2022? The story is up to YOU! about stories future story makes me think storymaking Jan 05, 2022

Happy New Year! We survived 2021 -- and we're about to enter the year of the tiger.

If there's one thing I know about cats, it is that they decide how they are going to meet life. They know how to be totally alert. They know when to totally relax. They are tenacious hunters. They know how to mark...

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What story am I telling myself & where does it go from here? Dec 26, 2021

Check my interview with poet and storyteller James Navé on his show Twice 5 Miles Radio. We talk about all things story, beginning with how to engage your own story and then moving into how story works in the world.. Click here.

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Giving gifts the giver too learning edge story as a map Dec 16, 2021

I belong to a digital neighbour network. I see the posts about lost animals, "porch pirates" and road closures. Today I read a post from a brave and anxious woman. Her husband has been sick most of the year. They have dwindling resources. And four kids under 10.

I can feel the desperate edge to...

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Happy Birthday 365 ALIVE! 365 alive! Dec 08, 2021

One year ago today this child of my mind and heart "365 ALIVE! Find your voice. Claim your story. Live your brilliant life." set off into the world.

Like any parent I want my offspring to have a long and successful life, but more than anything I hope for its gifts to serve. When people ask me who...

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A new story around Giving Tuesday makes me think storymaking Dec 01, 2021

GIVING TUESDAY arose in the US as a counterpoint to CYBER MONDAY, which itself comes after BLACK FRIDAY, intriguingly the day after Thanksgiving. Five days of (over)consumption, followed by one day which brings us back to the original spirit of the holiday.

While days of thanks giving have been...

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ATTENTION! Holiday time = practice time! about stories crafting stories learning edge life stories makes me think practice Nov 24, 2021

 I remember laughing out loud at hearing Pema Chödrön once say: "If you think you're enlightened, go home to your family."

 She has a good point.

 If you think you're a good leader / facilitator / conflict resolution coach / mediation specialist / meditator / process...

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Why understanding your WEIRD is vital to being a changemaker about stories art of hosting learning edge story as process partner Sep 11, 2021

I met some weirdness on a walk in a State Park yesterday. This video introduces you to my new weird friend and it is intended to help you open your mind to the idea of weirdness. An open mind is the prerequisite to accepting weirdness, and especially your own. You may never know what gift you are...

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Dealing with the data deluge about stories making meaning storycrafing Aug 31, 2021

The dynamic duo -- stories and visuals. Who knows which one came first, but it is certain we use visuals to tell a story and stories to help us survive and thrive.

This particular visual makes a graphically strong point about the power of stories to help us understand the data deluge. What is...

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Whose stories am I carrying? about stories inner work learning edge Jul 27, 2021

Yesterday was the fourth Monday of the month and that means I took my regular seat by fire (on Zoom of course) in The Story Café. We open the doors, see who from THE STORY DOJO will arrive and settle in to share how our theme of the month is stirring in us. It's like a regular...

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The power of introverts makes me think story activist Jul 19, 2021

Joanna Rawbone is a change agent and an advocate for introverts. We talked about the power of story coupled with the super power of introverts on her podcast "The Flourishing Introvert Talks". As she says: "'We live in a story and that means we can change it' These words from Mary Alice...

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A life of stories turns into a movement about stories makingadifference story activism the story dojo Jul 08, 2021
Can you feel it in the air and on the airwaves? People want to get out of the office, away from the desk and around others. Restlessness is rife. And that means one thing..... THERE WILL BE STORIES. Are you ready?
 
Stories help us build the bridge between each other -- and between...
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The power of archetypes about stories collective wisdom inner work leadership May 12, 2021

Yesterday in THE STORY DOJO Frédérique te Dorsthorst introduced us to the power of archetypes. She reminded us that archetypes are part of our evolutionary past and we communicate with and through them every time we tell a story. The more you know about how they work, the more...

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