Your Story Matters

MEAx Australia | YourStory Matters | 1st December 2021

For centuries, our journeys have been aided by the observations and stories of those who have gone before us. It’s how we plan and learn and evolve. Throughout history, mankind has passed wisdom, life lessons and learnings down from one generation to the next.

Stories were bequeathed like precious heirlooms, to shine a light on the path for the generations that followed. But this bequeathal of wisdom has fallen out of favour and now, as the African proverb goes; “When an elder dies, it’s like a library has burned down.” Our societal ‘wells’ of collective wisdom are running dry. As Chip Conley says in his book, Wisdom at Work; “In a pre-Gutenberg world, elders were keepers of their culture and agents of its survival and communication, through myths, stories, and songs passed from one generation to the next.”

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” – Sue Monk Kidd (Secret Life of Bees)

For centuries, our journeys have been aided by the observations and stories of those who have gone before us. It’s how we plan and learn and evolve. Throughout history, mankind has passed wisdom, life lessons and learnings down from one generation to the next.

Stories were bequeathed like precious heirlooms, to shine a light on the path for the generations that followed. But this bequeathal of wisdom has fallen out of favour and now, as the African proverb goes; “When an elder dies, it’s like a library has burned down.” Our societal ‘wells’ of collective wisdom are running dry. As Chip Conley says in his book, Wisdom at Work; “In a pre-Gutenberg world, elders were keepers of their culture and agents of its survival and communication, through myths, stories, and songs passed from one generation to the next.”

“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” – Sue Monk Kidd (Secret Life of Bees)

While we’re on the subject of storytelling … At MEAx, we are embarking on a project to start telling a more accurate (collective) story about ageing in Australia. We have developed a Wisdom Survey to collect data from a cross-section of Australians aged over 40, that will be used to build a story which is truly representative of older Australians today and assess some of the myths associated with old-fashioned paradigms related to ageing.

We would love your help to ‘build’ this story by completing an (anonymous) online survey. Click here to complete the MEAx Wisdom survey …. And help us to tell a more accurate story about what it means to age in Australia today.

Please share this link to the Wisdom Survey with your friends so we can build a large database of responses.

Thank you,
The MEAx Team

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