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Moving Beyond Story

I wrote to say I would gladly offer an introductory session on Narrative Design, and draw from my recent book on how dealing with the pandemic and its aftermath  is a perfect case study for applying some of these practices. … Continue reading

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PRINCIPLES OF NARRATIVE DESIGN- A NEW BOOK

 The principles of narrative design (POND) that are outlined in our new storywise book  https://ourstoriesriseup.com/ describe the mutually re-enforcing cycle of- 1.experience to 2.story and 2. story to 3. memory. We have an impactful experience- Our first child speaks for … Continue reading

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The Narrative Method 2022

The world of work is made of boards and bricks, but The world of meaning is built of stories, a billion miles thick. The first relies on strong material means. The second relies only on meaning and on memes.  Why … Continue reading

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Welcome Burlington VT ASC Conference 2022 “Our Stories Rise Up”

For 25 years we has been teaching people to do three things 1- Recognize that Stories have power 2- Understand their real affects in  shaping our identity, destiny and community 3- Knowing 1. and 2, to Act more effectively dealing … Continue reading

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Invited into Struggle Town

The coach was well experienced and ready to lead the group. Let us first thank Mother Earth for birthing us, and let us thank Mother Heaven for earthing us. Let us acknowledge the four winds and the 4 ancestors and … Continue reading

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Appeasement is a story that needs to die

The lessons of history are that people do not learn the lessons of history. And even if these same lessons quoted, by chapter and verse, are proved over time to be totally wrong, and that the history we cite to … Continue reading

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Kyiv’s Celebrity War for VIP’s

If you think showing up in war torn Kyiv is a brave act of solidarity, you might also be wondering like I am that it is fast becoming also an act of media celebrity. Jill Biden was there over the … Continue reading

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New Book- “Our Stories Rise Up- Remembering as Resilience”

We are thrilled to announce that on May 18th, at the AmeriCorps Training Conference in Burlington VT, Storywise will launch a new book inspired by our AmeriCorps members, and prompted by the pandemic challenge and how it changed our years … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IT LIKE HAVING 2 GRANDPAS AS PRESIDENT? WELCOME TO THE INTERREGNUM PRESIDENCY OF JODON TRUMPBIDEN 2016-2024

“Everything old is new again.” Russia like USSR of old has gone back to invading other countries, and the good old USA is sounding so bullish and patriotic like Ronald Regan inveighing against the Evil Empire, and the Supreme Courtesans … Continue reading

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Why are we honoring people’s weaknesses, not their strengths?

Times are tough for a lot of people.  COVID did not cause the cracks in our social edifice of care but has exposed and widened them to make them more cruelly visible. Never before has everyone had to battle the … Continue reading

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