Bring your story to life
How you take action around your story, especially with others, matters
Uncovering a better story is only the first step. Now you have to bring it to life...
It's an amazing feeling to find the power of your new story. Suddenly, more is possible. The door is open. A new road beckons.
Now comes the greater challenge -- bringing your story to life.
Since story is the keystone to identity, there is a pull to the familiar way of being, even if it was stifling, depressing or downright painful. We go down the old familiar track. That's why I wrote the book 365 ALIVE! as a guide to help you explore new ways of living into your most powerful story. Just like a good friend would reflect the brilliance they see in you, so you can see it too, the book will host you into a deeper appreciation of who you truly are.
Transformation needs hosting.
Individuals can do that through a regular story practice -- like working with the book or choosing coaching. When you want to bring a collective story to life -- in a community, an organization, a movement --- then hosting is a capacity you need to build as the foundation for moving forward.
Hosting helps build a foundation for people to care about and work on something together
The concept of hosting is based on the idea that participatory leadership creates the container for people to meet. It starts with something we care about. Something that matters to us. Being in conversation and inquiry together leads naturally to co-creation. Sharing resources, worldviews and responsibility means that we also share commitment and take ownership.
Our story moves from being something we talk about, to something we share, and then something we embody. Our story comes to life.
Moving from hero to host is a journey
Hosting is both a practice and a skillset. The practice includes how you show up, how you participate, how you invite others to step in and how you work together. The skillset includes a variety of methods that help people work well in groups and navigate complexity together. These skills are easy to learn. If you keep on practicing them, they move from being methods to an art.
Hosting helps people stay the course to make real change happen. The story sticks. And grows.
Hosting is a capacity that anyone can learn and practice
Teachers can host the learning with their students. Young people can host conversations that make a difference towards sustainability. Action teams can host their community into transformation. Leaders can host a bigger vision so their organization moves from surviving to thriving.
When we change the story of who we can be by working together in new ways, we embody the change we're looking for. Let me host you to build the capacity to bring your story to life.
What's the story you're inviting others to gather around?
Our workplaces and communities are becoming more intergenerational and diverse. Knowing how to work well across diversity using participatory processes is a key to being successful as more challenge and complexity comes our way. Work with Mary Alice to build capacity through the principles and practices of participation. Host a generative learning field where you live and work.
Meetings That Matter
Take your event from ordinary to extraordinary with event hosting. Focus on your vision and potential. Build in participatory process. Add a dash of storytelling. Work with your team to move from being the organisers to the hosts of your event. Move your participants from consumers to contributors. Make a memorable event that gets results. Work with Mary Alice to design, deliver and delight your participants!
Wondering how to get your online space to be as participatory and results oriented as a face to face meeting? We offer design and production support for online meetings together with Amy Lenzo of WeDialogue and others. We can work with you to clarify your goals and format, and host your participants — or support you to do it! — as well as host all the technology. We help you create meetings that are warm, engaging, supportive and effective.