A story-based, qualitative method for retrospectively assembling crucial events in a collective process.
|What is the storywall method?
The storywall method allows different actors to retrospectively look at how they have perceived a joint process, e.g. a process of co-producing knowledge. It uses storytelling to collect the individual perspectives and to create a joint understanding of the past.
The starting point is a simple timeline (horizontal axis) on an empty poster. The assembled group of participants agrees on and marks major process phases or crucial events of their joint story and finds a way to exchange on what has been important, for whom and why.
|Why should it be applied?
|The storywall method allows contrasting different perspectives and increases mutual understanding. It makes use of the fact that different members of a group may – at least partly – experience a process in different ways and stress different elements as having been important.
When should it be applied?
|Storywalls are normally made ex post, i.e. at the end of group processes.
How does it work?
1) As a starting point, a simple timeline indicating the start and the end dates of the joint process or story is provided.
How are thought-styles bridged?
|The approach to bridging thought-styles is to explain to each other how one perceived and experienced a joint process. This allows for greater mutual understanding.
|What’s the outcome/outcome?
|The outcome of a storywall exercise is a poster of the story featuring its most important elements out of the perspective of the group and its members.
Who participates in what role?
An actor group can come together and make a storywall on its own. Depending on the complexity of the process or the group atmosphere, a facilitator, moderator or coach may be helpful.
What do I need to prepare?
A table, a few flipcharts, other big sheets of paper or whiteboards and markers (different colours) are required.
When not to use the method?
When knowledge co-production does not refer to a process experience.