THE ROAD TO REGENERATION THROUGH STORYTELLING
We focus a lot these days on the tools we should be using to tell our digital stories. But two wise women storytellers--educator Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot and anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson--remind us that the craft of storytelling begins with our approach to the story.
Lawrence-Lightfoot counsels us to look for the particular that resides in the general. "Stories well told, with detail and context," she says, "help us to discover the universals among us."
The Field Guide is grounded in this approach. As we immerse ourselves in the fascinating particulars of each project, business, and initiative we profile, the universal principles and patterns of the regenerative economy reveal themselves.
Bateson instructs us to narrate through the eyes and heart of what she calls "the participant-observer" (and by observer she includes self-observer!). Foregoing the pretense of being a mere neutral observer of her subjects and surroundings, she allows herself to be fully present and engaged with them. With our latest storytelling project,
Regenerating Tottenville, we follow Bateson's strategy, simultaneously observing, participating in, and documenting the unfolding story of the regeneration of this forgotten community at the southernmost tip of New York City, where I went to high school (talk about self-observation!). As such,
Regenerating Tottenville is more than a story. We hope it inspires others to be
active participants in the regeneration of their own communities.
We share here the latest from
Regenerating Tottenville and our newest
Field Guide stories below.
Susan Arterian Chang
Field Guide to a Regenerative Economy