Q&A with Dorit Sasson, Questions 3 and 4:
Q: The storytelling movement seems to be growing explosively. Why now? What is it about this moment in human history and culture that makes storytelling so resonant with so many people right now?
A: Aside from the fact that people are realizing the value of introducing their business using their own personal story, story is also impacting the way people wish to give voice to their experiences. Emotional isolation is what is at stake these days.
Technology has created such a great emotional disconnect. Story provides that “open door” for people to validate the feelings of what they are going through. Your story may be the exact same experience somebody else has undergone, but it is your “take,” or your “emotional perspective” that people need to hear and connect with.
Q: How important is it to you and your work to function within the framework of a particular definition of “story?” (i.e., What is a story?) What definition do you espouse?
A: The work I do with the genre of story is deliberately transformational in nature and one that is is now beginning to emerge in transformational authorship. I use my work in story to transform myself, my business, and ultimately the world beginning with one person at a time — basically I believe in the definition of story as an agent to create positive change in others. Story is all about using your personal story as a transforming agent for change. It is from my personal experience from my work as a storyteller and transformational author, that when we give of ourselves in story, we literally transform ourselves.