Update on the Transition Scotland Survey

Unfortunately, the response rate on the survey of the use of storytelling in Scottish transition initiatives was extremely low:  Only one person submitted a completed survey.  However, this person did report that their initiative had used storytelling.  Specifically she wrote that they had engaged in

“Collecting and sharing oral histories (recording stories told by elders about what their lives were like in the past)”

I’m not sure whether the low response rate means that Scottish initiatives are not yet using storytelling and so did not respond, or if having the survey included at the bottom of the Transition Scotland newsletter meant that people did not see it.  So I cannot come to any conclusions.  I still believe that storytelling is an important tool for changing culture towards greater sustainability.

Storylistening Podcasts Launched

three treesI have finally posted my first two podcasts: a two-part interview with French storyteller Fiona MacLeod.

I caught up with Fiona MacLeod, a storyteller from Brittany,  France, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre where she was storyteller in residence for the month of February. While in Scotland she facilitated a workshop on Contemplation, Story and Pathways to Peace as part of the Edinburgh Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace.  In the first part of the interview she shares her thoughts and experiences in working with stories in this manner.  In the second part of the interview she talks more about storytelling and the environment, particularly rocks, trees and water.  She also describes the annual week-long workshop she facilitates in France on storytelling and the environment.  I hope you find the interview as useful and inspiring as I did.

Fiona MacLeod: Stories as Pathways to Peace (podcast)

Fiona MacLeod: Trees, Stones and Water (podcast)

Scottish Biodiversity Stories


An on-line project hosted by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh and sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage provides a searchable data base of audio and textual stories and information about Scottish species.   The sources for these stories, and story-material, vary from interviews with elders, to scientific documents, to Scottish literature, to collections of traditional and folk stories.  The project focuses on species that have been identified as important ecologically or culturally, or that are under threat.

The database can be searched by species, by habitat or by relationship to people.  While these materials are in raw form, their eclectic nature makes the database an invaluable on-line tool for developing stories related to biodiversity in Scotland.


Biodiversity Stories for Scotland.