Notes from An Alien

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Can Stories Change Society?

Most of us have read a story that’s changed us, in some way.

Often, these are news stories…

Sometimes, stories told by friends…

Even fictional stories have the power to induce lasting change in our lives…

Back in May, I wrote a post that focused on an organization that facilitates story-telling for social change.

I’m not going to encourage you to join the organization; but, whether you’re a Reader, Writer, or Publisher, I think you could learn something from them…


I’m reproducing that past post.

[ There are a couple freebies in it :-) ]


As a writer, I often wonder about the future… 

Actually, because of some of my research, I hold the future in Great Wonder.

And, because I’m a writer, I have the power of words to help me, even if falteringly, to potentially shape some of the Future.

What if you knew about an organization that could help you  “change the story on the issues that matter most.”

Change the Story

Some say we humans are story-telling creatures.

Think for a moment about all the stories you hear every day—from family, friends, co-workers, bosses, corporations, and governments

Well, that organization that can help change the story that surrounds certain issues has a Vision:

“We believe that together we can move towards a just economy, a healthy planet, and a better future for all.”

Something else this organization says, that evokes deep feelings for me, is:

“We believe the root cause of today’s crises lie in the potent mythologies that normalize an unjust status quo.”

The organization is the Center for Story-Based Strategy.

One thing I find fascinating about this organization is their willingness to teach the power of sharing compelling stories to help create a better future for our human family and this home, our planet

Here’s a peek at some of their strategies:

“There are many different ways to win the Battle of the Story whether it’s by re-framing the issue, amplifying previously unheard voices, or offering new solutions. The story-based strategy approach offers a flexible methodology for campaign or community stakeholders to encapsulate their common experience and vision into a powerful, shared narrative.”

And, how they think about storytelling:

“Beyond our much-hyped opposable thumbs and our ability to stand erect on two feet, humans are unique in the animal kingdom for our relationship with narrative. We humans are storytelling animals, constructing our social reality through our ability to create, interpret, and contest stories about the world around us and our place within it. We think, dream, remember, and believe through the filter of narrative.”

Do you tell stories?

Do you feel they have power?

Do you wish you could learn how to make them more compelling?

I’ll leave you with this video, which brings up a story from Amazon

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3 responses to “Can Stories Change Society?

  1. Nicole October 24, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I think stories can have a huge impact on people. Maybe I shouldn’t be so proud to admit this, but books I’ve read have changed my mind about things in big ways. And I get that there’s a difference between fiction and real life, but I think fiction can affect real life in a good way. I think. Maybe I said that wrong. lol!

    Keep up the good work, my friend.

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  2. Alexander M Zoltai October 25, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Dear Nicole,

    You reminded me of this quote:

    “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
    ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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