Why Story the Future?
Humans live in a world of stories. We use stories to make sense and meaning of the world. And in a very real sense, these stories create the reality we live in.
Today it seems like our story is a dark one.
You’ve probably seen it too: conflict and power imbalances everywhere. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of violence. We have toxic workplaces we don’t talk about. We are afraid of others who are different to us. We’re worried if there is “enough” to go around. What will be the world we leave for our children?
But does it have to be that way?
All of us need to take responsibility.
If storytelling is a basic human gift, and the stories we tell are creating our future, then it’s up to us to become more aware and intentional about the stories we are telling and listening to, and the future we’re creating together.
It’s too important to leave to politicians, business leaders, and the world of the media and advertising to create for us.
Together, we create the story.
Story the Future is a conversation.
It’s an inquiry. It’s an opportunity to look at what’s going wrong and our dreams of what could go right. It’s a campfire where we can come together and share what we think of the present, and tell stories about the future we want.
How do all of us -- as storytellers, story-lovers, and people who work with story -- increase our awareness and our agency?
We started in September 2018 with a three-week online Summit featuring 75 international narrative change practitioners, totally 42 hours worth of content. We continue in 2019 with Story the Future Learning Encounters — practical, hands-on skills around specific story topics — and Story the Future Live — an online live stream of international story sharing.