How J.R. Ewing Won the Cold War, and What it Means Today

When I think of the upcoming Climate March, I can’t help but think of super hurricanes, frack pits and coal-fired power plants – all things that we want to deter. And I think about J.R. Ewing. After the fall of communism, Larry Hagman, who had played J.R. Ewing in the 1980’s global mega hit “Dallas,”…

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Pumping Up a Flat Story

Do you ever tell a story, in a speech, in a meeting, or at a dinner, and it rolls along like a flat tire? Maybe it seems like everything’s ready to move but something feels kind of wobbly? Or instead of an “A-ha” at the end, you just get a long vacant look? Well, a…

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The Art of the Turnaround Story (Video)

A Turnaround Story is, a story about facing great challenges, and finding insights and power at the depth of difficulty. Through these insights, they were able to rise out of the challenge, to the other side, with new strength and a abilities to face the world. Key pieces of a Turnaround Story: 1. Things were…

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The Princess who Fell Down, an Everyday Fairy Tale

My sweet little girl looked up at me this morning in the kitchen. “Daddy,” she said, “Are you going to come tell a story at my school…for my birthday?” “Sure love! I’d be happy to.” “This time I’ll wear my ballet shoes,” she said, looking down at the floor. I realized she had now said…

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How to Build Culture Through Storytelling

One brisk fall day 20 years ago, I shuffled into the great marble halls of the Accademia in Florence to see Michelangelo’s David. I had seen the postcards and posters and projections so many times, and from so many angles, I felt as if in some way I had already been there. As I approached…

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The Three E’s of Retellable Leadership Stories

There are three kinds of people, said the sign on the wall of my dad’s coaching office: Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that don’t know what the heck happened. I understood, even at age 7, that it was best to be the first kind of person, the kind…

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Natalie Foster, Founder of Peers.org: A Small Town Gains Some Ground

Natalie shares a story of her family’s store in Oklahoma that she’d visit as a child…and how it connects to the sharing movement today. Told at Journeys: Stories of the Things that Connect Us, November 6th, 2013.

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One Baby’s Cry Moved An Industry: Pamela Marcus, Founder, Lifefactory Bottles

From a walk on a bridge, a drive on a rainy road, or a moment with a primi. We never know where our insights may come from. But we know that Pamela’s heart and her commitment to making a shift has created a visible impact…just look for her famous bottles at at any yoga class…

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Joel ben Izzy, Storyteller and Author – Turning a Curse into a Blessing

Wakingstar co-founder Joel ben Izzy tells the story of a great loss in his life – and what was found as a result. Told at Journeys: Stories of Aha! Moments at the David Brower Center June 20, 2013.

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From Mega-Retail to Mega-Sharing: Andy Ruben, Co-Founder of Yerdle

Andy Ruben, as Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart, believed that he could catalyze global sustainability by transforming supply chains at a massive scale. But one day, on a factory tour, he realized that working at scale would not get us there – so he changed his direction, and his career, to build www.yerdle.com. Told at…

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