Edging Forward by Ann Dale

Edging Forward by Ann Dale

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Chapter 8: The Wizard of Oz

October 30, 2015

Reconciliation, (Re)Connection, Regeneration

Recall the wonderful story of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who are whisked away from their home and follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, to nd the pathway home. Along the way they meet a Scarecrow searching for a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard chal- lenges them to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. In this quest, they achieve their dreams, and Dorothy discovers from Glinda, the Good Witch, “You’ve always had the power, my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.

Chapter Quote

“Throughout this story is embedded the importance of storytelling, how a story’s frame can either empower or disempower us in our belief that we can make a difference in our own lives, in our communities, to become more sustainable. We are biologically driven social animals, and storytelling is a social act in and of itself through which we share cultural meaning and purpose.” (p. 115)

– Ann Dale, Edging Forward: Achieving Sustainable Community Development

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