27 Jul '11, 12pm

How do stories change our understanding & appreciation of sustainability? @samigrover goes deep on why stories matter.

How do stories change our understanding & appreciation of sustainability? @samigrover goes deep on why stories matter.

I am not, of course, arguing that facts don't matter. Had the story been about a factually significant practice that either improved animal welfare or environmental sustainability, there would indeed be a value in checking if it were true. (The dissonance between the "story" of organic eggs and the actual conditions on some farms being a case in point.) But this was something different—a parable about reverence from one farmer for the animals they steward (and ultimately have killed), and a resonant reminder to all of us that life should be respected. Whether the pigs actually received a peck on the nose or not seemed besides the point—the point was that this was an entirely plausible scenario for a farmer who loves their animals. It's a topic that also came up when a friend was convening a group of story tellers as part of a Transition Town initiative. When asked what the...

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