Archive for April, 2011

Tell me a story

This week I spent two days collecting stories with @Documentally (well he did the collecting, I shoved him in and out of taxis and generally acted as his caddy).

It was a fascinating couple of days and we got some really interesting content, which will be available on Creative Tourist soon.

Talking to such a variety of different people and asking them to tell us their stories, made me think more about how story telling is at the heart of us all. Our own stories are a fundamental part of what makes us human, it’s how we connect with others and what defines us as individuals. I think story telling will also increasingly become a part of how organisations, brands, businesses reach out to their audiences, since in telling a story you create a resonance that can’t be replicated in any other way.

Some other things I learnt this week:

Mapping Manchester’s Stories

I’ll be working on a project next week with @Documentally for creativetourist where we’ll be looking to capture stories of the people, places and history of 5 areas of Manchester: Northern Quarter, City Centre, Spinningfields/Deansgate/Castlefield, Oxford Road and Salford & the Quays.

Who do you think we should be talking to?  It might be artists, creatives, historians, long time residents or someone who has worked in an area for a long time and watched it change, cafe or shop owners, writers or just interesting characters with a story to tell about ‘their’ particular area of the city.

Which, do you think, are the special, treasured buildings and places that we should be featuring?

Do you know of any secret art or hidden gems?

Tell us via @creativetourist @katiemoffat or email me.