WHAT’S IN A WORD? A WORLD!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
This workshop comes alongside all who are interested in engaging and convening conversations that transform their organisations, institutions or communities such as: leaders, managers, HR and OD practitioners, coaching professionals, educators, social workers and healthcare professionals. You will be invited to re-author the worlds you are living in by unpacking and re-writing the language and words that will ripple out into an alternative preferred future.
The What’s in A Word? A world! workshop journeys with communities, teams and organisations as together they name the world of the dominant story that they are facing. The Narrative practices assist in naming these stories, inviting participants to re-author the currant dominant story by taking back the pen in the writing of these alternative stories and to collectively re-dream what is possible for their teams, communities and organisations. The Narrative approach works with the multiplicity of stories and the multiplicity of meanings that we as human beings make. Participants are invited to name their stories and to explore the taken-for-granted beliefs and ideas that inform these stories which eventually leads us to say: “I am…………….” and “We are………………” In this approach the problem is the problem, not the person. The storyteller is seen and treated as the expert in the telling. In this workshop we invite rich descriptions of stories and identities that challenge the thin descriptions so often spoken in the words and worlds of our societies.
The Narrative approach provides the practices that invite the shifting and transformation of stories. The following gifts enable and invite these shifts and transformation in the world:
The dominant story
• Naming the story
• The influence of the dominant story is explored
• The history of the dominant story is told
• The taken-for-granted ideas and beliefs that inform the story is explored
• Who are the community/organisation authorising to speak about the dominant problem story
• Performing a ritual for the dominant story
The alternative story
• Harvesting the alternative narrative from the individual stories of the community
• Naming the alternative story
• Thickening the alternative story
• Ritual for the alternative story
VOICES OF THE PARTICIPANTS
What most captured your imagination in the conversation we had today?
• The idea that by changing the way we speak and think about things we can re-write the nature & function of relationships & communities.
• The positivity of stakeholders in one accord, and a group no longer apathetic or bitter but hopeful and motivated to effect change.
• Collaboration of a cross-disciplinary and diverse grouping of people can be a success and fun at the same time.
What did you learn today?
• That every “story” can be rewritten. That we “consign” the stories others tell about us by our participation.
• What is in a word? Out of one comes many.
• All things are possible collectively. People can be agents of change. History is important. We all have a story to tell.
• I’ve learnt that and remembered that everyone’s story must be heard.
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