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Storytelling in CLCs Work - Reasons, Roles and Risks
Stories matter because stories are about people
Storytelling requires opportunity
Storytellers need listeners
Storytelling can empower individuals and communities
Stories can be stolen and power appropriated
Stories create awareness of others
Stories change minds and bring people together
Stories can inspire and lead to ideas and action
Stories can damage
Stories can heal
Stories can engender empathy, understanding and care
UNLESS the stories of CLC clients and workers are told, CLC work and history is not complete, and people may care less.
UNLESS someone cares, nothing will change.
“But now,” says the Once-ler,
“Now that you’re here,
The word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
UNLESS someone like you
Cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.
Storytelling for CLC clients and CLCs is a way of claiming ownership and control, a method of effective advocacy, a form of community development and empowerment, a bearing witness and a complement to data.
Storytelling is strategic, ethically challenging, creative, risky, effective, and fun.
Come, tell and listen to the stories
Learn and discuss the methods, opportunities and risks
Be with other people who care,
at the 2015 National CLCs Conference
Pullman Melbourne on the Park, Melbourne, 25-27 August 2015
 Dr Seuss, The Lorax Collins, London, 1971