What I Learned from an Angry Old Hunter

On story-listening, othering, and finding common ground

As he spoke, it was clear that he was coming from a place of passion and anger, but more importantly, a place of grief for what he had lost over the past 40 years of hunting and farming.

By identifying common threads in the respective narratives that guided our thoughts and actions, we nurtured a mutual safe zone that allowed each of us to be heard. From there, our stories fell onto more receptive ears.

Receiving someone’s story without applying any of your subconscious filters allows stories to exist in their pure form — in all their messiness and often incomplete; they aren’t good, or bad — they just are. The goal of true story-listening is to listen intently and without judgement or praise.

But most of us no longer sit around in circles facing each other in all our human glory and imperfection. We just hurl insults at each other on social media, shouting past each other until we are red in the face at the audacity, the gall, the supposed stupidity of “those other people”.

Storytelling | Narrative | Systems Change | Spoken Word | Currently writing a book on storytelling, narrative & systems change | www.alinasiegfried.com/book

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