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Telling Our Stories and Changing Our Lives

Pranis, Kay
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) VOMA Connections. Spring 2002. Number 10. 5, 9.

Kay Pranis asserts that sharing stories from our own personal experiences – especially stories of pain or struggle, or stories reflecting our imperfections – can radically change how we see one another. This in turn can radically change how we relate to one another. In conflicts, when people are relating to each other in harmful ways, personal narrative storytelling can create new ways for the parties in conflict to see one another. This may make resolution of the conflict possible. Pranis unfolds her perspective through exploration of the power of storytelling, storytelling and personal reflection, empowerment through listening, the storytelling environment, and specific examples of this kind of interaction.


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