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Stories shape us

Every day, stories shape and focus every aspect of our lives and impact why and how we take action. Being a Story Activist means cultivating a new practice of actively choosing how you live and work with stories.

Story + Hosting

The combination of Story and Hosting is a powerful change agent. STORY creates a compelling vision. HOSTING brings the story to life. Together they build the capacity for self-responsibility, participatory leadership and committed action. It's all about activating agency.

Everyone leads

Everyone is a leader in their own sphere of influence. It all depends on what gets activated. The stories leaders hold and share and how they involve others, create the foundation for our individual and collective future. 

Being a Story Activist

A Story Activist is engaged in the art and practice of using story for positive systemic shift and for focusing collective intelligence on the critical issues of our times. 

It is the stories we decide to pay attention to -- the ones we activate -- that lead us into the future. Which stories keep us stuck? Where can story help us to move first to common ground, and from there, to higher ground? What stories can help us to create our most flourishing future together?

We talk about stereotyping, but in reality, we are all story-o-typers. Changing our stories about something is a powerful act. STORY is key in creating transformational change and the ability to thrive in complexity.

We start by cultivating the STORY we want to bring to life.

SOAR works with six perspectives on story to help you ride the waves and be the changemaker with impact.

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HOSTING is how we activate stories.

Once we know what stories we want to activate, then bringing collective power to bear is what helps us to live into them. How you engage people builds the energy to kickstart change. When people participate, they begin to own and live the story and together you create results that keep working long after the first meeting is over.

HOSTING creates the foundation for cohesion, commitment and direction. We work alongside you to create the capacity for people to host the conversations that matter and take wiser action together. Building skills in participatory practice creates leaders everywhere and brings your story to life.

Hosting is both a practice and an art. Everyone can benefit from getting good at hosting conversations that really matter so people come together -- and stay together --  to bring the future to life.

What does that look like in practice?

Find out more about the 10 practices for being a story change agent in today’s world.

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Interview on Story Activism for the STORY THE FUTURE Online Summit 2018. Mary Alice takes a look at the ten practices.

Does it need to be a current story — one you’re living in now?  In this trailer for a series of events, Mary Alice talks about the story of Denmark going bankrupt in 1813 and why working with it was so important. This work is still continuing in Denmark today.

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A practitioner's guide to working with Story Activism. Includes an exploration of each practice plus worksheets to bring each focus to life.

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