I had often wondered why Robin Williams seemed more and more forlorn every time I saw him perform over the past few years. He was like a magician who’d finished his act and wanted to leave the party, but the guests demanded more tricks, and he, a gentleman, obliged. Oh he still had it. Ideas […]

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In Fast Company Elizabeth Hyde Stevens talks to people who worked for Jim Henson about his leadership behaviors, which she contrasts with Steve Jobs’ leadership practices. You can jump to it here. To sum it up, Henson was an agile communicator. Here’s the GameChangers summary of Henson’s leadership: 1. He used “Yes and” to build on the […]

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The Fourth Principle of GameChangers is that Game Explores Theme. The way we we ensure outcomes that matter when we design an ERGO (game) is through the conscious exploration of a Theme. A theme is a guiding idea. A good theme is both expansive and specific. It is the glue that holds together a narrative, as […]

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Dowsing is the ancient practice of seeking what is hidden (most often associated with dowsing or “divining” water underground with a divining rod). My grandmother was a dowser. She used the forked limb from a peach tree to find underground water for friends and relatives drilling water wells in Indiana. I wrote a post about […]

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There’s a lot of buzz in business about storytelling, and unprecedented demand for storytelling expertise. People are discovering Joseph Campbell, Jungian archetypes, world building, Bettelheim, Pixar’s process, and other storytelling and cinematic motifs, and applying them to leadership and brand narratives. Because the environment in which stories come to life and get shared has changed, the practice of storytelling […]

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I got back to L.A. yesterday from Singapore, flew straight out of that fevered dream of an island nation into a national holiday, and this, my meditation on the man for whom the day is named: Always subvert the status quo. Where there is racism, rectify it.  Where there is violence, pacify it. Where there […]

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Let’s look at the relationship between Data and Story. I’ll be presenting a paper on this subject in December at the Conference on Quantum Storytelling in Las Cruces, NM. It is a complex subject, because it gets at the heart of where meaning resides in organizations and communities, how we share it, and how it […]

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In an Oct. 2013 post in Wired, Joshua Davis (@JoshuaDavisNow) describes the remarkable teaching techniques of Sergio Juárez Correa, a grade school teacher in Matamoros, an impoverished Mexican city of half a million across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Inspired by the work of TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at […]

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 Earlier this year, I spent a couple of days at the Northwestern University library archives, looking through and making notes from the papers of Viola Spolin, whom I call the godmother of improvisation. Viola was not a writer, she was a commenter, and so most of her notes are in fragments and asides. Her writing […]

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