Cynthia’s request about creating a storytelling ‘grid’ in relation to story-work appears in a comment she made to Part V. If summarized, I think this is what we get:
The ‘grid’ has to include places story practitioners can point at and state “Here I am; here I am not”. When they state so they are relating to those parts of the ‘grid’ which are essential to their work. Without those parts, their work cannot take place.
Those places should be “doings” of story practitioners. “Doings” like in what they need to know how to do or be, not the outcome of their work.
Therefore, those “doings” need most probably to be labeled ‘role’ ‘skill’ ‘trait'(?) ‘knowledge'(?). They cannot be names of professions or organizational/positioning titles.
I’m stopping here, hoping for Cynthia to visit and examine these parameters. In the meanwhile I’m going to start compiling a list of ‘places’ on the ‘grid’ so this post will be updated several times. As always, your contributions are most welcome.
Update – aggregating from comments made on a previous post: empathy, (honest, childlike, playful) curiosity, the ability to spot a story.
Update – In the meanwhile I visited WWSW, collected texts from ten users commenting on “about me” and their work, placed everything into ‘Wordle’ and asked for the top five words. Got: Narrative, story, use, patterns & understand. Hmmm… although a tiny sample I can already see a problem: narrative – what exactly about narrative do you DO? What do you DO concerning story? What or how do you use and understand? Understand patterns? Use patterns? Something else patterns? We’ll need the people to come over and say exactly what they do. Square one? I’ll wait for a while.
Update – I’m adding here the list of components important for a storyteller in descending order of intensity, created through a survey I conducted several years ago. There are some ‘doings’ that can be easily spotted here but for most, this list too needs more clarifications around what exactly each component translates into when it comes to doing:
Sense of story, interest, passion, perseverance, intention, communication skills, listening skills, authenticity, observing skills, presence, desire, love/care for others, being approachable & welcoming, practice, non-manipulative motivation, self-awareness, being humane, voacl skills, respect for language, self-confidence, wisdom, courage, ability to cooperate, experience, marketing skills, being fun, charisma, clear identity, natural talent, understanding what creates drama, spatial intelligence, dramatic skills, visual intelligence, movement skills, the ability to move between different layers of language, large repertoire, humbleness, knowledge in other fields, spirituality, facial mimics, theoretical knowledge, knowledge of own family background, peacemaking ideology, ability to train others, physical fitness, ideology of any kind, ethnical identity, good looks, religious identity.
Update – notice Karen’s comment on part V, replying to Cynthia (submitted on 2011/05/31). Karen lists her ‘doings’ among them: listening, patterning, sense making, evaluating, reflecting, resonating, etc. modes of story work. I feel I need to ask – listening, for what reason or whom/what to? Patterning of? What else do you do with patters? Sense-making from what perspective? What kind of skills are you using there within the wider sense-making process? Etc.