In this first episode, we ask whether all journalism is storytelling and why it actually matters. In an era of fake news and 24-hour updates, we think it does. We also unpack the idea of conscious storytelling a little further, and explore how it can be the intentional use of story to educate, empower, comfort, and guide. We share a few personal stories and finish with a commitment to remember that storytelling needs to be fun and imaginative as much as it is serious.
And here’s what else we’re reading, listening to and loving in the world of conscious storytelling:
The Canadian Government recently embarked on a study to consider what a post-press future might look like. Here’s an article reflecting on this and the issues shaping the future of our media landscape.
On Being is a podcast by Krista Tippett that opens up the animating questions at the centre of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?
In the Freethinking Conversations podcast, we pondered these beautiful lines from Alain De Botton in his book, The News: A User’s Manual
“We need relief from the news-fuelled impression that we are living in an age of unparalleled importance, with our wars, our debts, our riots, our missing children, our after-premiere parties, our IPOs and our rogue missiles. We need, on occasion, to be able to rise up into space in our imagination, many kilometres above the mantle of the earth, to a place where that particular conference and this particular epidemic, that new phone and this shocking wildfire, will lose a little of their power to affect us – and where even the most intractable problems will seem to dissolve against the aeons of time to which the view of other galaxies attests.”