From: Gabriele Bammer <>

Subject: How storytelling can help drive system change

Date: February 6, 2023 at 3:32:24 PM EST

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Gabriele Bammer
 6 Feb 2023 
3:32 p.m.
How storytelling can help drive system change is described by Thea Snow, David Murikumthara, Teya Dusseldorp, Rachel Fyfe, Lila Wolff & Jane McCracken in Stories change systems by supporting individuals to change how they see themselves, their communities & their broader context including by building empathy & shifting mindsets. Good stories are authentic, honour the voice of person or community whose story is being told & use language & voice of community; they capture the heart & go deeper than data. Good stories resist bending themselves to fit a pre-existing narrative, instead they challenge the dominant narrative to help dislodge that narrative, thus helping change systems. 6 issues making it hard to tell stories about work involved in systems change: 1) power & trust 2) complexity 3) resources & capability 4) receiver readiness 5) limits of language 6) biases. =================================================== Professor Gabriele Bammer National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health ANU College of Health and Medicine The Australian National University 62 Mills Road Acton ACT 2601 Australia +61 2 6125 0716 @GabrieleBammer TEQSA Provider ID: PRV12002 (Australian University) | CRICOS Provider Code: 00120C ABN: 52 234 063 906 ===================================================