1 The Fundamentals

Storytelling 1.0

“The shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.”

—Anthony de Mello1

Storytelling is the most powerful and enduring means of communication. It has been fundamental to the development of society as far back as human history can be traced. As individuals too, many of our early learning experiences are likely to have involved stories through the spoken and written word, as well as through creative role-play. Even before we had the ability to articulate our thoughts and feelings in written form, we learned to make sense of the world through stories.

As a result of this early conditioning, it seems that we all have an in-built understanding of story. When we watch a film, it is the story that ...

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