Using Story For Good
Moving Beyond Entertainment
Stories are everywhere…
Books, magazines, movies, television and art all share a common thread as expressions of story. In many cases these stories are sources of entertainment. They make us laugh and cry. They expose us to beauty and are sources of pleasure.
Yet Story, at its core, is not merely entertainment. Robert McKee, a brilliant storyteller, once wrote:
“Stories are the creative conversion of life itself into a more powerful, clearer, more meaningful experience. They are the currency of human contact.”
If we see story as McKee sees it, then we can recognize that stories have the potential to transform, heal and empower us as human beings. They can do more than make us laugh and cry. They can inspire and educate.
Beyond Our Experiences…
Beyond our experiences, it is the stories we encounter that expand our dreams, relationships and ultimately our realities. In this way, without access to great storytelling, our lives are limited in their potential, not just in what we can gain from this world, but what we might give to it.
Many of us are inundated with storytelling through access to vast communication technology Our choice is in which direction to turn our ear. But for others, that choice does not exist. Their access to such storytelling is limited by elements of geography and socio-economic status.
The Work of Fireside…
Fireside International is giving these segments of humanity access to great storytelling and in turn giving them the opportunity to dream bigger dreams for themselves and their communities. To provide this access, we are utilizing time tested storytelling methodology and ever-expanding communication technology both domestically and abroad.
The result of this access, is a happier, more educated and more productive person. That simple but profound transformation starts a fire that spreads through communities large and small, giving people an opportunity to realize their highest potential.
Moving Beyond Entertainment…
Fireside International is inviting people to see stories as more than entertainment, but to recognize them as “the currency of human contact.” When we make this recognition, and even recognize the significance of our own story, we can use the great power of storytelling to make the world a better place.
Join us in lighting that fire!
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