In creating an "open source" page today I recalled Kevin Brooks, the Motorola storyteller who spoke at Multiples of One. Yesterday via a post from KIN's Gary Colet I caught up on the Anecdote site that is all about story telling in organizations.

Considering Steve Denning's focus on story telling and visiting his site I find his new
//book publishing in September// that talks about "Narrative Intelligence". Digging into Steve's site I found a treasure, a //story telling workshop from 2001// including Steve, John Seely Brown and Larry Prusak. This is food for thought.

Knowing that Steve Denning started life as a lawyer in Australia, and Shawn Callahan and Anecdote operate out of Australia, I have to wonder if there is something in the Australian culture that is relevant here. Looking for, but unable to locate, my Banjo Paterson volume for inspiration.

Bottom line: As we explore "learning through participation and connected intelligence" here, where does Story Telling fit?

Thoughts anyone?


July 1,2007 via email


"What inspired you to use story at the World Bank?The starting point was that I was a desperate man: in 1996 at the World Bank, I had a great idea but no one was listening. Being desperate, I was willing to try anything. Even something as counterintuitive as a story. Since it worked, I kept doing it. But I was quite skeptical about it and found it difficult to believe that anecdotes could be more powerful than analytics. It was when Harvard Business School Press suggested that I write a book about storytelling that I started to think: if HBSP thinks there's something in this, then gosh, maybe I ought to look into it! The rest is history. Narrative intelligence: There's something wrong with the term, "storytelling", since it implies a kind of one-way relationship: I tell and you listen. The kind of "storytelling" I'm advocating is very much two-way. It's interactive. There's at least as much "story listening" as "storytelling". An ability to navigate successfully in this quicksilver world of interacting narratives is what I call narrative intelligence."
~ Steve Denning