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The Pacific concept of Talanoa

This week I learned about the Pacific concept of “talanoa”. This is storytelling that leads to consensus-building and decision-making. It is a collective or community intelligence process deeply rooted in the Pacific way of life.

Storytelling and discussion during a workshop with secondary teachers, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (March 2020)

With parallels to Australian Aboriginal yarning and Hawaiian talkstory, talanoa is a conversational mode of storying through which

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Helping people re-discover the curiosity they had when they were 6 years old; designing learning that uses that curiosity to change the world around us.

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