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Anecdote circles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

An anecdote circle resembles a focus group except it’s designed to elicit people’s stories—their real life experiences—rather than opinions. The role of the anecdote facilitator is to ask very few, open questions which helps the participants recount real events. The facilitator spends most of their time listening and whenever someone offers an opinion they ask […]

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Its not about right or wrong..

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

We collected an anecdote and used it in a document, and the document came to the attention of senior management. We were advised that the anecdote was inaccurate in some of its specifics, that it presented an overly negative picture and that there was a logical reason why someone might behave in the way described […]

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Using comics to capture and make sense of stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 23, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Here at Anecdote we mostly capture stories using anecdote circles recording what’s said on digital audio. But this is not the only way for people to gift their stories. A fun approach, which can be done in small groups, is to get people to remember key events and capture these stories in comic book form. You […]

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Most Significant Change

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 14, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Most Significant Change is a narrative-based evaluation technique that has been used extensively in program evaluation in social change applications.  Shawn and I had an enjoyable lunch today with Dr Jess Dart one of the originators of the technique and highly respected internationally in its application.  Visit the Clear Horizon website for details about MSC, including the free manual.  […]

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Narrative reveals values in action

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 11, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

During the course of 2005 we ran many narrative projects on a range of topics including project evaluation, occupational health and safety, trust, change management and culture change.  In each case one of the valuable outcomes was the exposure of the values in action in the organisation.  In several cases, the values in action were significantly […]

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Employment Today has published our paper on narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 11, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Employment Today has published our paper called Telling Tales which is a version of Using Stories to Size up a Situation. This paper is primarily about the use of anecdote circles and how they can supplement surveys and interviews. If you want to understand the full process we use to collect, make sense and design interventions […]

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Collecting stories to build a World Trade Center memorial

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

BL Ochman has alerted me to this excellent initiative. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is collecting stories about 9/11. I guess we all remember what we were doing when this tragic event unfolded. The story-base will be significant and I can see how it will be an effective memorial. With such a rich resource […]

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Narrative and Change Management Whitepaper now available online

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 19, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I recently announced our new whitepaper entitled Avoiding change management failure using business narrative. I’ve now posted it on our site. Would love to hear your thoughts about it.

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Where’s the science? It’s just an anecdote…

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 18, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Anecdotes and anecdotal evidence are considered fairly sceptically by scientists and science as a whole. Science is very much concerned about verifiability and repeatability and although an anecdote is certainly repeatable, verifying an anecdote is a whole other story. Scientists do fear the anecdote, and rightly so. Scientists face a lot of frustration with how the sharing […]

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New Anecdote whitepaper: Avoiding change management failure using business narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 13, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I’m pleased to let everyone know Andrew, Mark and I have finished our first whitepaper together and we will be sending it out to everyone who has subscribed to our newsletter list. If you would like a copy now just add yourself as a subscriber. For those of you who can wait, we will be […]

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