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Introduction: Living Stories

Special Session: Ethics in Narrative Practice and Design Coaching

Exploring the Story: Narrative Technique to Enhance Appreciative Inquiry

The Washington Story: The case of how national story is constructed and deconstructed


Becoming a Narrative Practitioner:
Four Workshops

October 3, 2006
Introduction: Living Stories
Bethesda, MD.
Special Session: Ethics in Narrative Practice and Design Coaching
October 4-5, 2006 Exploring the Story: Narrative Techniques to Enhance Appreciative Inquiry.
Bethesda, MD.


CLICK HERE for our Fall Workshop Flyer with Registration Form.

The Center for Narrative Studies is delighted to offer one and two day workshops on narrative practice. Both of these offerings are part of a program representing a rare opportunity for exchange and exploration of the latest narrative methods that are increasingly being used in organizations to accelerate change and renewal.

We live in a sea of stories – from the media, politics, religion, education, and among our families and colleagues. Living amidst this wealth does not mean that we understand how these stories work. No one can live legitimately within one story. The stories we tell define our culture. This program explores our ethical responsibility around the stories we choose
to tell.

Discover for yourself how stories shape us and how to shape the stories. The Center for Narrative Studies in partnership with the Taos Institute announces its programmme 'Becoming a Narrative Practitioner'. This programme explores how story works and how to work with stories. The work of Appreciative Inquiry begins in stories – the narratives of people’s lives. Those stories contain the ingredients that shape the exploration.

Developed independently, the Center’s approach mirrors much of the philosophy that has guided Appreciative Inquiry (AI) for so long and offers another avenue of understanding social constructionism at work and how AI and narrative work together. The workshop is designed to include those with no background in AI.

About the facilitators

Paul Costello is the Executive Director of the Center and a pioneer in narrative theory and practice. In addition to writing and teaching, Paul directs the Washington-Ireland
Programme, a large-scale peace project celebrating its 12th year in 2006.

Dr. Madelyn Blair co-leads the Narrative Practitioner programme and was an early proponent of Appreciative Inquiry and one of the contributing authors of Lessons from the Field. She brings real world, management experience from IBM to the World Bank.

For more information on the course content contact Madelyn Blair at Pelerei@mac.com  or call 301-371-7100.