They say, and there is a lot of written material on the subject as well, that stories, folktales train the imagination and help inner images evolve in children (indeed, in anyone) – and the ability to create inner images is a fundamental, essential human skill for many reasons – for example, if we want to tackle any problems cropping up in our life, we must first be able to imagine a solution, or several versions of solutions in ourselves, without that we will not be able to find and carry out any real solution. But sometimes the solution is right there – it is enough to imagine something or think of it in a different way…
As I work and walk the world of Storytelling I always hear people say that Storytelling is making a comeback. Did it ever go? One question to ponder on!
When we talk about storytelling, we have to talk about listening as well. Listening is unseperable from telling. If the storyteller senses that the other does not pay attention, does not listen, he/she loses the motivation to tell his/her story.
Being able to tell and being heard are the two pillars in the development of social skills. People that are able to express themselves will be heard. People that are heard will feel respected, their self-esteem will grow and they will be able to interact actively within society. Storytelling can help people to express themselves in a strong way.
The awareness of narrative structures can help people to tell their story in a way that others are willing to listen. You can easily train people in using narrative structures.
When we tell and listen to stories, we can almost feel our souls breathing fully and deeply. Our capacity to see options, to visualize possibilities, to imagine expands and we are somehow more alive."
In the framework of the Aladdin project senior volunteers will help - by using storytelling techniques - to develop different skills and competences in young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Together with 4 NGOs from other countries, we will start to develop a new method - using storytelling - to help with the social integration of young people with disadvantaged backgrounds. The work will start in September, 2015. The project is financed by Erasmus plus and coordinated by Elan Interculturel (France). Soon more details will be available.