A narrative or story is a report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images, or both. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.
Our CEO and Chief Storyteller, Tony Quinlan, spoke on Thursday 15th November 2018 at the Bangkok workshop on UN Data Literacy. Talking about using ethnography in-field, he discussed projects we’ve undertaken with Cognitive Edge’s SenseMaker tools.
I’ve realised that site changes mean that one of the best case studies of using SenseMaker® in field has disappeared from both the Cognitive Edge and GirlEffect websites. I was lucky enough to work alongside both the authors – in Rwanda and to a lesser extent in Ethiopia – on these brilliant projects. If you’re looking for […]
Tomorrow, I (Tony) am running a workshop on narrative in Leeds at the LGComms conference – looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and returning to a theme that I haven’t touched on in a few years. And in preparing today, I came across this blogpost from five years ago – which while relevant to […]
Moving cultural beliefs and patterns is tough – the way that people behave generates micro-narratives and stories that then inform (constrain) how other people behave. Feedback loops and patterns that can strengthen over time, making change seem impossible*. In our work with SenseMaker, we see this in organisational cultures, in national values and beliefs and […]
It’s a couple of months ago now, but Narrate’s Chief Storyteller, Tony Quinlan, was invited to talk at the fourth UN Data Innovation Learning Lab event, held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2017. The event focused on “making data meaningful and making the invisible visible“. The video of the talk is available on YouTube here: […]
Nice article today on the WorldBank and its behavioural change aims – my favourite piece was this: Toilets, for example. Nowhere is open defecation more prominent than in India, where more than 600 million people have no access to a toilet. But even where proper sanitation has been installed, “people tend not to want to […]
As promised, here are the slides from last week’s presentation at the Partnership for Peace base in Ankara. The usual caveats apply – I’m not sure how much sense these make without my discussion over the top… Download 001 StratCom narrative presentation – March 2015
If you’re thinking about running a project exploring complex issues like culture, there’s another chance to kick start a project with the SenseMaker® trainings in Seattle from 11–13th March 2015. As many people know, I’ve been using SenseMaker® software to understand populations and design and monitor programmes for the past six years. In recent years, […]
It’s been an “interesting” few weeks at breakneck pace, so I’m a bit behind in putting things up. So, catching up bit by bit – here are the slides from the ESRC Learning From Incidents seminar at Southampton University on 15th October, along with some reflections from the morning. Download 002 Learning from Incidents – […]
I've added a new podcast to my already-lengthy list. It's another BBC one – this time a short 2-3 minute piece each day, summing up news stories of 100 years ago in the lead up to World War I. A few weeks in, and I've already learned plenty, but it highlights a number of key […]