Storytelling to Power

I used this phrase in a document today, discussing ‘innovation’, and the way that our challenge may not be around ideas, but rather in finding power behind our voice, to create the social movement to allow those ideas to be heard.

Storytelling to Power

Formal systems are good at hearing known voices, in permitted spaces, but can be very resistant to hearing subversive ideas, ideas that fall outside the familiar, or anticipated frame.

Black Swans: Innovation and disruption

Most of our organisations are adapted to face known challenges in known spaces, but resilience may lie in our ability to face unknown challenges in unknown spaces. And for that, we may have to learn to tell provocative stories to formal power.

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11 Responses to Storytelling to Power

  1. onthepages says:

    Julian do you think if the organizations we worked in were more focused on allowing social storytelling over formal to propagate more that we might have something different? We would solve more for organizations and land in the known challenge – known ecosystem? Which if we did land there we would obviously have a much healthier environment in our organizations because we would be aligned with being effective and optimized. Just wondered how you felt there. I’ve been working through days 10-29 of Social Leadership: My First 100 Days and just finished storytelling in narrative. This sparks some great thoughts. Thanks!

    • julianstodd says:

      Hey, i hope you are enjoying the 100 day journey: if i can help at all, please just reach out and ask. I think the ideal state is to have both fantastic formal, and fantastic social, storytelling, and to recognise that each draws upon different types of power. The challenge for social storytellers is to find the power behind their voice, and the challenge for formal storytellers is often to find the humility to listen.

      I enjoyed looking around your blog by the way: nice thoughts, and great intent. Best wishes, Julian

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