One of my goals in 2018 is to find a new town to live in as I travel around the east coast of Australia. I’ll be covering a lot of territory with my daughter, driving from place to place and staying in Airbnb accomodation for eleven months. Our plan is to stay in most places one week – occasionally a little less, and occasionally a little more. I’ve been thinking about how we can learn about life in the towns we visit and figure out what it might be like living there. One of the most important ways we can do this is to talk to local people and create the space for them to tell us their stories about their life in the town.
Thinking about how to elicit people’s stories reminded me of a day I spent with Laura Overton of Towards Maturity in early November 2017. She was visiting Sydney, and I introduced her to two Learning and Development colleagues that I had worked with previously. During our conversations with these two people I learned new things about them as a result of the way Laura opened up the space for them to tell their story. She was genuinely curious and had no agenda other than to listen and find out how they thought and worked, and what influenced them. I was so impressed that I made a video about this experience, and am sharing it on my Working Out Loud page for the first time today.