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Storytelling -- Beyond the Buzz

Donna Griffit | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Donna Griffit

Storytelling - it seems to be one of the hottest buzz words today. Everyone is saying that you must know how to be a good storyteller - but does anyone really know what that means?

Change Isn't the Greatest Political Challenge, Sustaining It Is

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

In my mind, this is a clear and powerful articulation of the elements critical to enabling cities to deal with our society's most intractable problems by thinking outside of the box.

A Story as Big as the World: On the Road With a Traditional Storyteller

Chris Corbett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Arts
Chris Corbett

Naomi Steinberg represents the oral tradition of storytelling that first started with cavemen sitting around a fire describing an epic hunt to their tribe. She can recite hundreds of folk tales in their entirety and infuse a gathering with the timeless wisdom hidden behind the tale.

The Power of Disconnecting: How a Trip to Africa Saved My Mental Health

Adam Vavrek | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Adam Vavrek

I left Africa with a renewed focus, with a new perspective in both my personal and professional life and with the hope that I'll have the discipline and the wisdom to take the following with me:

The Art of Storytelling - 7 Lessons From Cartoonist Liza Donnelly

Vala Afshar | Posted 07.19.2015 | Business
Vala Afshar

Liza Donnelly is a cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years.

"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

5 Rituals and Routines That Changed My Writing Life

Jennifer Blanchard | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Jennifer Blanchard

Being a writer is a challenging creative pursuit, because as writers, we spend a lot of time alone, in our heads. And for the longest time writers have been told they should write "when they feel inspired."

In the Interest of Listening

Graeme Blackman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Graeme Blackman

The truth is that often in our darkest times we are not even looking for feedback or advice, but rather someone to simply listen to us, empathize with our plight, and point us in the right direction. Sometimes all it takes is a really great listener to turn a life around.

An Unexpected Sea Experience

Honey Good | Posted 07.01.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

"Jaws!" yelled Captain Rope Nelson, as he stood on top of the tuna tower of our deep sea 60-foot Hatteras fishing boat. When this story took place, Rope, was a man in his fifties; written up in all the books as the most revered and respected deep sea fishing captain in the State of Hawaii.

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.