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Flag Language

Mike Bonifer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

Flags are, of course, symbols. They fit into a level of communication that, in our practice of quantum storytelling, we call Meta language. Meta langu...

Gay Man Recalls Homophobic Nurse Trying to Sabotage Baby's Adoption by Him and His Partner (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-06-25-1435271017-7457709-2015062414351739227415368AndyMillersmall.jpgWhile the birth mother was resting with the baby, Andy and his partner took a break from the hospital to get some food. When they returned from eating, they had a flurry of phone messages from the mother, crying and urging them to get back soon. A nurse had been questioning her about her decision to let a gay couple adopt her baby.

The Art of StorytELLING

Tom Ayling | Posted 06.23.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

In 2009, Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker decided to put a price on storytelling. The pair would buy "junk" worth little to nothing and then re-sell it for 300 times its original value. All the proceeds were donated to charity. Why did they do this?

Fury Road and the Evolution of the Hero

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.19.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legalization of contraception in the U.S., and the release of a Mad Max sequel with a woman in the hero role. What do these things have in common?

How to Tell a Good Story

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.19.2015 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Story is the ocean we are swimming in. And because it is, we don't necessarily feel wet when we're in it, but we are. Fish aren't taught to swim. And you aren't taught to tell stories. As a child, you didn't need to be taught.

Top 7 Ways to Connect With Your Child in a Disconnected World

Kiran Gaind | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Kiran Gaind

We love our children and value connection with them, but we lead busy lives inundated by modern technology. We're constantly connected to things outside of the home.

Why Storytelling Is Essential for Success

Nick Segal | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Nick Segal

Don't be afraid to share your business stories with your clients. Sometimes we can feel ashamed about touting our accomplishments. We feel we will be seen as braggarts or we are afraid to bore our audiences. We retreat to the safety of numbers.

11 Ways Remarkable Storytellers Create Reality Distortion Fields

Michael D. Simmons | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Michael D. Simmons

I can't get this idea out of my head... If something catastrophic happens to the Earth, we lose billions of years of evolution and thousands of years of advanced human civilization. Colonizing Mars isn't just something we can do, it is something we should do.

Ushering in the New Era of Social Impact: Fringe Diplomacy in Myanmar

Courtney Spence | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Courtney Spence

While the definition of Fringe can mean "not a part of the mainstream," it is my sincere hope that the ideals and model of Fringe Diplomacy is expanded upon.

Your Story: Is It Time to Redirect?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 06.09.2015 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Are you going through an "in between" time in your life? Different phrases have been coined to describe times when we are in between: "in the meantime...

5 Meaningful Questions to Ask Your Father... Before It's Too Late

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

This Father's Day, why not sit down with your father and ask him these questions? Record his responses on your smartphone, take notes in a notebook, or just listen attentively and soak in his stories.

Communicate Value: Fight List Maker Syndrome

Liz Wainger | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Liz Wainger

One of the secrets of successful people is that they make lists of things they want to accomplish. Then they march along their to-do list to accomplishment nirvana. While that may work for productivity, it's a terrible technique for communicating.

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-05-22-1432338746-5872862-2015052214323122322116311RobertandGarysmall.jpgThroughout Robert Scott's life, he had an alcoholic father, became overweight and addicted to drugs, and was affected by the AIDS crisis in San Francisco in the 1980s. Reflecting on his life, he realizes one thing: the importance of finding one's tribe.

Seven Strategies for Humanizing Brand Storytelling

Anneliza Humlen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Anneliza Humlen

Prior to the emergence of social networks, brand storytelling would typically unfold as a controlled narrative told from the perspective and interests of the business.

7 Lessons You Need to Learn When Writing Your Book

Maria Ross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Maria Ross

Ever wanted to write a book? Do you have an unfinished opus about your expertise sitting on your laptop? How about the next Harry Potter or crime thriller?

Are Small Presses the Best Choice for Latino Writers?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Recently, I wrote about the dismal publishing scene for Latino authors. Well, I was remiss in at least one aspect. I implied that Hispanic writers are limited only to pitching the big New York publishing houses or jumping into the self-publishing quagmire. There is another option.

Why Create a Culture of Storytelling?

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Unless you've been living in solitary confinement for the past few years, chances are good that you are a member of some kind of organization or community -- a gathering of people who have come together in service to a common goal.

Odd and Curious People You Meet at a Book Signing

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

The momentary glamour was offset by the reality that I made enough money to pay for my gas to drive back home. But I did meet some interesting characters.

Veterans: Serving and Healing in Community

Lily Casura | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lily Casura

Over the past year, I haven't been able to shake the importance of that word "community" in thinking about veterans, whether it's the bond they have with one another or what sort of impact they can have on society at large.

How Safe Are You From People Who Spew Hatred?

Greg Frucci | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Frucci

Photo by Greg Frucci, 2010 We've all been there... it is OK to admit the memory to yourself. You begin your day with an open mind. You are p...

Cooking With Granny on Mother's Day

Caroline Shin | Posted 05.08.2015 | Taste
Caroline Shin

Last Mother's Day, I filmed an interview with my now 89-year-old grandma and her 96-year-old best friend in their assisted living home in Queens, NY.

Muhammad: More Than a Prophet, More Than a Cartoon

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

While leading storytelling workshops with Syrian refugee youth, I found myself unavoidably drawn into a spirited exchange in which some perceptions of religion and culture both encouraged and discouraged the pursuit of self-expression, creativity and communication.

Every Number Tells a Story

Pioneers for Change | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

In today's world it can be overwhelming to find meaning in the explosion of data, graphs and charts. The trick to navigating this new landscape is to make a concerted effort to find personal connections to the numbers and tell the stories behind the numbers.

Did Fire Spark Storytelling?

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 06.24.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

How many of us have wondered, to paraphrase Ursula Le Guin, why we huddle about the campfire? A recent study poses an answer to this question by looking at what hunter-gatherers talk about as they sit around the fire at night.

Photojournalism: Capturing the Stories of Our Globalizing World

Gwyneth Frederick | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Gwyneth Frederick

Photography meshes reality and art together to portray the surreal truths of our world. It recalls times past and harbors life-impacting moments in tangible still-life frames.