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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 01.07.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 01.05.2017 | 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 01.04.2017 | 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 12.29.2016 | Home
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 12.26.2016 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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 12.21.2016 | 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 12.18.2016 | 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 psycho...

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

Nathan Manske | Posted 12.17.2016 | 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 12.10.2016 | 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, Des...

TV Tells a New Story About Sexual Assault

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama | Posted 12.09.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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.

Why Tell Stories?

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Mitch Ditkoff

In the last 60 seconds, here's what happened: 168 million emails were sent, 700,000 Google searches were launched, and 60 hours of YouTube videos were...

#FairTuesday and the Ethical Fashion Movement: Can They Make a Difference?

Megan Brosterman | Posted 12.01.2016 | Impact
Megan Brosterman

What exactly are the handmade/ethical/eco/slow fashion movements seeking to achieve? And is it possible? In my own eyes, the two most important beneficiaries of the ethical fashion movement are the people in the supply chain and the environment.

Listening Our Way to Peace

Sharon Eakes | Posted 11.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Sharon Eakes

"The root of not listening is knowing. If I already know the truth, why do I need to listen to you?" -- Adam Kahane How do we listen? Nineteen coache...

The Most Powerful Thing You Can Do for Your Relationships

Z Zoccolante | Posted 11.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

In our society there are so many people wanting to be heard, yet so many missed opportunities for connection. Listening is an underestimated skill that is vital for health and healing. Practice being a listener and you'll soon discover the power listening has.

Thanksgiving Memories and Stories

Diana M. Raab | Posted 11.11.2016 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

What each of us remembers about our childhoods has always been a subject of fascination to me, in the sense that even those raised in the same home with the same experiences will recall different aspects of what transpired.

Synchronicity and Dreamlike Experiences

Erin McElroy | Posted 11.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Erin McElroy

In this case, the message was to trust. There was not anything I could physically do from afar, but I could visualize the best outcome and trust. I have found it does make a difference.

The Power of Imperfection

Megan Baca | Posted 11.03.2016 | Women
Megan Baca

I spent most of my childhood reading books under the covers with a flashlight. The hours in the day didn't seem to be enough time for me to read everything that was on my list. I didn't consider the strain I was putting on my eyesight. I didn't worry about getting a good nights sleep.

'The British Lion,' A Conversation with Tony Schumacher

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

The British Lion is a sequel to his first novel, The Darkest Hour. It continues the alternative history tale in which the Nazis have emerged victorious and occupy Great Britain.