The Power in Story Experience

This is the second introductory blog post to The Power in Storyour upcoming three-part series exploring learning and transformation through story. Designed and facilitated by Chrissie Orr, co-founder of El Otro Lado and the Institute for Living Story, and Aaron Stern, Academy Founder and President, the series is for people working with story across disciplines and applications and recognize the capacity of story to enliven and heal.

In this interview, Chrissie shares what workshop participants can expect to experience as they activate their individual, collective, and community stories. An AUDIO RECORDING  of the interview is also available.

Stay tuned for weekly blog posts with insights into The Power in Story series. Learn more by visiting the series listing or contacting co-facilitator Chrissie Orr.

In this series people will be really delving, in a deep way, into the idea of power in story using various different experiences, somatic, creative, written, spoken experiences that you will be able to take away with you and activate in your own work. We will also be delving into a lot of the Academy practices, such as a practice called partnering, which is really essential to this idea of story and having the story witnessed, so it is based on an active listening. We will be looking at also the ethics and sensitivities that we need to have as cultural story workers or just as an individual, being sensitive to your own personal story. We will be looking at that, the ethics of who owns the story, who tells the story, how is it retold, should it be retold? There will be many tools, it is an interesting word a tool, but many tools that participants will be able to take with them and utilize, actually, out in the world to either make person change, a community change or even – which would be wonderful – a policy change.


“There’s the story, then there’s the real story, then there’s the story of how the story came to be told. Then there’s what you leave out of the story. Which is part of the story too.” Margaret Atwood