Hi, there still here at CommonBound! The second workshop I attended this morning was about storytelling. Here is what I learned. The five elements of a good story: conflict, characters (hero, villain, victim), imagery/show don’t tell, foreshadowing, underlying assumption. Very, very good workshop. A few good exercises. “People will only go where they have first been in their minds (and I would add in their hearts).” The presenter , Christine Cordero from the Center for Story Based Strategy, (gotta love that their website is called “beautifultrouble”) very dynamic young woman. A workshop that was well worth my time and worth sitting in a very crowded room full of sweaty people.
So I was sitting here eating lunch and writing this blog and I hear a group of folks behind me talking about working with their state agriculture committee and the GMO labelling bill. Turned around and put in my two cents worth. In the first workshop I attended this morning a question was asked about “right sizing” regulation in the banking and food industry. The panelist could answer the banking piece but I spoke up about the food sovereignty movement and our efforts in Maine to get legislation passed that regulates small farms differently from big agribusiness. This weekend is all about serendipity and being where you are, when you are with whatever information you may have and sharing that with the folks around you. It’s a great concept.
Oh, and we got a video greeting from Elizabeth Warren. Very nice.