Rakontu, open-source story-sharing software, is here

If you’ve read this blog regularly, you may have encountered me discussing how nice it would be to gather stories from front-line personnel and share them with the rest of the company, or to have a repository where staff members could share information that’s pertinent to the company, its customers, competitors and markets.

One barrier to these ideas was the unavailability (or unaffordability) of software that was adept at storing, annotating, tagging, and presenting this messy kind of narrative data. Well, that barrier is down, effective immediately.

Cynthia Kurtz, one of the pioneers in the story-listening world and author of “Working With Stories,” has developed an open-source package called Rakontu, which is the best thing I’ve seen at collecting and presenting narrative data, involving a community in adding to it, and making it generally useful to a group of people–the contributors included.

It’s a beautiful, elegantly-designed application, far more polished than users of new software have a right to expect. There are a couple of webcasts available on the Rakontu website which you should watch if you are interested.

(Disclosure: I’ve done a bit of collaboration with Cynthia and was an alpha tester of the software. No money changed hands ;)

By the way, Cynthia has started a blog, “Story-Colored Glasses,” which you should put into your RSS reader immediately.

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Gathering customer intelligence from your front-line staff
Bringing the outside in

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  • http://storytelling.over-blog.fr/ Stephane Dangel

    As I was involved, with John, at the beginning of Cynthia Kurtz's project, I will do the translation work of Rakontu into french, to make the soft available to more users.