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It will only take one staff person about 5 working days over the year to get the most of our this approach (recruiting volunteers and managing two storytelling cycles, six months apart).


It's free! Although you may want to offer some sort of reward or incentive to your scribes for all their hard work. Its our mission to help you and your organisations become better at what you do. Click Scribes for more advice on scribe incentives.

 Paper and pens 

Technology can be a wonderful convenience when it works, or a barrier when it breaks. We offer a variety of listening formats - paper, webform, and audio (currently in beta testing) - though we recommend paper as the best choice. In our three years of experimenting in East Africa with a storytelling-based approach from 2010 to 2012, we found that we could gather the best stories from the greatest number of people using paper surveys (15-20 questions on front and back of a single sheet of paper). You can see an example of the online and printable PDF versions at and or test audio storytelling at


You will need to recruit about 20 scribes who will each need to be willing to commit a couple of hours. This is not as hard as it sounds, if you follow our advice on how to recruit volunteers for community listening.

Getting Started

Case Studies

In the past we curated a collection of over 57,000 stories from Kenya and Uganda (2010-2013). Read examples about how organizations have used storytelling to be more effective organizations:

Analysis Tools

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