The Power of Story
This introduction is the first of the two modules organized as interactive lectures, studded with class exercises like the “6-Word Story” that produce understanding to be reinforced by the facilitator. Here we begin to define the parameters of the later creative challenge, and collaboratively define the tools and principles that the students will employ.
In the introduction, the big lesson for students is that stories told by us and about us frame how we and others see the world. In doing so, they can produce immense social change and can help us find meaning and fulfillment in a world of noise. The facilitator emphasizes how stories are packaged experiences, which are democratic, meaning that everybody has them, and nobody can monopolize them, and then highlights an inspiring leader in their community (Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi), and how that figure has used storytelling to communicate their vision and inspire others.