Setting Up Camp

Dear colleagues and friends of BEYOND STORYTELLING,

As people who share an interest and a passion for stories, we also search for metaphors and images that guide us in conceptualizing what we are trying to do. The old proverb “images speak louder than words” certainly holds true in trying to bring an idea to life. Not only is it a question what story we want to live into, but what pictures will support us in bringing it alive.

When we conceived BEYOND STORYTELLING conference almost 4 years ago, we had a wonderful skype meeting. In that meeting, we argued and shared what this event can mean for us. The image we came up with was that of a wandering court of the king.

Half trading station, half court, half circus, these illustrious gatherings attracted merchants, traders, knights and common folks from around the known world – among the royal entourage with their doctors, chiefs and cooks. Setting up camp for a few weeks or months these gatherings were an important spot on the map, hubs for knowledge exchange, strategic consultations, building and deepening alliances. Before they vanished again.

BEYOND STORYTELLING CAMP LINGENAU somehow encapsulates the essence of that image. So far, participants from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Greece have registered. From June 26-29 we will set up camp and “make place” for a few days – a temporary community to share story, co-create around our burning questions and partake in the exploration of new ways of working with stories with companies, communities and individuals.

Together, we will create the agenda around some key building blocks and shared spaces. We will inhabit and fill this temporary space with our stories and considerations. Our explorations and co-creations. Before we leave – enriched and spirited by the knowledge and community we found. Read the full newsletter here.