Storyclouding™ is a restorative approach to difficult conversations and healing. It holds profound potential for building empathy and increasing compassion, using art as a practical approach to deeply personal and often painful topics.
With difficult topics, sitting down for face to face conversation is not always the best first step. Storyclouding™ provides another avenue – a way to peel back our initial layers of defense, assumptions, and stereotypes without intensifying conflict or damaging fragile relationships. There are three immediate benefits to using Storyclouding™
- Using an artistic approach expands thinking to both the right and left brain
- Sharing stories builds rapport and demonstrates commonality
- Creating an artifact provides a way to have difficult conversations centered on the artifact rather than the individual
The resulting Wordcloud Portraits™ serve as a tangible reminder of our best selves, the self that inspires us to reach and grow. Discovering these stories using art, language, and the human image provides a path of exploration that allows us to open our hearts and acknowledge our shared humanity before we sit down for harder conversations.
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