My research centers around transformational storytelling, multimodal, interactive storytelling, and (to a large degree), differentiated instruction . I advocate using new technology as one means of telling these life-altering stories. It all basically comes down to

How can we tell engaging stories that teach, heal, and transform lives?

That’s a pretty simple, pretty powerful concept. A while back, I posted several other revolutionaries. Here are some more:

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The Stanford Storytelling Project

The Stanford Storytelling Project is an arts program at Stanford University that explores how we live in and through stories and how we can use them to change our lives. Our mission is to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, from Lakota tales to Radiolab, and empower students to create and perform their own stories. The project sponsors courses, workshops, live events, and grants. 

This is one of my favorite research organizations, and they have a lot going on. While they focus primarily n the tranformative nature of oral storytelling, a lot of the principles can be related to written, visual, and whatever else. They produce a lot of episodes, podcasts, and material. Not to mention that it is Stanford University, so the professors publish on these topics as well.


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National Storytelling Network

The National Storytelling Network is dedicated to advancing the art of storytelling ““ as a performing art, a process of cultural transformation, and more.

“Storytelling illuminates who we are as individuals and as a community. Stories spark deeper understanding; they enlighten our minds and hearts. Stories light the fire of joy and laughter.” A broader organization, the Storytelling Network is more of an alliance for storytellers of all kinds, not just transformational stories. As I have said often, a good transformational story must be a great engaging story. The Network provides ways to connect with other storytellers and lists and newsletters to help hone craft.


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Math Catcher

The Math Catcher: Mathematics Through Aboriginal Storytelling project includes the creation of a series of short animated films that accompany picture books, as well as the development of related activities that introduce math topics and techniques through stories that follow Aboriginal storytelling formats and contain elements of Aboriginal traditions and cultures.

Educational Storytelling can be much more than moral tales. This site offers a great number of resources for teaching process-oriented skills (like math) through storytelling.


Storyworlds Journal

Storyworlds is a new, interdisciplinary journal of narrative theory. It features research on storytelling practices across a variety of media, including face-to-face interaction, literary writing, film and television, virtual environments, historiography, journalism, and graphic narratives, studied from perspectives developed in such fields as narratology, discourse analysis, jurisprudence, philosophy, cognitive and social psychology, Artificial Intelligence, medicine, and the study of organizations.

One of the most useful peer-reviewed journals for the interdisciplinary study for narrative in all its forms, including transformational storytelling.


 Story Arts Online

A wealth of lesson plans, newsletters, and networking exchanges.


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Chris Michaels

Storyteller. Researcher. Coder. Innovator. I seek to push the boundaries of storytelling and education.
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