Design, like other creative and innovative work, requires us to re-think and re-imagine the world around us. But what assumptions and beliefs — what stories — are we holding onto without realizing it? What if we could unlock new ways of thinking, imagining and innovating, without limits?
That’s what storytelling can help us do.
We are all storytellers — whether we know it or not. And the most powerful stories are the ones we believe about ourselves, even without realizing it. These stories can help us make sense of the world and relate to each other. They can also hold us back.
When we are able to challenge and engage with our own “self stories” — essentially re-writing them — we open up new avenues of creative investigation. We discover new ways of thinking about ourselves, others, and the world we share. This in turn creates opportunities to imagine, explore, gather inspiration and see things from new perspectives.
In this workshop Camille will introduce us to the art of storytelling and narrative revision. She will explore how personal storytelling can be a superpower in our professional lives. And she’ll provide practical storytelling techniques for re-writing rules, assumptions and other stories with new meaning and possibility.
What topics will be covered?
- We are all storytellers. The human brain as an organ of story; how and why we are always making up stories, often without realizing it.
- The power of personal stories. What stories do we tell? How can these stories help us or hold us back? How do identify stories in our lives?
- How to think like a storyteller. a method for approaching re-thinking and re-writing the stories in our lives and work.
- Re-writing our stories. Methods for challenging, re-imagining and re-writing our stories
- Writing the “what’s next”. The most important part of any story, and how to apply it.
What exercises will be done?
Exercises may include:
Back-to-back stories (partner exercise)
60 second stories (group + individual exercise)
Discover your stories (individual writing exercise)
Your story / think like a storyteller (individual writing exercise)
Purple monkey dishwasher (group exercise)
Re-writing your story with a new genre (individual + group exercise)
Trading places (partner exercise)
What will the audience take away from this workshop?
Workshop participants will gain a fresh perspective and new set of "tools" for their design and creativity toolbox, which will help them approach assumptions, limitations, challenges and ideas in new ways.
Any requirements for attending?