Story as Activism: Day 5 of 65 ALIVE! 65 alive about stories story activism Feb 05, 2022

People often ask me why I chose the title "Story Activist." Years ago I found a small clip of New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis talking about the power of story.

Somehow the way he spoke about stories making you want to take action caused a lightening spike in my brain. "That's it!" I said...

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The Spirit of Story -- How the past fuels the future: Day 4 of 65 ALIVE! 65 alive about stories life stories makes me think Feb 04, 2022
The Spirit of Story: How the past fuels the future This was our theme for Day 4 of 65 ALIVE!
Here's what our participant circle said:
  • The spirit of story is change, emotional connection, the arc of meaning, and resonance
  • Sharing our stories to promote connection and touch our hearts
  • ...
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Letting the Wolf In: Day 3 of 65 ALIVE! 65 alive about stories future story Feb 03, 2022

Beautiful, tragic, tender, terrifying, traumatising -- stories are all of these things. So how do we deal with difficult stories? 

On Day 3 of 65 ALIVE! Elizabeth Ellis and Loren Niemi called on us to step into the discomfort and let the wolf in. They describe difficult stories as...
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What is work now? Day 2 of 65 ALIVE! 65 alive about stories future story leadership Feb 02, 2022
WHAT IS WORK NOW? Here's the visual harvest from Day 2 of 65 ALIVE!
 
In starting their conversation by asking each other potent questions, Samantha Slade and Ed Hoffman reminded us that the capacity to live in questions is a key leadership attribute.
 
LEADERSHIP IS CHANGING
Ed...
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Women & Men & Power: Day 1 65 ALIVE! 65 alive about stories future story Feb 01, 2022
65 ALIVE! kicked off on Tuesday with a bang!
 
We had a fascinating conversation around Women & Men and Power with Annette Simmons contributing her sizeable experience and dedicated research into how men and women story around power differently.
 
She pointed out that competitive...
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2022? The story is up to YOU! about stories future story makes me think storymaking Jan 04, 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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ATTENTION! Holiday time = practice time! about stories crafting stories learning edge life stories makes me think practice Nov 23, 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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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 11, 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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