Andrea Gibbs

The Power of Storytelling

TEDxPerth 2014
October 2014

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The Power of Storytelling | Andrea Gibbs | TEDxPerth

Stories are how we think and how we make meaning of our lives. What happens when the only story you tell yourself is the one about your mental illness?

Through storytelling we can understand ourselves better and find our commonality with others. We can share passions, hardships, embarrassments, joys, griefs and our overall human experience. Using stories we can connect and feel less alone in the world.

Andrea talks about her interest in the power of storytelling (the good and the bad) and how she’s seen it reduce the stigma around mental illness and give those that suffer from it a voice.

Andrea Gibbs
Q&A Host

Andrea is the host of ‘Weekends With Andrea Gibbs’ on ABC digital radio across Australia and the co-creator of Barefoot Stories, Australia’s longest running storytelling show of its kind. She has been a speaker at both ‘Women of Letters’ with Marieke Hardy and TEDxPerth. In 2003 she won Tripple J’s Raw Comedy State Final and is a core member of Perth’s premier improv-comedy ensemble The Big HOO-HAA!