In search of a storytelling grid | a question for story practitioners

By Limor Shiponi I’m working on creating a storytelling grid that can help map the field of things named storytelling. If you’re curious, please read post I & post II and don’t miss the interesting comments. At the same time I’d like to present a question to story practitioners in order to create a survey and compare your answers to …

After two days of product management training

By Limor Shiponi My first words go to Blackblot and Gabriel Steinhardt – it is in the presence of patience, practical knowledge and a comprehensive methodology that professionals can feel safe enough to learn, to open the mind to new possibilities. I could see my classmates struggle while standing in the gap between reality and theory, going back and forth …

The story of my profession (or title…)

By Limor Shiponi Wisely, a substantial amount of formulation, observation and discussion is performed during the earlier phases of Blackblot’s training around roles and goals. Looking at my attempt to “get the game out of the door” as Gregg placed it, this is important. In storytelling it is all in one person. If I want to move the game forward, …

Storytelling critique

By Limor Shiponi This post follows the previous one – Storylistening and the ability to review performance. There it was mainly about my daughter’s thoughts, some remarks made by me and comments by other storytellers. I wish to thank all of you. I waited until we had time to speak again. I read all the comments for her. Here is …

The StoryBox project – field report, Zichron Yaakov Israel, part two

By Limor Shiponi We managed to pass the threshold. We had fifteen eight grade students in front of us, most of them boys. They were feeling uncomfortable still, shooting remarks at each other across the room. I moved forward and presented them Kevin’s two prompting requests “Tell us a story about being “boxed” in. Tell us a story about leaving …

Storytellers, bearers of wisdom, I need your help again

By Limor Shiponi Here is the situation: When I create stories I create them orally. I bother others with ideas and fragments, I talk about them, I dream them until I feel they are made to meet an audience. They continue evolving, even if I tell them for years. The point is – I never write down my stories. As you can guess, …

Who will benefit from the existence of great storytellers?

By Limor Shiponi I’m pondering this question lately. Before you continue reading it is important to emphasize – this post is an attempt to raise an honest discussion, without excluding anyone, without passing judgment or classifying. The word ‘storytelling’ has become common. It is used by many to describe what they do – storytellers. Who? This is a very partial …