Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Stories of India

Well, so much for writing everyday. Life is hectic, but I can always find time to read. When I hit 30, I started to become more interested in my roots. My background is European/Asian. I am not a great fan of factual books. I love fiction and stories, and if there is an element of fact, all the better.

At the moment I am reading Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard. It paints a really vivid picture of Indian people, and I am really enjoying it. I don't know how realistic it is, but one day I will visit India and find out for myself. I like reading books by Rumer Godden, and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, both of whom also paint beautiful and strong images of India.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Stories in the workplace

Stories are being used increasingly in the workplace, to share knowledge and learn from experience, whether good or bad. They are easy to understand, often quite short, and also can be very entertaining, which makes it easier to learn.

I am a keen follower of Ron Donaldson, who is the Senior Knowledge Ecologist for English Nature. He has written and presented on his experiences with storytelling and you can read one of his articles, "A Natural KM Narrative," published by Inside Knowledge, here.