Working with Stories is a textbook for people who want to use participatory narrative inquiry (PNI) in their communities and organizations. PNI methods help people discover insights, catch emerging trends, make decisions, generate ideas, resolve conflicts, and connect people.
Participatory narrative inquiry draws on theory and practice in narrative inquiry, participatory action research, oral history, mixed-methods research, participatory theatre, narrative therapy, sensemaking, complexity theory, and decision support. Its focus is on the exploration of values, beliefs, feelings, and perspectives through collaborative sensemaking with stories of lived experience.
Working with Stories is available in four formats.
The Kindle version can also be read on the iPad, iPhone, and Android using Amazon's free Kindle app. Donations are not tax-deductible as charitable donations. If you want to print pages of the PDF book, you can download a higher-resolution PDF file (111 MB). You can also download the book's figures in PDF or PPT formats.
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About the author
Cynthia F. Kurtz is a researcher and consultant who has been helping communities and organizations work with their stories since 1999. She has consulted on more than eighty narrative projects for a variety of government agencies and for-profit and non-profit corporations. Working with a series of collaborators, she developed an approach to story work that helps communities and organizations make better, more grounded decisions by making sense of their own stories. She is widely considered a leader in the field of organizational and community narrative. Cynthia lives in upstate New York with her husband, son, dog, cat, forest, and stories.
More Work with Stories
The companion book to Working with Stories (More Work with Stories) is in progress and should be completed sometime in the fall of 2014. You can download it in pre-publication form. Please and send feedback to cfkurtz at cfkurtz dot com.