Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Writing { and reading and publishing } ~

Stories That Change Lives


Back in 2014, I wrote a post called, Can Stories Change Society?

Here’s an excerpt:

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…

In that post, I introduce you to an organization called Center for Story-Based Strategy.

Here’s something they say about themselves:

The Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a national movement-building organization dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for social change.  We offer social justice networks, alliances, and organizations the analysis, training, and strategic support to change the story on the issues that matter most.”

I feel it’s also important to consider Literary Nonfiction as “storytelling” that can change lives.

There’s also a Space on Facebook called Ode that’s “…a storytelling series where community members tell true stories on stage to promote positive impact through empathy.”

They also have a WebSpace that’s part of Siouxland Public Media Radio.

That Siouxland link has many folks’ Odes…

And, in that Space is a story that resonates profoundly with my personal spiritual path…

The man telling the story brings up a profound concept in just the title of his Ode: Part of a religious minority, I’m not popular enough to be different…

One particular way I feel resonance with him is that being a member of the same Faith he was raised in (yet only discovering it in my early 40s) has given me plenty of reason to feel deeply different from the current “culture” that surrounds me—gives me plenty of material for the stories I write :-)

That last link to Ode will let you read his life-changing story; and, this video is him telling the very same story. The theme that day was “Stigmas: An ode to the power of opening up.”


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