PNI2 Call Recording April 11, 2018 – Project stories

Our PNI Institute call for April 11, 2018 was for trading stories about PNI projects. We talked about projects that surprised us, projects we were proud of, and projects we thought people needed to hear about. And of course we talked about what makes a good project...

Storytelling is the new normal?

Sometimes one gets an opportunity to use a channel to put things forward to an audience one never thought one would meet. Such an event happened last week when I was a guest for the second time in the GloComNet webinar series on Complexity and Uncertainty. The webinar is recorded in a brand new TV studio which can livestream 4K content. The webinars recordings have audiences up to 1500 people, so it was a real honour to be a guest.

The topic of this fifth episode was storytelling and complexity, which seems odd at first, since storytelling to most people is primarily known as a business method to deliver a message to an audience. Lately, Storytelling has almost replaced PowerPoint on congress podia. And today’s ads on TV or the internet must be “Stories” else – the marketing experts say – nobody takes them seriously (which I doubt, but alas).

Narrative Knowledge Management

We have been told by economic leaders, macro-economic models, the press, and politicians that we live in a globalized world, run by “hot money” capital systems, political superpowers, and large corporations. Dissident voices exist (see for example Doughnut Economics), but the globalised view is the dominant view. In everyday life, however, I observe something completely different. There, local forces and context matter. In this post I want to lay out a different image of the world, one that is more hopeful and human.

PNI call January 10: PNI and Narrative Inquiry

Our PNI Institute call on January 10, 2018 continued our Reading Club series and focused on a paper and video on the subject of Narrative Inquiry. I (Cynthia) started the discussion by noting something that had struck me as curious. When I was looking around the...

We are growing

The PNI Institute now has 85 members! That's an exciting number. Also: we recently discovered that the forms plugin we were using to register new members was not sending out the registration email it was supposed to. So if you registered and didn't get an email,...

PNI call December 13: PNI for citizens

We were supposed to talk about PNI and start-with-a-list methods on this call, but we had a new member join in, and he was thinking about PNI in support of citizen participation, so we talked about that instead. (I"m not sure we will ever talk about PNI and...

PNI call September 13: Action Research

Our September call was our first "PNI Reading Club" call. We all read some papers in the field of action research and talked about how PNI relates to it. These are some of the things we discussed: The great extent to which PNI is related to action research, and how it...

PNI call June 14: Describing PNI with the Tipu Ake model

In our June call, we went through the Tipu Ake ki te Ora Leadership Model with respect to participatory narrative inquiry. Here's what we came up with. The Tipu Ake model is "An Organic Growth View" people use to "consider growth within the rich interdependent...