Stories for Society is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 after a period of research and development concerning the transformational potential of collective story-telling among children: learning becomes more compelling, communication easier and problems more accessible to solve. Since then, we have learned that our method is equally relevant to youth and adults for similar reasons.
What is our aim?
In 1969 Margaret Mead said, ”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has“. The so-called butterfly effect in modern research, explains the way that the beating of a butterfly’s wings can affect weather patterns in other parts of the world. Small contributions can lead to great changes in the world. Even if we work in small groups, our hope is that the shining ideas and enthusiasm delivered by participants will spread to wider areas, just as the effects of the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can lead to change elsewhere.
We would like to emphasize the importance of play as a catalyst for learning and change. One of the greatest blockages to learning at school and in our working lives emerges when we take things too seriously and become frightened of failure. Thinking comes to a standstill and we become ineffective. Play opens up new ways of thinking, new paths, in a way that does not feel dangerous. It is when we have fun that the creative solutions emerge. Our method includes clear objectives and meaningful guidelines that provide structure, at the same time as it awakens creativity and fantasy.
All that we experience in our world is a series of interpretations – stories – of what we call the reality. We believe in engaging people in important questions by creating a space for them to tell stories in an atmosphere of possibility. It is time for new stories – stories which awaken interest, wonderment, strength, compassion and creativity! If we daily listen to stories that make us feel helpless, we’ve lost before we’ve even begun. If we have limiting stories, we live limited lives.
Learn more about our method.
We are proud and delighted that our organization is multicultural and multi-disciplined, making it possible to practice our method in various languages and forums. We have many gifted co-workers who share our vision and have contributed to making Stories for Society what it is today. This includes, but is not exclusively limited to, members of our board (see film, below).
Read The Story of Stories here
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