A few weeks ago, I hosted an Introduction to Liberating Structures event for the Victorian Facilitators Network (VFN). It was a fun night, filled with energy and enthusiasm. More importantly, I learnt a lot. I first heard about Liberating Structures via Nancy White, who I hold in such high esteem. I was inspired by her own experiences and decided to explore this further. Hosting the VFN…
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So “narrative” draws its meaning from the act of communication (for teaching and for persuasion), while “story” draws its meaning from the recounting of events (for inquiry and for exploration).
A long, yet worthwhile read. I always learn something new and interesting from Cynthia’s posts. This one looks at the etymology of the words ‘story’ and ‘narrative’. People are often confused about what these terms mean, and she does a great job of breaking it down and explaining the difference.
Perhaps the deeper lesson here is that the most radical acts are deceptively small and intimate. Less about “driving change”, less about arguing and trying to motivate. More about paying real attention in a time-starved world? What might this look like? How might we experiment with new forms with groups both inside and outside organisations?
This is an excellent article, which is also a prelude to the Radical Acts event in Melbourne next month. I’m so excited to be going and I’m looking forward to spending time with this group of people to explore what improvisational theatre can teach us about radical versus conventional approaches to change.