Storytelling is a country’s backbone

Stories build nations, organisations and families. They shape our national character and reveal the heart of an organisation.

Stories surround us and those stories give our lives meaning.

Over the years, there has been a  lot of conjecture about whether the world will be taken over by machines; some have even suggested that the time will come when Artificial Intelligence runs the world and people will be redundant. This is the stuff of science fiction but there are those who believe that science fiction predicts the future. And there is evidence to support that.

However, there will always be one thing that sets us apart from the machine – that is our ability to create unique stories.

It will be a long time before machines can do that, and I wonder why we would ever want to programme robots to tell our stories anyway.

So how is it that storytelling is such an integral part of our everyday life?

Stories give us context.

Just recently we were tasked with the job of capturing The Story Mint’s eco-system. This will influence our brand, our essence and why The Story Mint exists.  It answers the question: why are we so passionate about what we do?

The result was a nest with eggs in it. The eggs being the knowledge we all share and the stories we nurture within a safe environment. The surrounding nest is the community, our readers, social and environmental factors. This is a sketchy description but it gives you the idea that The Story Mint has its own story to tell.

One of the reasons we all give for belonging to The Story Mint is that we want to become better storytellers. But why is that so important? In fact, so important we dedicate hours to capturing our stories so we can share them with other people?

I believe it is because we instinctively know that the glue that holds a society together is the stories we tell.

We want people to tell stories that trigger a response intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. And that is exactly why a machine will never be able to tell stories the way we do.

Corporations are now turning to storytelling as a way to resolve conflict, cultivate innovation and cultivate single-minded focus. In an article titled The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool, Harrison Monarth, from John Hopkins University, explains how Shakespeare’s skilful storytelling worked back then and is equally relevant in today’s world.

I have been intrigued by the way the writers at The Story Mint are experimenting with different genres in our serials section. Further, I have been amazed and excited by the creative ways writers have developed their stories and how well each has worked. The experimenting has certainly worked for me. I have never written fantasy, nor have I had much to do with mystery and intrigue but I have loved writing in these unfamiliar genres. When I pondered why this was so, I realised that good story telling relies on the same elements – exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and denouement.

If the serial follows that structure, it really does not matter what the genre is. However, the content is unique to each writer and that is why I will always say that machines will never become storytellers….that is unless there is a human being driving the controls.

 

 

 

 

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Comments

That is so true. I wish almost every day my father was around so I could ask him questions about his life and our family! I can only guess at why they came to NZ and how it felt to be in an unfamiliar country while over the sea their country was at war in the first world war. My father was too young to go but I always knew he regretted that. Then he signed up a medic assistant in the second. I wish I had heard his stories in much greater depth than the passing comments he made. I also would love to share with him my love of literature because he lit that fire within me as a child. Who lit it in him?