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Background Reading

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Some useful storytelling resources on the web:




Relying on Ourselves, The Spirit of Rural Community Development by Nelda K. Pearson: a section on the role of storytelling in community development in rural Appalachia


Scott Russell Sanders' article on the importance of storytelling, The Most Human Art


Barbara Ganley, Re-weaving the Community, Creating the Future (Draft .doc)


Barbara Ganley's Delicious.com feed of storytelling bookmarks (updated continuously)


More Resources from Barbara and Community Expressions LLC


Resources from Orton: Why Storytelling and Storytelling Planning


Working with Stories, a free online Book by Cynthia Kurtz



Storytelling Organizations Working with Communities


Anecdote, a storytelling organization has produced a hand-out on Conducting Anecdote Circles, similar to Story Circles


Stories for Change: Community-storytelling network site with tips, examples, and links


Center for Digital Storytelling--One of the first groups to engage communities with the process of digital storytelling


Creative Narrations  Storytelling for community change


Voices The group Josh Schachter has worked with on capturing the stories of Tucson.



Orton Family Foundation's Pilot Heart & Soul Communities


Biddeford, Maine (Heart of Biddeford website)

Damariscotta, Maine

Golden, Colorado

Victor, Idaho


Art & Soul Pilot Community:  Starksboro, Vermont


Additional Resources


Josh Schacter's Tips for Planning Storytelling Projects Community Story Tips-Josh Schachter.doc


Josh Schacter's List of Community Media Websites  Community Media Websites-Josh Schachter.doc








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