UNSPOKEN STORIES
Overview

The Unspoken Stories method is a way to find meaning and purpose in narratives, micro-narratives and shared experiences so that they can identify the best way to resolve a challenge.

Concept

The Unspoken Stories concept is based on the natural human behaviour of identifying meaning and purpose by structuring it as a story. Although the stories and narratives that people tell and share may have some meaning and purpose for them, very often the people they are sharing the stories with can find it difficult to identify that meaning and purpose. The Unspoken Stories method provides a fundamental story structure that people can use to give a wider and deeper understanding to the stories and narratives. Unspoken Stories can be used prospectively or retrospectively, to make sense of what needs to be done or what has been done.

Purpose

The purpose of Unspoken Stories is to provide a framework for understanding the motivations and needs described in the stories and story fragments that people share. Using the Unspoken Stories method enables people to frame their perceptions and share their perspectives about a particular situation so that they can gain a wider and deeper understanding of it. The Unspoken Stories method also helps people open up to the stories and narratives that they share so that they can explore ways of developing their self-awareness and expanding their situational awareness.

Uses
  • To provide a framework for understanding the motivations and needs
  • To make sense of anecdotal stories, story fragments and micro-narratives
  • To frame perceptions and perspectives around a specific situation
  • To gain wider and deeper understanding the situation
  • To become more aware of the stories that are emerging
  • To become more aware of the influence of narratives stories
  • To provide a structure for developing self-awareness and situational awareness
  • To move beyond gossip and individual opinions being presented as absolute truth
  • To work with stories in a positive and healthy manner
  • To identify meaning and purpose in a situation
  • To make sense prospectively and retrospectively

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