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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Weird. Based on something said in a conversation I had this morning with Alistair Cockburn, author of the landmark book, Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game, I was going to write a post about the old cliche, glass half-empty or half-full? And then later today this quote by Mark Cuban appeared in my LinkedIn feed: […]

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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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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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When I was in fifth grade, a couple of high school boys in our small town of Ireland, Indiana, would spend their afternoons “laying patches” on the blacktop road outside our classroom. The large wall of windows facing the road provided a panoramic view of their Chevy Impala, geared super low for precisely this purpose, […]

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I first noticed it in a trendy Hollywood bar in the early 1990s: A room full of people singing a song and not one of them making eye contact with anyone else in the room. They were all looking at the karaoke screen. Their connection was the screen. The machine. It didn’t matter whether they […]

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Our ERGO communication training system is based on improvisational game structure. Because ERGO is participatory, generative and adaptive, it can produce business outcomes at a scale, and at a level of complexity required in a networked communication environment.  There’s an old street saying, “Game recognizes game.” That’s one way of putting it, but it’s it’s […]

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From my presentation of a paper on the relationship between Big Data and Story; 2013 Quantum Storytelling Conference; Inn of the Arts, Las Cruces, NM With gratitude to John Godfrey Saxe for the concept Six Scientists and the Dataset It was six Men of Science All with advanced degrees Who crunched a massive Dataset (For […]

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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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  This NY Times Jan 9 post by Bill Pennington evaluating the performance of World Cup champion U.S. skier, Mikaela Shiffrin, can apply to any kind of performance, in any field. Money quotes from the post: “Any predetermined strategy was remarkably elemental and always focused on process, not results … a light race schedule … […]

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