The Challenge


How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work? read the brief


Let's equip young people to be better storytellers.

How might we enable youth to better tell the story of their life so far?

So much of making the jump from education to employment is how you tell the story of your journey so far -- and how well you can get your prospective employer to see the story of you working with them in the future. Interviews, job performance, self-management, "managing up", and the self-awareness required for a satisfying work experience -- all require a good grasp of telling your life story.

How might we enable youth to be better storytellers?

I learned about Jonathan Harris' web tool, Cowbird, at the EyeO festival today. It's a storytelling platform -- a place for reflection -- a wikipedia for life experiences. You start with a photo, add sound and/or text, and tell your story. You can add metadata to the story to connect to larger narratives (and find commonalities with others who have posted similar experiences). I see it as a tool for reflective self-expression, and a platform for learning deeper empathy.

It'd help youth get experience with & openness to failure, self-discovery. And, most importantly: learning to tell your own story. 
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Meena Kadri

June 10, 2012, 21:42PM
Nice one Cory! Perhaps you can add a live link to your post so folks can easily check out the goodness on this? Tip: to activate links in your post, hit the Update Entry button up there on the right, then follow the instructions here:

Lyden Foust

June 08, 2012, 01:54AM
Great website. I will definitly use this in my future projects.

1. If we look at this site through an empathetic lens I believe there are some real insights about human beings we could tease out into a few principles.

2. No kidding about the job thing! The way in which you tell a story, frame it, and give it context completely changes the way it is viewed. I wish this would have been a part of my education! I would have been smarter for it. If we can understand deeply the person in front of us, we can craft our true story in a way they can understand.

There has got to be some material out there that we can get in the hands of students at a young age.

Kristen Hall

June 08, 2012, 05:19AM
This is so true about how storytelling can help you get a job! In my first job interview they read my resume from the bottom up and it made for such an interesting conversation where I felt like they really got to know who I was, and I got to see what their values were as a workplace.
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