Since I began my work at the Minnesota Humanities Center, I’ve been learning about the importance of story. Not only is story a powerful and engaging mechanism for teaching history and culture, what stories are/are not told, who tells them, and when, provides a lens through which we can look critically at our society. The very nature of stories allows us to address current societal narratives so that we can go about creating a more inclusive and relevant societal narrative for everyone.
It seems like storytelling has been showing up wherever I go. I recently came across a tweet from the Bush Foundation:
Stories should be abt real people who need something, hopefully something that your org provides. Storytelling tips: http://t.co/sRA1HLe0kN— Bush Foundation (@BushFoundation)
Just a day earlier, Blois Olson tweeted an article with a similar sentiment.
Great read. How Nate Silver Won the Internet (and You Can Too) http://t.co/i2jjuOEViP— Blois Olson (@bloisolson)
Several weeks ago, this article was circulating around my social networks, urging the Twin Cities to work toward a more holistic narrative of itself: one that goes beyond Mary Tyler Moore, Snow, and the Mall of America.
The common thread between these articles is simple: the stories that we tell about ourselves matter.