Independent scholar, cat addict, tattoo lover

There is a growing interest in narrative for policy making in community development. The implicit assumption in most projects is that just making stories available will increase recognition in readers and by some automatic process it will enhance understanding and therewith a community feeling. In this essay I want to explore this assumption, as it makes the value of narrative self-evident, but may leave its full potential for community development untouched. To find answers, I look for a starting point in what we all share: our biology. From there, I propose that narrative is the language we use to communicate about our relations in the world.

Further reading

Basten (2012) Going Narrative - but where will it take us? in: Narrative Works, Vol 2 Issue 1 (48-66).