You searched for all stories that contained the words listed under "selected filters" below. This retrieved 300 stories.
How to interpret the icons: Searching for all the types of foods that a person might mention in a story
retrieves thousands of matches, instead of the hundreds you saw for "buy food."
Use this tool to both expand the topic and contract the context of the stories
you want to read.
Trends (Benchmarked against all stories we've ever collected)
Responses (within this story collection, not benchmarked)
Q37|Good idea that succeeded Q37|Good idea that failed Q37|Bad idea Q37|mixed Q37|Good idea that worked somewhat Q37|Good idea that should have worked but did not
Q38|Mixed Q38|Specific problem Q38|Broad need Q38|Specific solution
TOP ANSWERS:The right people,Inspired,Good idea that succeeded: 2955 --- The right people,Happy,Good idea that succeeded: 2086 --- The right people,Important,Good idea that succeeded: 1549 --- The right people,Hopeful,Good idea that succeeded: 1127 --- The right people,Horrible,Good idea that succeeded: 228 --- The right people,Hopeful,Good idea that worked somewhat: 184  Benchmark processing time:0.37s
(Narratives and answers to any associated survey questions)
Now you're getting it!
By putting words that appear next to each other in stores in quotes, you build search phrases.
By putting equivalent words inside parentheses, you build up concepts out of language.
By putting "and" in between words, you tell the search engine that both words must appear in the story.
Now we will look at how to search for stories that convey a certain emotion or perspective on a particular subject.
First, type in your subject, in this case:
(food ugali rice beans maize corn flour wheat)
Second, type the word
Third, choose the emotion/perspective you wish to search for by selecting any list of words from the list below
and copying it into you search bar after the "and".
The "and" between your two word lists is very important!
Otherwise it will match either your topical words OR the emotional/perspective words.
Is this story about thanking an organization for their effort?
("thank you" "to thank" )
How thoughtful were you in the story you just told?
" I " is used more by followers than leaders, more by truth-tellers than liars,
(" I " "I"m" "I"ll" "I"ve" "I"d" )
Does he/she see world in absolutes?
(always never absolutely surely )
Words associated with narratives where an organization was involved.
(organization organisation admin accountable addressing collaborating development association "women group" "self help" cooperative constituent intervention "youth group" ministry foundation project program initiative )
Why is this important? (Click for more information)
Using a search box might seem inefficient, but the world is simply much more complex
than the traditional approach with tables and spreadsheets can support. As you familiarize yourself with these tools, you will
eventually be analyzing patterns based on meta data - information you never asked about.
Less structured information is actually easier to explore, reorganize, and analyze
in ways that the original collectors never considered. This does, however, require you to be creative and
use the search box as the primary way to tell the computer what you are looking for.
This approach will allow you to do something that traditional evaluations cannot - you can build a story
collection specific to your work from the tens of thousands of stories in our collection.
And eventually, you can build two collections
and compare them to each other. This is called benchmarking your story-centered learning.
In fact, using only the words in stories, you can build a nuanced understanding of any of the topics
that appeared often in the first 30,000 stories we collected in 2011:
We created this tutorial in part to raise awareness to the changes that will be necessary for organizations
to work efficiently in the 21st century.