May 27, 2010
StoriesWork initiates dialogue about issues that are difficult for most people to talk about. By hearing and reacting to a folktale, people are able to express their thoughts about behaviors, attitudes, and situations in a safe way. I have seen absolute strangers walk into a room and, without really realizing it, go from discussing characters in a tale to discussing the community's role in preventing violence or how they understood the options of a woman in an abusive relationship or how two people can communicate better in parent-child or partner relationships.
It is sometimes difficult for others to understand how this works until they participate in a workshop and see the magic of a storyteller and skilled facilitator. StoriesWork helps foster non-judgmental spaces that empower people to share their ideas. They key is often that the facilitator knows the right questions to ask and lets participants guide the discussion. Once you're in it, you don't want to leave, and once it's over you want to come back.
This is a unique organization that can really make a difference in raising a community's awareness, unity, and empowerment to tackle issues in a safe but honest way--all steps that ultimately lead to change.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Understanding how to approach dialogue about tough issues such as abusive relationships, racial tensions, aging, and parent/child relationships. I better understand other people's perspectives and the importance of hearing before deciding what is best.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I helped with administrative and organizational duties, got trained as a storyteller, and helped support storytelling workshops.