“One lesson we can learn from pre-industrial peoples is the power of storytelling. I am struck by how important storytelling is among tribal peoples; it forms the basis of their educational systems. The Celtic peoples, for example, insisted that only the poets could be teachers. Why? I think it is because knowledge that is not passed through the heart is dangerous: it may lack wisdom; it may be a power trip; it may squelch life out of the learners. What if our educational systems were to insist that teachers be poets and storytellers and artists? What transformations would follow?” –Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox is an author and Episcopal priest, here he is speaking on the importance of storytelling and storytellers to communities.
We’ve touched on quite a few techniques to tell stories, but I wanted to spend at least a few segments exploring people who are using these techniques to stories in the wider world. Last time, I introduced you to J.C. Hutchin’s Personal Effects, this time I wanted you to look at Storymapping.
Storymapping is an organization that designs and develops large-scale community storytelling projects using new media. They use tools to link stories to locations, transforming maps into narrative vehicles.
Their projects are proving that stories can be used not only to transform organizations but to change the way we look at our surroundings.
For another example of community storytelling, take a look at this video taken from a storytelling project in San Diego.