Sharing stories with strange people

In our monthly Zoom calls this year, we have been going through a list of the uses of participatory narrative inquiry. To support our discussions, I've been taking some time each month to think about the topic of the next call. I have no particular process in doing...

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Dialogue and conflict during the PNI stages

A bit over a month ago I published a blog post called Complicating the narratives with PNI in preparation for this month’s PNI call on dialogue and conflict resolution. It is about the role PNI can play in constructive journalism. The PNI process itself is however also full of conflicts. So this blog will be about the dialogues and conflicts encountered during the PNI stages: Planning, Collection, Catalysis, Sensemaking, Intervention and Return.

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Story the Future Summit Sept 10-30

Anyone interested in learning more about the broad landscape of story work will want to check out the Story the Future Online Summit taking place September 10 to 30. I (Cynthia Kurtz) contributed a half-hour interview, as did something like 30 other people in the...

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Complicating the Narratives with PNI

Helping people see the world through each others eyes, overcoming personal barriers and connecting people to prevent or solve conflict is one of the core propositions of PNI (working with stories). So it is for good reasons conflict resolution will be the October topic in our 2018 series of monthly PNI talks. So there must be a good reason to blog on this now. Well, there is ….

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A signal is a choice

On our next PNI call we are going to talk about the use of PNI for weak signal detection. I was thinking about this, and I realized that every time I hear those three words, a movie scene plays out in my mind. It goes like this. The astute detective and the...

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