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The link below is to a TED Talk given by world-renowned storyteller Mallika Sarabhai.


In it, Ms. Sarabhai discusses how storytelling, that most ancient of human pastimes, has the possibility of being used to effectively get people thinking about major issues affecting the community and the world at large. She claims that, more than a lecture or an awareness campaign, art and storytelling succeed in bypassing certain filters within us and access a deep-down level of ourselves that can stir us to really think about something.

Storytelling exists in all cultures and has done so for thousands of years. Imagine if people around the world used this medium to pass on useful skills and information, raise awareness of a particular issue, or reinforce certain values and practices that are important to that particular people.

Bob Dylan wrote a song that got an imprisoned man a retrial and eventual freedom. The power of art and stories has been demonstrated throughout history. I believe that it can serve us today in the same way.

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Comment by PJE on April 25, 2010 at 5:26pm
Thanks for this link, James. I am going to watch it now. I think my Evoke will have to do with story telling. I am thinking of a storytelling festival ... I think stories are magic, they manage get a message across for things that we normally have efficient filters to avoid. Good stories, good storytellers can reframe the way we understand. Stories are like music they can run around in our heads when we have ceased to think about them and be there to alert us to things we are not even consciously looking for.
Going to listen now!
Best wishes
Comment by Elora Ramirez on April 25, 2010 at 5:52pm
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I'm a huge fan of storytelling. I agree with PJE - stories hold magic. :)
Comment by Mita Williams on April 28, 2010 at 2:11am
Thanks for the link to the TED talk on storytelling. Some of my favourite books have to do with storytelling and so I'm such I'll appreciate that talk.
Comment by Hanna Brady on April 28, 2010 at 3:09pm
I write stories, so I am absolutely biased in favor of the power of storytelling. This is a brilliant video. The departmentalized nature of the US education system and the devaluing of the arts is frightening, so it's always good to see people talking about it. Thanks for this!
Comment by Turil Cronburg on May 9, 2010 at 12:41pm
Indeed! Storytelling is what we all do, we just don't always realize it. And paying attention to what kinds of stories we're telling ourselves and the world is so helpful in writing a better future for everyone. :-)

Also, you might like my vision for the next Evoke game: EVOKE 2.0 - the 3D Story of the Earth. :-)

I've been excited by other agents in the game talking about storytelling, so thanks James, PJE, Elora, Mita, and Hanna!


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