Story Circles is a new form of communication training for research scientists and communicators. It teaches narrative structure and fosters “narrative intuition." It is applicable to everything from grant proposals to research papers to oral presentations.
The program consists of two parts:
1) DEMO DAY - a one day event for up to 50 participants which provides an introduction and explanation of what is involved in committing to the full program, and then,
2) STORY CIRCLES - the training itself which consists of 10 one hour sessions spread over three months with the 5 people of the circle (who have all been through a Demo Day) meeting either in person or via teleconferencing.
Story Circles was created by scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson, author of three books on science communication including the 2015, “Houston, We Have A Narrative” from University of Chicago Press. It is built around the ABT Framework developed by Olson and to date has involved over 1,000 scientists and communicators from a range of universities and government agencies including USDA, National Park Service, NASA, USGS and US Fish and Wildlife Service.