Monthly Archives: January 2014


News: Narrative Lab joins SAMEA

We are proud to announce that The Narrative Lab have become members of the South African Monitoring & Evaluation Association. Our narrative methodology has always lended itself towards M&E work. Some of our longest standing client engagements have involved the ongoing collection of narratives from beneficiaries of development programmes. Joining SAMEA forms an integral part of our strategy to deepen our contacts within the M&E field while also strengthening our particular methodology. For more information about how we can assist [...]

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Navigating Stuckness – A manifest by Jonathan Harris

I've respected Jonathan Harris' work ever since he blew my mind with the web-art application We Feel Fine that trawls the internet for human emotion and visualises those emotions in amazing ways. He is a prolific artist and storyteller, of sorts. Unbeknownst to me, he has recently fallen off the radar somewhat and has just published a manifesto on stuckness, chronicling his life story and experience of engaging with creativity and a search for purpose. It is a great read (click here). What fascinates [...]

Stories at play in our world – the context of our work

We’ve taken a standpoint on the state of our world. It is a world where problem-saturated narratives dominate and where healthy, perspective opening and possibility-generating alternative narratives are not given their place. This is an ethical standpoint. Shifting this power balance is ultimately what re:humanisation is about. We’re disturbed by how individuals are disconnected from their ‘selves’ and are stuck in living out problem-saturated narratives. We want to help people re:author their stories. We’re saddened by the state of teams [...]

The lenses through which we see the world

Narrative Therapy What is in a word? A world. – Michael White Narrative therapy engages with a client’s world through the dominant stories at play in their life story. These are often problem-saturated narratives and the purpose of narrative therapy is to identify alternative narratives that allow for thicker and richer descriptions of who we are. Central to our work is the application of narrative therapy principles to re:authoring the narratives of self, teams and organisations. This work is about [...]