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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Our colleague Rasul Sha’ir (@cnvrgnc) sent this quote our way. It speaks to the choices we make in terms of language, and how those choices influence our future:   What world you end up living in depends at least in part on your use of language. Do you want to move and breathe amidst infertile […]

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As part of Social Media Week GameChangers will be hosting a workshop on Sunday, Sept 22, from 6 to 8 PM called That Time a Story Kicked Big Bad Data’s Ass. The theme is how stories give context to information (and how information, by itself, is a poor conduit of communication). The workshop will explore […]

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Two years ago, as part of Social Media Week in Los Angeles, I conducted a GameChangers workshop at KCET-TV entitled “The Revolution Will be Improvised.” It was a good session. Afterwards, I had a cluster of people around me continuing the conversation when Antonio Rodriguez approached and said to me, “I need 60 seconds of […]

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This morning, I’m wrapping up a visit with Dr. David Boje, who’s on the faculty of the business school at New Mexico State University, and is also, among his other accomplishments, a master blacksmith. Boje’s work focuses on storytelling and its effect on business (huge!) He says he gets his ideas for quantum storytelling from […]

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I wasn’t going to write a blog post this morning, I have too much to do, flying to San Francisco later today for a workshop at Art.com with the miracle who is Ivy Ross and a small group of artists and storytellers from her amazing constellation of friends. Then, as I was scanning my network, […]

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Last week GameChangers got hired to conduct a ‘thematic exploration’ of a client’s brand. Most of us, at one time or another in our educational lives, if not our working lives, have had to wrestle with themes. What are they? And, when it comes to business, what purpose do they serve? Themes are Big Ideas. […]

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Interviewed after his Dallas Mavericks’ victory tonight over the Miami Heat for the NBA championship, their star shooting guard Jason Terry was asked how they did it, and he said (I’m paraphrasing)… “We found a home for everybody’s stories. Everybody’s story came together here. Dirk (Nowitzki’s), Jason (Kidd’s), mine, Shawn Marion’s, Stojakovich, Berea, Tyson Chandler, […]

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Recently, Reyne Rice of Toy Trends gave me this wonderful gift, a game created in Ireland called Rory’s Story Cubes. It’s super simple to play and endlessly complex in terms of its outcomes. I don’t know what makes a better game than that. And at $7.30 a set, how can you NOT? The game consists […]

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(Note: This is a re-write of a post from January, 2010. The re-write is a contribution to an upcoming seminar on “Quantum Physics and Storytelling’ at the University of Bath, which came to my attention via the Storyhood site belonging to PhD candidate, Mike de Kreek, whose work focuses on the relationship between neighborhoods and […]

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