This presentation is about the power we have over our own life story and the power our life story has in changing the world. Included: How to transform personal and societal limiting narratives. 10 elements of great stories. How to craft a visionary narrative How to choose a story to tell
Text of Change your Story. Change the World
We need to IDENTIFY & CHANGE the stories that are keeping
us trapped personally and systemically.
WE HAVE P O W E R OVER THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES.
We cannot think without language, we cannot process experience
without story. -Christina Baldwin
S TO R I E S H O L D O U R I D E N T I T I E S TO G E T H E R
S TO R I E S A L L O W U S TO C R E AT E O R D E R O U T O F T
H E C H A OT I C .
T H E Y D O T H I S B Y E D I T I N G O U T I R R E L E V A N T
D E TA I L S .
Stories remain the invisible glue through which people narrate
the meaning of their lives and inter- weave their lives with other
lives. -Michael Margolis, Believe Me.
Name limiting narrative and the belief thats in that story.
Cost of that belief. Consequence of that story. How could it be
instead? What would that alternative look like? Compelling vision
of alternate reality. T R A N S F O R M I N G P E R S O N A L A N D
S O C I E TA L S TO R I E S :
B E L I E V I N G Y O U C A N C H A N G E = B E L I E V I N G T
H E W O R L D C A N C H A N G E .
S TO R Y -Event Unity -The who, what, when, where, how of an
event that occured -It has a begining, middle, and end N A R R AT I
V E -A system of stories: Two or more stories that add up to create
a larger narrative -Narrative: What do these stories tell us about
how the world is? -Open ended V S
The ability to dream up and spread these solutions lives or
dies on the ability to tell great stories that inspire people to
think differently. -Jonah Sachs, Story Wars
N E W N A R R AT I V E F R A M E D E L I V E R E D T H R O U G
H P E R S O N A L S TO R I E S =T H E B E S T W AY TO A W A K E N T
H E W O R L D
Each character pursues some type of goal in accordance with his
or her values, facing difficulty along the way and either succeeds
of fails according to the storytellers view of how the world
Stories are designed to persuade an audience of a storytellers
worldview. How do they do this? Stories express values.
T E N E L E M E N T S O F G R E AT S TO R I E S
Great stories... Are emotional and show vulnerability.
Great stories... Are about journeys where the protagonist
learns something about the world.
Great stories... Describe a personal transformation.
Great stories... Have one protagonist at the heart.
Great stories... have dramatic tension. The stakes are high.
They make the audience wonder, What will happen next?
Great stories... Include memorable details that are relevant to
the core message.
Great stories... Are simple- they only include details that
illustrate the mesage.
Great stories... Make the audience have an A-ha! moment.
Great stories... Have a moral at the heart of the story.
Great stories... Present lessons that encourage people to
pursue their higher values.
H O W T H I N G S U S E D TO B E : Once upon a time, there was
_________. Every day, ___________.
T H E A C T I O N T H AT W I L L C H A N G E T H I N G S : One
day, _________. Because of that, ___________. Because of that,
T H E C H A N G E : _______________________.
T H E B E G I N N I N G O F Y O U R S TO R Y The hook: set the
stage and introduce who, what, when and where.
P R E S E N T Y O U R P R O B L E M Set up what the character
wants, so the listener wonders how they will get it.
J O U R N E Y TO C H A N G E Struggle of the journey makes the
T H E M O M E N T O F C H A N G E The A-Ha! Moment.
F U T U R E State what the future looks like for the
protagonist. Relate the moral of the story back to the
P I C K I N G A S TO R Y Start with the end in mind Audience
Choose the story that will get them to take that action Goal (the
action you want them to take)
Think about the shift in perspective you want the audience to
have. Do you have a story of when you had that shift in perspective
Q U E S T I O N S TO A S K W H E N C H O O S I N G A S TO R Y:
Who is my audience? What action do I want them to take? What A-ha!
moment can I facilitate to get them to take that action? What do
they need to realize in order to take that action?
C R E AT E A W A R E N E S S I N F L U E N C E B E H A V I O R
C H A N G E AT T I T U D E S
H O W TO C R A F T A V I S I O N A R Y N A R R AT I V E 1.
HOOK: A brief glimpse into whats possible 2. Define the status quo.
3. Cost of the status quo. 4. Alternate reality. Other Possibility.
5. How do you know this other future is possible? 6. Compelling
details of the new reality. 7. How your audience is
essential/needed in order for this new future to come true.