query: Stories and community building

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Thu Jul 10 14:16:48 CDT 2003

[ed: thanks to Linda for replying to Natasha's query.]

From: Linda Ocasio <linda at nhi.org>


See "Relying on Ourselves: the Spirit of Rural Community 
Development" in Shelterforce #121 
(www.nhi.org/online/issues/121/Pearson.html) for an article by 
Nelda K. Pearson about community development strategies in 
Appalachia that include storytelling.  

Also, see the story about "One Book, One Community," a rural 
memoir writing project, on the Rural Roots website (part of the 
Rural School and Community Trust):  

Linda Ocasio
Managing Editor


> From:           	Natasha Freidus <tashafr at MIT.EDU>
> I'm putting together a syllabus for a graduate course on the role of 
> narrative in community development.
> Does anyone know of good references on how story and narrative 
> contribute to community building/organizing/development? I'm looking 
> for both theory and practical examples of programs that are bringing in 
> story as a means to build community. There will be a section of the 
> course examining the role of multimedia narratives as a means to 
> building community, so anything on innovative approaches using various 
> forms of media are especially welcome.
> Thank you very much,
> Tasha
> Natasha Freidus
> Community Media Coordinator
> Center for Reflective Community Practice
> Department of Urban Studies and Planning
> Massachussetts Institute of Technology
> (617)253-2761 office
> (617)293-2447 cell
> http://web.mit.edu/crcp
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