Why Stories?

We live in a highly diverse and complex world. Though we may differ in color of skin, cultural upbringing, and belief systems, the one thing we all have in common is a love of stories. Storytelling has long been valued as a tool for communication, education and cultural preservation. At Story For All, we harness this power of story to document, preserve, share and promote dialogue around valuable wisdom and experiences, promoting cultural traditions as well as tolerance, respect, and health.

Multiple studies also show a direct correlation between sharing stories and improved health, confidence, and quality of life. For example, storytelling and story listening have been shown to:

  • Increase self-esteem and confidence
  • Decrease depression
  • Improve workplace harmony and efficiency
  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Improve memory and cognitive function
  • Improve communication, literacy and writing skills
  • Help people and communities bond
  • Support organizational health

Guiding Principles

Connection: Sharing personal stories allows us to deepen our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the obstacles we must face together.

Respect: Listening to each other fully, respecting both our similarities and our differences, promotes well-being and tolerance.

Preservation: By sharing and documenting experiences, wisdom and traditions, we capture elements of our shared history that can be used to build understanding, teamwork, productivity and legacy.

Creation: When we are in touch with our own voice and creativity, we have the power to learn, innovate, and improve our lives and communities.

Community: Healthy communities promote healthy individuals, and vice versa.