Storytelling for Change
The Storytelling for Change Kit
Develop an evidence-based understanding of what scientific disciplines do and who gets to be a scientist.
Develop an evidence-based understanding of how scientific disciplines are perceived, valued and misunderstood.
Reflect upon your personal goals, values and motivations in the sciences.
Reflect upon your unique pathway to the sciences.
Craft an authentic personal story that has something to say to a particular audience about what a scientific discipline is, why its valuable, how they can be a part of it, and where they might take it in the future.
Tell your story in a way that has an impact.
2. Understand Yourself
This module helps scientists reflect upon who they are and where they come from, where they want to go in the sciences, and why. They are asked to think about and share their own interests, goals and motivations, and map out their personal pathway into the field. Scientists listen to and compare pathway stories, and identify unique and common story elements, including barriers, catalyzing events, and surprising misconceptions.
3. Understand your Communities
This module helps scientists understand who they want to engage for change. They are asked to identify a community or identity group that matters to them and with whom they have a connection, and to use techniques of interviewing and autoethnography to examine the relationship between their community, their science, and themselves. Scientists report, share and discuss their findings.
4. Tell your Story for Change
This module helps scientists learn to craft and tell a story that engages and influences a community. They learn to pay attention to rhetorical elements of audience and message, to use narrative notions of tension and counternarrative, and to refine strong presentation skills. Through an iterative, feedback-rich process of telling and re-telling their personal stories for their peers, scientists learn how to present themselves to their audience in a way that can change perceptions of their science, its goals, values, who gets to be a scientist and how it happens. Scientists are supported in delivering their stories at face-to-face events and in developing digital stories for dissemination on the web and via social media.
Ellins, K. K., Boss, S., Bear, T., Eriksson, S., & Papendieck, A. (2019). Creating a Personal Pathway Map Toward a Geoscience Career. Earth Educators’ Rendezvous 2019, Palo Alto, CA. https://serc.carleton.edu/earth_rendezvous/2019/program/talks/thursdayA/218463.html