Lesson 4: Narrative Filters

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LESSON #4: ​NARRATIVE FILTERS

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. REFLECT. INTEGRATE.

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.