A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words but a Story is Alive

written by Emily Auvinen

Stories are powerful tools which have been an integral part of living, learning and have helped humans survive for thousands of years. Before written language and online communication, the means to share was through listening, remembering and continuing to spread the wisdom and knowledge through the telling of stories.[i]

From fairy tales to new Hollywood action movies, each narrative has a lesson to be found and the power to connect beyond quantitative knowledge in the age of big data—a story is data with a soul.

The Stanford graduate school of business found that:[ii]

Stories are 22 times more memorable than facts alone.

What stories do we tell ourselves and others about history and the current world events? The stories of culture and society go far deeper than sharing our best and worst moments between close family and friends. Quantitative statistics cannot compare to the quality of stories, data filled with expression and emotion in natural human interaction. A recent social psychology study, that the reduction of human bias and an increase in empathy towards perceived “outsiders” can be achieved through reading foreign fiction.[iii]

If words of fiction can change perception, just imagine the power of raw emotions and real stories…

We can express our experiences and life lessons through interactive story telling in ways which ink on paper cannot match. Narratives are influential tools to connect, embrace and help us make sense of the world around us. Tolerance, Diversity and Inclusion are all essential ingredients in a productive global environment, but many individuals and organizations are struggling with innovative ways to connect beyond their perceived differences.

Stories represent just one way to share knowledge. Playing games together can be another. In our diversophy® games, the game cards hold cultural wisdom, insight and data, but gaming takes this further by encouraging discussion about one’s life experiences, opinions and feelings. Those who play feel empowered and develop cultural competence as they learn to communicate productively across their differences.

Perhaps the real reason that we tell stories again and again and endlessly praise our greatest storytellers is because humans want to be a part of a shared history.[iv] – Cody Delistraty

Our interactions in playing diversophy® games are a start from which we can continue to connect through the sharing of knowledge and creating a common story which continues to live in the history of generations to come.

A picture may be worth a thousand words but a story is alive, let us all listen, create and share a true story of the world we wish to tell.


[i] http://www.storytellingday.net/history-of-storytelling-how-did-storytelling.html 

[ii] http://leanin.org/education/harnessing-the-power-of-stories/ 

[iii] http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01973533.2013.856791

[iv] http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/11/the-psychological-comforts-of-storytelling/381964/

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