Podcast: Telling Stories to Strengthen Community Bonds

Podcast: Telling Stories to Strengthen Community Bonds

Tiffany Miller (L) and Megan McGee, reading UltraShorts while emceeing Ex Fabula’s New Year Spectacular in January (photo credit: Art Montes)

June 6, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

Episode 1: Listen Now (00:26:46)



In our region, we hear a lot about what divides us. Our many differences can cause interpersonal conflict, mistrust, and fear. However, many of us learned from a young age to, when conflict arises or mistrust bubbles to the surface, take a moment to “walk in someone else’s shoes;” to consider the world from a different perspective.

This is exactly what Ex Fabula, a Milwaukee-based organization that strengthens community bonds through the art of storytelling, encourages its audience to do. Through monthly story slams, storytelling workshops, and numerous community partnerships, Ex Fabula encourages community members to find and tell their true, personal story. The goal is to increase understanding among community members who may not feel they have anything in common. To both highlight similarities and shed a light on the nuances and value of difference.

Ex Fabula co-founder Megan McGee joins us today on the podcast to share some of the stories she’s heard through Ex Fabula that she can’t get off her mind (and explain what “Ex Fabula” actually means). Megan also gives us advice on how to enable people to tell their story and, in that way, become advocates for the community issues that affect us all.

Learn more about Ex Fabula.  

Listen back to our partnership episode with Ex Fabula, with true, personal stories all about fatherhood: episode 1 and episode 2.

Looking for inspiration? Revisit some of United Way’s success stories.

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