Using the stories

There are many uses for stories.  These overlap and can also conflict.

[advocacy, personal expression, evaluation, critical reflection, learning, dialogue, action-research]

When planning a creative storytelling process, it is important to consider:

  • How will stories be used?  Consider how the different people and organisations involved in the process want to use the stories.  They may have different ideas.  If you want a public relations exercise, this approach is not appropriate.
  • Who is going to tell the stories, and what motivations do they have for telling their stories?
  • What additional steps do you need to include for the stories to be used for advocacy, evaluation, learning or policy influence?

The process of storytelling must be as open as possible to be effective, so additional uses for the stories can be incorporated after stories have been completed, with the consent of the storytellers.