With what kinds of organizations does Kiran typically work?
Kiran works with a variety of groups and organizations in a host of different places. He's spoken for international peacebuilding NGOs such as the United Nations and Rotary International. He's worked with government entities from the US Department of Defense to the Smithsonian Institution. He's led workshops for both public and private higher education institutions, and has worked with smaller, community-based groups like the Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, South Carolina. There is no "one fit" for Kiran, and he enjoys working with a wide variety of people and places. The important factor is to remember that Kiran works as an extension of the International Storytelling Center where he has been President since 2013. Their mission is "We believe in a better life, a better world, through the power of storytelling," and Kiran prioritizes work with organizations who share similar visions for making the world a better place. Check out the work of the International Storytelling Center here.
What is the average cost?
The cost ultimately depends on the type of services you and Kiran design together. There is no set average, but rather each request is considered on a case-by-case basis. Fees for lectures and workshops typically include Kiran's speaker honorarium and travel expenses (including flights/mileage, meals, and lodging.) Fees for consulting services are likewise considered on an individual basis and vary based on user needs and Kiran's availability. All fees from public engagements and training services are put directly back to the work of the International Storytelling Center. Regardless of final cost, we're happy to speak informally to discuss options for your particular needs and answer questions at any time. You can also download a description of services with price ranges here.
Can I combine services to get a lecture and a workshop?
Absolutely! This is one of Kiran's most popular requests. Lectures also often include Q&A sessions immediately following, and workshops can be arranged however you need (one-off, multi-day, small or large-group, etc.) The lectures and workshops are often designed to build on the other, maximizing their reach and your potential. Likewise, Kiran can offer informal gatherings which are more conversational in addition to more formal keynotes and training experiences. You can also download a description of services with price ranges here.
I thought storytelling was all about entertainment. How does it work in other disciplines?
Kiran is an expert at what is known as applied storytelling. While it is true that stories are entertaining, they are also a tool for building social empathy, cultural awareness, and mutual respect. Such abilities are necessary in every field of study and help make us all more positive, creative members of society. Storytelling can help doctors and patients communicate more effectively and honestly. It can help at-risk youth take control of their personal narratives and empower them to create positive change. It can help teachers connect students with curriculum, and can aid a non-profit executive in presenting a grant proposal. Storytelling is holistic, meaning it can—and does—encompass both the light and dark aspects of humanity, but being inherently good, story can foster open, honest dialogue to help individuals, communities, and organizations move beyond the negative. Storytelling is truly an ancient art for a modern world, and is a profound instrument of universal positive change.
I believe our organizations would work really well together. How do I get more information on partnerships?
Kiran's team at the International Storytelling Center welcomes the opportunity to work with different organizations to broaden our reach and strengthen mutual goals, especially institutions who share a vision for changing the world for the better. ISC is at the forefront of the storytelling movement, and we welcome like-minded partners to join us. For more information on possible partnership, reach out to them directly here.