Storytelling Experiment: Day 3 – Aggregation

This is the third in a series of 5 pieces that i am sharing that form a mini Experiment in Storytelling. Feel free to take part!

Consider your Communities as incubators and filters of ideas. Some stories fly within these spaces. Some form a grain that ideas coalesce around. We can call this process Aggregation: but ask yourself what causes this to happen?

Why do some conversations fade away, whilst others become a central discussion within a group?

This is a conversation about how things become talked about, which is really another way of saying how things become important to a group. Important enough to talk about.

Aggregation probably relates to the things we have discussed already in Days 1 and 2 but add another layer on top: ‘power’ provides a context, and the right ‘handles’ mean that people have the potential to individually engage. But Aggregation is where all of that individual potential comes together.

Consider these examples:

  1. Great Thunberg protests individually outside her parliament, and starts a global movement: how did her individual story become a global one? Where did this Aggregation occur?
  2. Women are paid less than men for the same job, but nobody really cared (or at least, nobody with the power to solve it did anything). Yet now the gender pay gap is a conversation. How did it become normalised? Did individuals always feel aggrieved, but lacked a space to Aggregate? What changed?
  3. It used to be usual to work in an office, but now it’s usual to work in cafes or from home: how did this normalisation occur? In what space did opinion aggregate, and which group made the decision that is was ok?


  1. Where does this Aggregation occur?
  2. Do you think you can do anything to support it?
  3. Can you think of another example to share?

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14 Responses to Storytelling Experiment: Day 3 – Aggregation

  1. andreaflorescont says:

    1. In differents context but principaly in the intention of the persons
    2. Yes
    3. In the school when you are teacher you have this conflic and you have a questions about if you realy teach the necesary for you’re students and if this kind of topics are apropiate for doing a significative learning.

  2. Wendy says:

    1. I think, because is an interestig topic for the people. Sime kinds of topic or relevant success take place ’cause is the actual topic in some countries.
    2. Actually the woman around the world is taking an important place for her value.
    3. Since your cel phone or laptop, maybe.

  3. Victor says:

    1.- I think this aggregation occurs when we as a society start to discuss certain topics and make it more commun in our everyday routine.
    2.- I think that the only way to support this aggregation it’s to talk about it, in this way we normalize things and therefore make it a common thing.
    3.- I don’t know if this example counts, but I think that the way we look at the information a news has changed, whit the so called “fake news”, I think before these were a thing people took the information for granted and didn’t care to see if it was true or not, because before people trusted the information, now is very difficult to gain trust because there is to many missinformation in the internet.

    • Danny Mendoza says:

      #1 this aggregation occur when the locutor needs to enbolb the interlocutor and take his attention, tells how he can use the 2 first topics.
      2# yes, I can help him with a story’s of real life
      3# shame on me to say no..

  4. mvera7 says:

    1. I think it is generated when someone actually listens and gives importance and feels that empathy for the situation and the subject in general then leads it in comparison with his/her environment and realizes a new reality that did not know
    2.try to raise awareness by sharing real stories and data with which people can identify themselves
    3. May be forums or conferences in schools

  5. Estefania says:

    1.- Probably the aggregation occurs when the things that we said have relevance and an impact in the society, then, in our everyday routine we make this more common and we start to make the difference.
    2.- Yes, as a common person we can do our own best try to change the society sharing our ideas with the world, adding relevance things that support and help.
    3.- Maybe this will be a bad example, but Hitler with his idea, change the mind of a hole country and start a war for his ideas and beliefs.

  6. Claudia Davila says:

    1-Where does this aggregation occur?
    I think so occurs after a controversial issue, and that everyone is interested
    2-Do you think you can do something to support it? as long as people are interested in the topic to be treated, they should support
    3-Can you think of another example to share?
    Femicide is very fashionable, although it is a somewhat sad subject

  7. Ebed Barrón Ramírez says:

    1. This can be understood in these two ways:
    Share points of view different from those of the issuer, these different points will be based on own experience, knowledge gained, additional comments from other people, etc.
    Or, additional points of view may arise to the point of the issuer.
    2. This point of view is resolved through an open dialogue, that is, identifying strengths and weaknesses of each point of view, after identifying complementary points and giving examples of each side, so that through that, the arguments have support and are valid.
    3. Blogs & forums.

  8. Adilene Morales says:

    1- esta agregación puede producirse en cualquier contexto, no necesariamente debo utilizar a los mismos personajes, ni pintar el escenario tal cual fue, puedo disfrazar esto sin perder el sentido del problema planteado.
    te platicaba que trabajo con niños, mismos que me han enseñado a que, esta situacion puede ser tan interesante segun el sentido que le de quien lo maneja, puedo llegar a contar una historia de cuentos de hadas donde me base en el planteamiento anterior, o incluso hacer una historia tan de miedo que los mantenga no solo entretenidos, sino con su atención totalmente centrada en lo que están escuchando,pero creo primero debemos manejarnos un OBJETIVO.
    con mi historia, QUÉ QUIERO LOGRAR O TRASMITIR? no se, tal vez se me ocurre que con este quiero que mis niños sean críticos, o tal vez solo quiero que entiendan que existen diversas causas por las que las personas deciden que las decisiones ya no sean de forma individual sino que influyan mas personas, etc. (mil opciones)
    una vez fijado el objetivo, la persona que narra la historia deberá moldear las estrategias que pondrá en práctica durante la historia, es mi humilde opinion.

    2- Desde luego, no dudo quién vaya a recurrir por medio de la historia a apoyar dicha situación, sin embargo si el OBJETIVO fuese APOYAR, lo más viable es que después de escuchar y respetar diversas opiniones, nos conectemos de inmediato con la investigación, para ahondar más, tener datos certeros,compartir situaciones basadas en experiencias de todo tipo y por que no primordial mente partir de las experiencias personales, etc,

    3- la tecnología, estamos ausentes… adoptamos sentimientos que no nos pertenecen, puedes creer que apenas y recuerdo la palabra empatía, la olvide de tanto ver noticias sangrientas, me olvide se ser empatico de tanto estar peleando con los demas por facebook con tal de llevar la contraria en un tema demasiado polemico pero que nisiquiera es de mi incunvencia,

    los padres tienen que trabajar mucho para vivir, pero yo creo que viven para trabajar, PADRES AUSENTES, NIÑOS VACÍOS.

    Nos pasamos la vida queriendo matar al tiempo, pero sabes quien termina matándonos???

    Adilene Morales.

  9. Ximena Valdez says:

    2-yes practice it

  10. Juan David Zapata Zamora says:

    1- I think this Aggregation occur when different people or social groups share the same ideas when they face a problem
    2- Well, personally, if we talk to do something against or for the problem, I don’t think we can’t do anything but to spread it more and more
    3- I think anything related to gender.

  11. Violeta Navarro says:

    1. This aggregation can be produced in different contexts, using the ideas that the people share.
    2. To heart the different opinions, and respect each point.
    3. can be the differents ideas that the students express on the classroom about a topic, in this case all of them can help their classmates, to form a concept more complete.

  12. jevsss says:

    1 well I think that in all conversations where questions are asked there are great anwers and this leads us to join great thoughts and something new

    2 ´well you can analyze each person whatever and choose the one you consider best and complement what you need with the idea of the person

    3 i really prefer not to comment it

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