Storytelling as a community and organizational building tool

“Outside of the physical universe, and the laws that govern the physical universe, there is nothing that  impacts, informs and transforms the human experience, nor moves our spirit, more than story.”
David Hunt

David uses insight, humor and interactive audience participation to illuminate the use and power of storytelling in the everyday aspects of our lives. He illustrates and demonstrates how story & storytelling can be used in our personal lives, in the life of our communities and the thriving of our organizations.

There are a variety of issues our communities and organizations face and David shows how story & storytelling can be used to address those issues.

Below are a number of ways we use story & storytelling as a tool for community building, civic engagement, leadership development, celebration, healing and social change.

Storytelling as an Essential Community Building Tool

This 3-4 hour workshop will train community members and organizations how to plan a Community Building Storytelling project. At its core, communities are made up of relationships. Relationships are created and deepened through sharing stories of experiences, hopes, dreams and fears.

The workshop will demonstrate and train participants in how to design and hold intentional and strategic community storytelling events that help build relationships, create shared vision, heal some community wounds and celebrate community accomplishments and heroes.

During the workshop participants will learn how to plan a storytelling project utilizing storytelling circles, create community timelines, creative visioning and time capsule activities.

Storytelling as a Public Policy Creation Tool

What is Public Policy but the request for present and future actions in the conducting of public affairs? Public Policy is created out of the expression of our experiences, of the past and present, and dreams of the future. From our hopes and fears, from past and present wounding, victories, and personal and collective healings.

Public Policy is created from remembering and imagining the betterment of our people, our children and grandchildren, the animals, nations, our world, and of ourselves. We express our experiences, imaginations and remembrances through storytelling.

Storytelling is a most effective tool to turn our personal experiences into collective experiences and vision, which in turn creates public policy.

This two to three-hour workshop will demonstrate how story is data with a soul! And that in creating public policy, a powerful story beats powerful data every time!

In this workshop we will cover the three parts of policy creation; clarifying the request, developing a personal story that explains & emotes the hopes and dreams that are embedded in the request and the impact of that request on a much larger scale, including data. Participant will learn how to add soul to their public policy creation.

Storytelling as an Organizing and Social Change Tool

Storytelling is the number one social change tool!

Organizers and campaigns use story and storytelling to recruit people to their organization or campaigns, to raise money, to explain the problems people face, to remember victories and inspire people, to shape their issues in the media, to testify at meetings with officials, and to build coalitions and collaborations.

This three to four-hour session will demonstrate and train community members, organizations and coalition partners in how to utilize storytelling effectively to create more powerful campaigns.

Storytelling as an Evaluation Tool

When an organization or community is evaluating their success and failure or reviewing their planned goals and achievements, the session in reality is a storytelling session. If done intentionally, using the right tools and setting, storytelling can be the most useful and effective tool for creating authentic and safe space for people to reflect deeply upon their collective past journey and remembering what was done, by whom, and what was accomplished.

When David facilitates an evaluation session he helps participants use story to review planned goals, retrace the past journey and evaluate their success, failure, achievements and unexpected growth.

Storytelling as a Strategic Planning Tool

When you think about all the strategic planning meetings you’ve attended was it not stories that were being shared? People express how they personally experienced an event in the life of the organization, and therefore what they dreamed and hoped for the future activities and accomplishment of the organization.

It is through strategic storytelling that we capture people’s hopes; dreams, experiences vision and turn them into collective visions and strategic plan.

When David facilitates a strategic planning session he helps the participants use story to retrace the past journey, discovering hidden lessons, achievements, unforeseen challenges and unexpected growth. Then he helps them envision the future journey and its destination, its expected personal and collective challenges and the gifts and talents needed to complete the journey.

Talking Across Generations Using Storytelling

The ancient art of storytelling is a powerful antidote to today’s passive, solitary and unimaginative world of electronic entertainment.

Storytelling is a real and tangible way of sharing our experiences, feelings and thoughts. Stories awaken and nourish the timeless and archetypal experiences, symbols and forces within all of us, even across generations.

This session will train participants how to design storytelling projects to bring elders and youth together to hear each other’s voices, share stories and create deeper relationships.

The Role and Power of Storytelling in Understanding Race & Healing the Scars of Racism

Race is a social construct based entirely upon story, not science. Yet race and racism is an undeniably powerful cultural, political, economic and sociological force. How is storytelling about race being used today to capture and shape our minds and hearts, create policies and programs?

This session creates a safe, and sometimes sacred, space to explore these themes, giving participants the opportunity to formulate and express their own ideas of how racism may be affecting their personal life, community, organizations and campaigns. Participants will also explore ideas on how to use storytelling to heal the wounds of personal and institutional racism.