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Street Art Collective Paints The Eccentric Personalities Of Italy

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.03.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

As a painting was completed people stopped by to discuss it. Some to learn, some to remember, others to enhance with gossip, or to fill in some blanks in lore.

How Storytelling Can Change the Way We Do Business

Swati Joshi | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Swati Joshi

Increasingly adopted by successful executives and industry leaders, the art of storytelling is nowadays even being taught to the broader corporate world, to help them win more clients and close more deals.

Splitting the Arrow: A New Book by Prem Rawat

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 01.29.2016 | Books
Mitch Ditkoff

It has often been said that human beings are born without an instruction manual -- that we enter the world with just our belly button and breath, required to figure things out as we go along.

I Don't Like Poetry, I'm Not a Poetry Person

Tara Skurtu | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Tara Skurtu

Every time I hear someone say "I don't like poetry," or "I'm not a poetry person," I think the opposite is true. I believe everyone is a poetry person. Poetry is just a form of storytelling, and we're born to tell stories.

Chat for a cure: How Viber merges mobile messaging and community in support of ALS

Valeh Nazemoff | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Valeh Nazemoff

Did you take the ice bucket challenge to support ALS? If so, you found out that a bucket of cold water can hurt so good! At the height of ice bucket ...

How One Author Used Twitter To Write A Thrilling Choose Your Own Adventure Story

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts

When Twitter announced that it would allow users to create two-question polls, the news was met with the usual groaning aversion (remember the star-t...

"Don't Struggle With Something You Can't Control": Gay Son Receives Sage Advice From Mom

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

My mom essentially was like, "Stop. Don't struggle with something you can't control. I've known you were this way since you were a little kid. There was no place and time that affected you to become gay. You were born that way. God made you this way."

Why Share Our Story?

Janna Barkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Janna Barkin

I share my story as a parent of a trans child because my child's life depends on it. There are still many people in America who are ignorant and fearful, of trans people, often simply because they have no direct experience with anyone who is transgender.

Once Upon A Purpose: How Companies Can Use Stories To Connect People And Purpose

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business
Shannon Schuyler

I remember every detail of a recent exchange I had with my colleagues, and I think I always will. I was speaking with a team at our firm who told me h...

'Something Told Me That Cops Can't Be Gay'

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

Dennis Rudder is from a small town in Texas, gay, and wanted to be a cop. Not exactly a common combination, which led him to years of depression and struggle.

What's Missing in Nonprofit Marketing? This Company Has the Answer

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.07.2016 | Business
Alexandra Ostrow

YouTube holds great potential for nonprofits to engage younger demographics, increase visibility in search, and drive revenue via donations and monetization. So why are only 13% of nonprofits ranking video as a "very important" communication channel?

Religion of Despair

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Despair has become so woven into the speech and rhetoric of our society that we don't even recognize it anymore. It is preached to us on Sunday from pulpits and become the leading theme on cable TV.

'Downton Abbey' Inspires an App?

David Sable | Posted 01.11.2016 | Business
David Sable

If you haven't seen it... try it. It's addictive -- not in the way binge watching video can be, but more in the way that we return to great stories and experience them again and again with the knowledge that we won't be let down, because the story will sustain us, like Star Wars with butlers. (C-3PO! hello!!!)

Book Review: Narrative as Virtual Reality 2

Illya Szilak | Posted 12.29.2015 | Books
Illya Szilak

This lucidly written updated book by independent literary scholar Marie-Laure Ryan addresses virtual reality (VR) not as a medium associated with specific hardware, but more loosely as a form of storytelling primarily concerned with immersion and interactivity.

Storytelling Is the Trojan Horse of Wisdom

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.27.2015 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

Most people, sometime in their life, enter into a period of seeking. The language they use to describe their quest may be different, but the intention is the same -- to tap into a higher dimension of knowing and become self-realized.

Beyond Development: Escaping the Linguistic Prison

Jonathan Dawson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Education
Jonathan Dawson

Today, as a society, the bars of our prison comprise the language we use to define the challenges we face and the range of options available to us, obscuring from view all kinds of new creative thinking and solutions that are potentially open to us.

Collaboration Now

Todd Felderstein | Posted 12.21.2015 | Entertainment
Todd Felderstein

"Collaboration" is the catch word that is bandied about when describing the show business industry. We thrive on lunches, conference calls and writers' rooms. You would think with all of these partnerships this would be the happiest place on earth, a community of calm where executives and creatives share suggestions throughout their eight-hour workday.

Loving Someone Far Away

Mona Friis Bertheussen | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment
Mona Friis Bertheussen

Sure it hurts. But did you know that missing someone is actually a good sign? "When you long for someone, it's not necessarily a sad thing," a psyc...

"These White Gay Guys Are Coming to Take All Our Jobs." Workplace Discrimination in the Mayor's Office

Nathan Manske | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nathan Manske

James Felton Keith went back to his hometown of Detroit to help rebuild the city after it went bankrupt. On his first day working in the new mayor's office, a colleague was giving him a tour of the office when two gay men walked by and were introduced. After they left, James was shocked at what he heard from his colleague:

"Escape" Shows Harsh Reality of Native American Youth - Best Student Film at LA SKINS FEST

Reiner Lomb | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Reiner Lomb

Best Student Film Award winners at 2015 LA SKINS FEST. Left to right: Ute Mountain Ute Councilwoman Deanne House, film students: Tayanita Hatch, De...

TV Tells a New Story About Sexual Assault

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 12.10.2015 | Science
Michelle Scalise Sugiyama

As a species, humans are heavily dependent on cooperation for survival; consequently, we don't want stories of our transgressions to get around, for fear of being ostracized by our social network.

Split Desire Creates Compelling Story

Jen Grisanti | Posted 12.10.2015 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Understanding the idea of split desire is a new story tool that suddenly surfaced for me in the work that I do with writers as a story/career consulta...

Types of Dreams and What They Are Asking Us

Erin McElroy | Posted 12.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Erin McElroy

All dreams serve a purpose: to help us change, grow, evolve, forward a vision. There are many types of dreams and different ways that this plays out, ...

Women Inspiring Women with Stories

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.08.2015 | Women
Deborah J. Levine

Who among us has not been touched by success stories or by stories of daring adventures, altruistic sacrifices, or futuristic inventions? Whether it's rags-to-riches or rising from the ashes, we're moved and motivated by stories of overcoming life's obstacles.

What Kind of Stories Will You Tell Today?

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.07.2015 | Media
Mitch Ditkoff

Here's a story you can probably relate to: You are walking down a street when a friend, coming the other way, stops, looks you in the eye, and asks "Whassup?" It's a question you've heard a thousand times before -- the default, open-ended salutation.