Lesson 4: Narrative Filters

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Narrative Filters are the existing stories and assumptions people have about the world that screen out new information that doesn't fit with their existing mental frame works.


PAUSE:  Remember the pop culture phenomenon of the Blue/Gold Dress incident a few years ago, OR the more recent Yanny vs Laurel debate?? (You can click on the examples listed to learn more about them.)

  • What was so compelling to people about that dress and how people saw it? OR What was so compelling about the name and how people heard it?
  • What was the conversation about? 

REFLECT: Think back to a time when you were talking to someone with a different narrative filter than your's.

  • How did you feel?
  • Where were you trying to take the conversation?
  • What was the result of the interaction?

INTEGRATE: Think about an upcoming or current project you are working on.

  • Make a list of the people you want to reach (maybe even pick a specific person or persona).
  • Next to each name make a list of narrative filters that each person might have. 
  • Finally, be sure to add yourself to the list & name the narrative filters that influence you in your attempt to reach them.