The Danish way of "seeing eye to eye" stories from the journey stories in a word Jul 21, 2023
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The Danes have a particular focus on what they call "seeing eye to eye" or "being at the same eye level." Moving past the time of the sovereign kings, Denmark's people had to work together to rebuild their society. Being at eye level is a stance and a value. Toke Paludan...

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The Danish word "Dannelse" stories from the journey stories in a word Jul 14, 2023
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Toke Paludan Møller talks us through the Danish concept of "dannelse", which is all about educating your "humanbeing-ness." The Danish Folk High School system -- still renowned around the world -- focuses on balancing knowledge and skills with supporting people to...

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Why "fika" could save the world stories from the journey stories in a word Nov 29, 2022
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Ordinary people have coffee breaks, but the Swedes have "fika", a collective art in taking breaks. There are certainly fewer places in the world that drink more coffee and have developed the cinnamon bun into an artform.

Could the practice save the world? Listen to...

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The Russian words "sobytie" & "razdelit" stories from the journey stories in a word Nov 26, 2022
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Every culture has something unique to add to our understanding of what it is to be human and how we experience this world.

You might think that the word "event" would be a simple translation, but in Russian the word "sobytie" actually means to "co-be". Co-creation in a...

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Exploring how Swedes practice team stories from the journey stories in a word Nov 24, 2022

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The Swedes have a very rich history of how they practice being in community and making sure everyone has enough. One image that often pops to mind is a circle of Vikings around a fire passing the drinking horn. Ulric Rudebeck describes his deep understanding of the old...

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What is "Hygge"? stories from the journey stories in a word Nov 23, 2022
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I love language! When I think about the scene from The Matrix when Neo is offered the red pill and the blue pill, I visualise it like this:

If the red pill were all the physical prowess in the world and the blue pill were all the languages in the world, I'd take the...

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A P.S. on Hygge... stories from the journey stories in a word Nov 22, 2022
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... but wait, there's more! What's the opposite of Hygge?

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Learning from stories of self hosting art of hosting collective story harvest stories from the journey Aug 18, 2022

I spent all of last week at the Art of Hosting Practitioners Gathering. We called it "Homecoming" for many reasons. Not the least of these was that it was time to find our way back together again after so many years of solo time and online meetings.

I like the idea of "roomies" and...

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Unpacking the privilege of the dominant narrative about stories stories from the journey story activist storymaking Jun 13, 2018

It was really only about three weeks ago that I finally learned how to spell the word privilege.  It may take me much, much longer to really unpack the privilege I have.  And it wasn't that I was unaware that I had any, but that my life and work are bringing me new ways to shine a light...

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