The value of Trigger Objects

Image of Teddy Bear

By Smithsonian Museum of Natural History –, CC BY-SA 2.0,

We all collect stuff.

Stuff that triggers memories. Stuff that reminds us of who we are and how we got here.

A greying teddy bear.

A picture of children, playing.

The first $20 you earned, framed and hanging by the register.

A letter from a displaced person, thanking you for helping them get their life back on track.

This is what we mean by trigger objects.

A thing in the real world that sets off a chain of memory and stories.

They are keys that can help unlock the DEEPER CONTEXT of the conversation.

There is power in connecting with our objects.

When we focus on them, they become lenses through which we see our world.

We use these objects (selected by you) in our conversation, to help tell your story.