Avner Less , Frodo Baggins | Standing Witness to the Story of Evil

By Limor Shiponi Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Last night, channel 2 aired ‘Lishka 06’. From IMDb: “This is the dramatic story of Bureau 06, the team of police investigators formed for the sole purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought by the Jewish people against Adolf Eichmann, during the trial that took place in Jerusalem, 1961…” They …

Meet the listeners where co-creation is possible

By Limor Shiponi “So now you have a dozen possibilities for the theme in Rapunzel’s narrative. Which one will you choose to show, or in the case of storytelling – tell?” To help G here, I explained the idea behind ‘witness’. You can find my full definition here. The witness (listener) is part of what makes up the entire storytelling …

Trust the listener (witness)

By Limor Shiponi Remember G said, “I need to trust the listener, my skill, the story”. In this lesson, I wanted G to look at his relationships with face-to-face partners in the act of storytelling, those I prefer calling ‘the witness’ over ‘the listener’. As a mediating technique, I invited G to bring in an expressive ability he has and …

Storytelling stumbles

By Limor Shiponi Someone just asked me how come I don’t stumble on my words/make mistakes. Here’s my reply: We stumble on our words/make mistakes only if we’re not in the storytelling. If I’m in full attention of what’s happening in the story, if I let the events effect me, if I’m aware of everything going on in front and …

In search of a storytelling ‘grid’ | part VI | Witness (listener)

By Limor Shiponi Before starting to deconstruct parts of the dynamic storytelling act and mapping story-work traits with the help of story practitioners, there is one more issue I believe we need to look at on the meta-level and that is the part of the witness – more often related to as listener and audience. It is important to remember …

In search of a storytelling grid | Part I

By Limor Shiponi This search is going to take several posts to complete and I hope it provokes a good conversation. The idea: to create a frame of reference for many story-work forms that represent truly good intentions and work, while helping everybody realize what part of storytelling they are actually referring to. I also intend to clear some misconceptions …

What StoryBiz buzzers won’t tell you about storytelling (because they don’t know)

By Limor Shiponi This is it: you can’t learn storytelling through reading books, articles, blogs or tweets. You need to tell stories to people face-to-face for years, say around 7-10 years before you can even call yourself a storyteller, there is no quick-fix, there are no express-benefits. Being a true storyteller and extracting the human glory of this magnificent art …

Answering a question about ‘narrative space’

By Limor Shiponi Following the post “Narrative space | storytelling for brands who understand ‘us’ – step-by-step example” I received a request to clarify a sentance appearing at the end of the post: … and anything else we can gain from listening to what’s going on in the narrative space. The person wants to know how we listen to the …