Category Archives: Storytelling

How Stories Collide

As social creatures, we communicate in stories: small and safe ones to establish commonality, membership, and trust, and bigger, more complex ones, to share ideas, or in service of finding new meaning. But stories are not like bricks: when you … Continue reading

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The Role of the Storyteller

Alongside more formal programmes, i increasingly find value in facilitated open sessions, ‘sense making’ spaces where people can bring their own agenda: this piece explores the role of the Social Storyteller in facilitating these spaces. I have written more widely … Continue reading

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Forging the Story

I’ve been writing about Leadership as a Social Movement, and considering how that movement is carried through a Community by waves of Storytelling. Social Leaders seek to effect change not though the application of formal power alone, imposed on a … Continue reading

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The Three Levels of Storytelling: Virtual Learning Design [Pt 6]

This is the sixth in a series of pieces exploring techniques for Virtual Learning Design based around unlocking curiosity and encouraging creativity. In this piece i will explore the three levels of Storytelling: individual, co-created, and organisational. Whilst i’m sharing … Continue reading

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Cultural Graffiti: A 5 Day Experiment – Day 2 – Curation

Throughout this week i am sharing my latest ‘5 Day Experiment’, a structured way to explore a topic within your own Organisation. This one is about ‘Cultural Graffiti’. Feel free to share your results in the comments, on Twitter, or … Continue reading

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Domain to Dynamic [Pt 5]: the Organisation as Story and Belief

This is the fifth in a series of pieces entitled ‘From Domain to Dynamic’. Collectively they explore a new model of Organisational Design that moves beyond hierarchy, infrastructure, and control, and into social collaboration, communities, and Individual Agency at scale. … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 4 – Amplification

I have been #WorkingOutLoud all week, sharing a 5 Day Experiment into Storytelling for Social Leadership. This is the Day 4 activity, which considers how stories may be Amplified. Instead of thinking about ways to push harder, or turn the … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 3 – Aggregation

This is the third in a series of 5 pieces that i am sharing that form a mini Experiment in Storytelling. Feel free to take part! Consider your Communities as incubators and filters of ideas. Some stories fly within these … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 2 – Story Handles

Day 2 of our experiment: yesterday i asked you to consider the types of power that you use within your leadership. But power does not push stories through a system: often they are picked up and pulled. So we need … Continue reading

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Storytelling Experiment: Day 1 – Power

I am #WorkingOutLoud this week, prototyping a format of ‘5 Day Experiments’ for busy and aspiring Social Leaders. It’s not dissimilar to the approach i take in my book on ‘Social Leadership: My 1st 100 Days’, which also works on … Continue reading

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