Stories

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eHQ Stories allow your community and you to better listen, understand, empathise and relate to others.

Stories are a safe way to gather personal narratives. The idea being that, particularly in more emotional and potentially fraught contexts, you don't want to encourage disparagement or destructive debate of one person's perspective. You simply want to honour the individual's experience.

Stories are at the heart of a community's shared experiences.

The stories we tell ourselves and the stories we share determine who we are and contextualise how we respond to the world around us.

Sharing stories affects both the story teller and the listener (or reader) profoundly at both an emotional and cognitive level.

Emotional resonance that creates some form of empathy or understanding is a critical element in creating an "engaged" community, rather than simply a "consulted" community.

eHQ Stories allow your community and you to better listen, understand, empathise and relate to others.

Stories are a safe way to gather personal narratives. The idea being that, particularly in more emotional and potentially fraught contexts, you don't want to encourage disparagement or destructive debate of one person's perspective. You simply want to honour the individual's experience.

Stories are at the heart of a community's shared experiences.

The stories we tell ourselves and the stories we share determine who we are and contextualise how we respond to the world around us.

Sharing stories affects both the story teller and the listener (or reader) profoundly at both an emotional and cognitive level.

Emotional resonance that creates some form of empathy or understanding is a critical element in creating an "engaged" community, rather than simply a "consulted" community.

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    StoryTelling in Conflict Situations

    about 5 years ago

    The recounting of personal stories in situations, which aim to reduce inter-group conflicts and to enhance peacebuilding and reconciliation between adversaries, has been used within the last decade in a number of contexts around the world. Perhaps the most famous context is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which was established in South Africa in 1995 in order to start healing some of the deep wounds of the Apartheid years.[17] The main vehicle of the TRC for this purpose was public storytelling: "...The objectives of the Commission shall be to promote national unity and reconciliation in a spirit... Continue reading

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    The Future of StoryTelling

    about 5 years ago


    From Future of Storytelling summit and neuroeconomics pioneer Paul Zak, director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies and author of The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, comes this short film on empathy, neurochemistry, and the dramatic arc, directed and edited by my friend Kirby Ferguson and animated by Henrique Barone.

    Zak takes us inside his lab, where he studies how people respond to stories. What he found is that even the simplest narrative can elicit powerful empathic response by triggering the release of neurochemicals like cortisol and oxytocin,... Continue reading

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    Stories leap frog technology, taking us to authentic experience

    about 5 years ago

    Stories are authentic human experiences. Stories leap frog the technology and bring us to the core of experience, as any good storyteller (transmedia or otherwise) knows. There are several psychological reasons why stories are so powerful.
    • Stories have always been a primal form of communication. They are timeless links to ancient traditions, legends, archetypes, myths, and symbols. They connect us to a larger self and universal truths.
    • Stories are about collaboration and connection. They transcend generations, they engage us through emotions, and they connect us to others. Through stories we share... Continue reading
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    Why Sharing Stories Brings People Together

    about 5 years ago

    A new neuroscience study may explain why telling stories builds empathy and also why, when you tell a good one, people act as if they're watching it unfold before them.

    A team of scientists at Princeton, led by Uri Hasson, had a woman tell a story while in an MRI scanner. Functional MRI scans detect brain activity by monitoring blood flow; when a brain region is active it needs more blood to provide oxygen and nutrients. The active regions light up on a computer screen. They recorded her story on a computer and monitored her brain activity as she spoke... Continue reading