The importance of stories ...


Since novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned of the 'danger of a single story' in her 2009 TED talk, writes Trish Nicholson for the interpreter, the issue has become more pressing.

A growing body of research shows that stories increase empathy and understanding; they affect our attitudes and judgments ...

When academics and professionals ignore the power of narrative, limiting their communications to jargon-laced statistical analyses, they end up talking only to each other. This leaves the public with nothing but media stereotypes. In a functioning democracy, policy is generated by voters: an ill-informed and disengaged populace is in a weak position to press governments for more humane policies.


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