What's Your Story?

To begin to flex your storytelling muscles, we’ve borrowed an activity from storytelling.viz - which is a great site for resources and activities that build visual communication and storytelling skills.

  1. 1. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
  2. 2. Using 4 random pictures (you can use Flickr for inspiration), have each person construct a story in 10 minutes. Don’t let the order of the images dictate the arc of your story. Use them for inspiration for your characters, setting, and plot development.
  3. 3. When 10 minutes is up, each person should share their story with the team. Give 3 minutes to share each story and 3 minutes for feedback from the other team members. Use the Tips we’ve provided to help focus feedback. Then, move onto the next person.
  4. 4. At the end, reflect on the different stories you heard. How were they different? How were they similar? What aspects or principles of storytelling can you pull to use in your own team’s story? Keep these handy over the upcoming weeks and months as you go through the TD4Ed phases.

Time Needed

1 hour

Get inspired by others' stories!

Our annual BIF Summit brings hundreds of people together to listen to passionate changemakers tell their personal stories of innovation. For inspiration, we’ve put some of our favorites on our Pinterest board. Listen to how they are telling their stories -- how their stories connect with you personally, and how they inspire you to think differently.


Share your story

Telling people your story right from the beginning helps you prototype your message. The more you try out the story, the more you will see what resonates with people. This also helps to foster buy-in for your new solutions you will generate during the TD4Ed process, by engaging others to help you with your solution -- your idea for change.

Think about your audience

When you are crafting a story, who will be the primary audience? Who should read or listen to your story? What do they need to know? These questions will help you think about who you are targeting with your story, which will help it resonate with your readers.

Sketch the arc

As you start crafting your story, put together what you know about your challenge. Be on the lookout for assumptions as well as holes in the story.

Picture the journey you will be going on and write down the arc of the story:

  • The opening--where you are starting
  • The conflict-- the tension points
  • The ending--resolving the conflict with your idea

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