic topic in storytelling …


  • We can only answer the question

  • “What am I to do?”

  • If we can find the answer to the question

  • “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?”

What do stories do …

  • Dreams somehow unclog your mind and help you tune into the unconscious world from where you can draw experience and information. I think that’s what stories do. (Allende)

  • In the world of imagined reality, the reader enters into the role of co-creator with the author. (Birkerts)

  • We make ourselves through myth. (McDaniels)

  • Wisdom is often ascribed to those who can tell just the right story at the right moment and who often have a large number of stories to tell. (Shank)

  • The narrative language of stories is the most appropriate instrument to communicate the nature and shape and behavior of complex adaptive phenomena. (Denning)

Value of personal storytelling to individual

  • Invests our lives with more meaning

  • Connects us more vitally with others

  • Develops our creativity

  • Strengthens our humor

  • Increases our courage and confidence

  • Renders our lives more memorable

  • Builds network relationships

Story as Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the world is more or less equivalent to our experiences

  • We understand experiences in terms of those experiences already in our memory that we understand

  • So new ideas are dependent on old ideas

  • Context helps us relate incoming information to those experiences already in memory

  • Stories provide that context.

Knowledge is experiences and stories, and intelligence is the apt use of experience and the creation and telling of stories. (Shank)

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