Last weekend, as guests of my friends Marty and Shirley Newman, I was a featured storyteller at the first San Miguel International Storytelling Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. I told a story about my father’s horses. You can count on horses as characters because they are perfect mirrors of humans. They reflect our […]

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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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Let’s invert a cliche, and look at the way it can change the game: Instead of “Practice what you preach” flip your process to “Preach what you practice.” What kind of difference can it make? Practice what you preach is an attempt to wrench reality into line with speculative fiction, usually authored by the leaders of […]

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In a May 9 post on HBR Online,  Gretchen Gavett writes about how GE perceives data visualization as “storytelling.” This is not how how improvisers and other story professionals would see it. Not at all. Here’s my comment on Gavett’s post: As the godmother of improvisation, Viola Spolin, once said, information is a poor form […]

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Jared Lazaro posted a quote in his Facebook feed today by the late but still feisty, Christopher Hitchens: “Heroism breaks its heart, and ide­al­ism its back, on the intransigence of the cred­u­lous and the mediocre, manipulated by the cyn­i­cal and the corrupt.” While this may be true, nothing is ever going to change the facts […]

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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’ve written about it before, and it bears repeating, because it is such a beautiful concept. After his team had won the 2011 NBA Championship, Dallas Maverick guard Jason Terry (@jasonterry31) said something truly profound. An interviewer asked Terry one of the most cliche questions in sports (paraphrasing): “Jason, what made the difference this year? […]

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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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(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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