I want to collect inputs from others to ensure my work is relevant to the people I’m working for.

Storyworld

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INSPIRED BY : Julier J., Kimbell L. (2012) Storyworld. p24. In: The Social Design Methods Menu.


Level of Involvement

More complex tool that should ideally be done over a few days. Given the strategic nature of the inputs/outputs, this needs consultations with seniors, peers and ideally needs to be revised after a first pass.


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What is it & why should I do it?

 

Qualitative data collected through interviews and observations can be incredibly rich. A structured way of documenting this during the analysis and for communication is very important. The Storyworld tool provides a useful way to highlight the most relevant insights from your research. It helps you to do this without being overwhelmed with details, showing you how to structure your documentation so that the discussions you have afterwards are in tune with the learning requirements.

 

The tool enables you to bring part of a person’s world with you once you start designing a solution that is addressed to them. It allows you to create stories that make people easier to relate to – often closely matching the colour and complexity of somebody’s everyday life. These stories can be key triggers to inspire creative ideas.

 

How do I use it?

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You can use Storyworld as input for a creative workshop. Fill out the worksheet in advance, to provide a structured profile that is relevant to the topic. This offers a useful starting point for a brainstorm on ideas for new solutions.

 

You can also use Storyworld as a workshop activity by filling out the sections of the worksheet together with your team, while going through selected data from your research. This enables the team to develop a joint understanding of a person and his/her world.

 

In some situations you can even use Storyworld as a research tool by taking the worksheet to an interview with someone. Together map out the different aspects of themselves and their life as part of your conversation. This works particularly well with active and creative research participants.

 

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  1. Barbara Rosasco

    Kasumisou Foundation

    User Rating: 3

    I think this is a good tool to help us to see how others are hearing the story that we are telling. If we cannot create an emotional connection then the story is not heard.

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  2. Susannah McCandless

    Global Diversity Foundation

    User Rating: 4

    We have shifted increasingly to an emphasis on storytelling in our reporting, trainings for environmental changemakers and organizational communications strategy. WE look forward to featuring some of the outcomes of using this tool in our future reporting on GlobalGiving!

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  3. shanigar

    The Association of People witn Disability

    User Rating: 5

    I think this is a very good tool to help us to see how our donors are hearing the story that we are telling. If we cannot create an emotional connection then the story is not heard. As most of our donors are staying abroad and they would like to know the impact of their donation. story telling is the only way to connect with them

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  4. Noel Banda

    Chinseu Community Based Organisation.

    User Rating: 4

    This tool is more helpful to organisations that are using online platforms and local fundraisings hence you attract more supporters if your stories are alligned to your cause.

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  5. Kristine Cleland

    Collinsville Food Pantry

    User Rating: 5

    I firmly believe that a project becomes successful is that everyone involved has a voice. That data and information must be collected from everyone helping to make the project work. Someone will have ideas that will help improve the process.

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  6. VICTORIA

    User Rating: 3

    Storytelling is an excellent tool to create emotional identification between the different social actors that are part of an organization. This tool allows us to effectively be able to share beneficiaries´insights, points of view, needs and aspirations.; not only with donorsbut also with team members and the community in which we develop our programmes.
    Knowing, understanding and being able to share our beneficiaries needs and ways of life, brings us close to them and allows a more sensitive approach to their needs and problems.

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  7. Clifton Shipway

    The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission

    User Rating: 4

    I thought the StoryWorld tool kit was a really good start for piecing together someone’s story. I think it could be taken a little further, but it certainly does cover some of the most important parts in sharing a persons life. I’ve been able to use it with my orphanages Child Sponsorship program, to help tell the story of our children (especially our older ones) to potential new sponsors. It also is great for us as an organization to learn about the aspirations of our kids, knowing their dreams/goals helps us to focus on helping them strategically.

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  8. Bonnie Robins

    Lewisboro Land Trust

    User Rating: 4

    I think this is a very good tool, utilizing the recipients perspective as the focus of the story. Being recipient oriented it is a basis for creation of more powerful appeals for the charitable organization.

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  9. Bonnie Robins

    Lewisboro Land Trust

    User Rating: 4

    I am going to make a video utilizing storyworld template to bring the story alive by interviewing a participant.

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  10. Lyton

    Youth for environmental development

    User Rating: 5

    There was a time I was thinking volunteering it’s something which was a waste of time not realizing that with it I can bring change in my community and in country @ large and there are so many Opportunities from that for example experience sake.

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    • Margaret Magombo

      User Rating: 5

      This is an important tool that would help the recipients to easily empathize with people involved and provide necessary help. Positive impact comes when the problem is empathetically approached

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  11. Margaret Magombo

    User Rating: 4

    This is an important tool that can help everyone listening to the story empathize with the people involved. Others can easily help with ways to deal with a challenge. It is also easy to identity better ways that will really bring positive impact.

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  12. kashweka kalombo

    User Rating: 4

    Story telling its really a powerful too in that its creates connection and bonds to project stake holders and the nature of project management depend on effective communication.

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  13. kashweka kalombo

    User Rating: 4

    Story telling is a communications tool that can enhance the project manager’s effectiveness and improve the chances of success on a project.

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