So many terrific ideas! I have just one to add that I don't think I've read yet.
In the Art of Hosting which I attended recently, we did an activity called, "Collective Story Harvesting", developed by Mary-Alice Arthur, and designed to "surface insights dwelling beneath our stories".
A story is read, and each audience member is tasked with listening to it from a different, specific perspective.
One might be listening for "the narrative arc" (the thread of the story - what are the general events, basic facts?),
another for emotions and values that surface throughout,
another for "pivotal points" (where did a breakthrough occur?),
another for processes (what interventions were tried?),
another for learnings (what did the characters learn?),
and another for visual representation of the story using markers and flip chart paper. This perspective turned out to supply a profound artifact of the story, and a key tool for the animated discussion that followed the story.
It made for a great group experience. We did it twice and both times the story holder was moved to tears when following their stories, we discussed their experience and may have exposed some things they hadn't noticed at the time, and what we could all learn from it.
I like the term, harvesting! It makes it an active and involved process.
Giving people different hats to think about the same story perhaps points to the hidden meanings in a single story or the filters and biases that we bring to the stories as listeners and interpreters.
Very interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing!
I really like this - and how specific it is. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Denise. Yes, when everyone in the group had a specific 'job' and listened with that in mind, we were highly engaged, as we didn't want to let the story holder or the rest of the group down.
For this reason, even though the activity stresses a bit more the 'listening side' of things, I have used it for my Step 4.
I'm sorry I missed the call yesterday, but thanks for posting! My son and I were at the Walk-in medical clinic at the time. All is well however. :)