MUniversity of Minnesota

April 7, 2005

Additional StoryTech Resources

Arthur Harkins, the originator of StoryTech, has provided us with additional background on this innovative strategic process. More information on his upcoming book can be found under the Recommended Readings link to the left. You can also download a Printable Copy of this information on StoryTech.


From Arthur Harkins:

Below are some excerpts from a new book George Kubik and I are completing: StoryTech: A Personalized Guide to the 21st Century. StoryTech enables the construction of virtual contexts. In such contexts, people are able to tell different stories about desirable futures, then link these back to the contemporary real world.

The StoryTech Process…

· Requires constant focus on malleable internal contexts.

· With practice, evolves personal “Ba,” or internal contexts.

· Evokes, creates, and selectively applies tacit knowledge.

· Permits a vast expansion of perspectives and choices.


We are beginning the Twenty-First Century. We're on the "ramp" into a new and exciting frontier for those who can master the intricacies of change. Many believe that more changes will occur in the next ten or twenty years of the "ramp" than have occurred since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Why do they believe this?


Chaos and turbulence are becoming the new personal and community realities. Everything is changing, and, much of the time, change is occurring unpredictably.

New information and knowledge resources are forged out of the challenges posed by such chaos and turbulence.

Effective management of change results from bringing information and knowledge together, "interfacing" these two resources for the benefit of the individual, the organization and the community. This book is about the use of new stories to produce new and useful information and knowledge.

· Information is a social resource—ideas, skills and beliefs shared within the community.

· Knowledge is a personal resource—ideas, skills and beliefs yet to be shared within the community.

What will be demanded of individuals and communities to survive, and to develop suitable and rewarding lifestyles, skills, values, and ideals during the ramp into this new Century?

Who will be the individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities whose examples will inspire us, and create within each of us the will and the focus to ramp confidently into the future? Who will provide the leadership and examples to guarantee that we will thrive, not merely survive? What new stories can be told to help us navigate this new Century?

Storytelling is an ancient technology. It is many thousands of years old.
Personalized stories are the engines of new knowledge production for individuals.

The Buddhist concept of mindfulness plays a major part in new knowledge production based on stories.

Historically, storytelling has been a primary means for transmitting beliefs and knowledge. Storytelling, therefore, is a “personal technology” for learning and for social and cultural communications.

Oral tradition underlies storytelling. In use since pre-history, it is pervasive among all people.


The purpose of StoryTech is to introduce a modern application of the ancient human capacity for storytelling. It will address the purpose, structures, and process of story constructions. It will provide concrete steps for the construction of new personal knowledge to support intellectually and emotionally improved decision making now and in the future. It will explore and explain the evolution of storytelling as an individualized strategic process capable of bringing value to individuals, and through them, to groups.

Historically, storytelling based on oral tradition has been used to…

· Strengthen and change cultural beliefs.

· Transmit knowledge and ideas.

· Communicate values and principles.

· Coalesce and clarify “reality”.

StoryTech speaks to people who want to create positive outcomes in their emerging futures. StoryTech Masters are individuals whose innovative stories and scenarios make a positive difference in the totality of their lives, including their interactions with others at work, in the community and in the home.


Story Tech Does Not:

Replace analytical thinking
Replace scientific experimentation or testing

StoryTech is not science, but rather a rigorous form of personal, social, and cultural technology. The intent of StoryTech and its accompanying exercises is to help individuals, communities and groups develop positive visions of their futures, and to translate these visions into innovations that produce desirable outcomes.

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Posted by chri1010 at April 7, 2005 8:59 AM