MIT CoLab just offered "The Story Behind a Question: Using Storytelling to Further Community Engagement" a workshop focused on exploring the intersection of storytelling, urban planning and community engagement.
On day four of the workshop, Terry Marshall, I.M.'s Strategy Architect led an exercise from the Center for Story Based Strategy that explored the five elements of a story and the important tension and difference between truth and meaning.
Terry used a hoax video broadcasted by the BBC in the UK on April Fool’s Day in 1957 to point out the difference between truth and meaning. He also used Star Wars to demonstrate how we can use the five elements of a story: conflict, imagery, foreshadowing, characters, and assumptions, to effectively tell a story and/or shape a narrative. Then he used these elements to help participants work through their own story creation processes.
Photo courtesy of @mitcolab on Flickr.