I love stories and storytelling. I’ve known since I was 8 or 9 years old that storytelling would be my life. And it has. For most of my working life, I’ve been paid to create stories. And when I’m not doing it for pay, I’m doing it for love. The great storyteller Ray Bradbury (whose home of […]

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Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Social Media Breakfast in Los Angeles. The subject was how our Big Story model can be a useful complement to Big Data. Afterward, in a lively Q&A, Bob Dickman of Narrative Influence posed a question that I struggled to answer at the time, and that I’ve been thinking […]

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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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The second principle of GameChangers is that game is infinite. By this we mean that a good game has infinite capacity to  “unfold, unfurl and evolve” (in the parlance of the great improvisation teacher, David Razowsky) so that through the playing of the game we can generate lots of productive outcomes. What we’re really saying when […]

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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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One of our newest clients is Sachamama, a Latino environmental group with roots in Miami. A couple of weeks ago, we collaborated with Carlos Zegarra, one of the group’s founders, to design a productive dinner for Sachamama’s introduction to Los Angeles. We held it in the Eastern Columbia Building in downtown L.A., in a loft […]

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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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LeaderCast produced a sketch buzzing around the webz that’s funny because it’s true. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out, it’ll leaven our mutual conference call pain with humor: We’ve all been on this call more often that we’d like to be. I have seen people juggling two conference calls at once–one on […]

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I can’t not comment on yesterday’s well-publicized meltdown at CES by film director Michael Bay. I’m not going to add to the snarky commentary, which the internets provide in abundance. I’m going to empathize. We’ve all had moments when our mind blanks. The script that was in our head (or in Bay’s case on the […]

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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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