Category Archives: Storytelling

Stories from Berlin

I’m off to Berlin today: as well as some smart clothes and a good pair of boots to walk around in, i’ve packed my camera. I’ll have some time to explore, and the experience of walking round a city, ferreting … Continue reading

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The Stories We Hide

We grow out of stories: the ones gifted to us by our family, or imposed upon us by society. These stories shape us, and sometimes we celebrate them, or choose to leave them behind. In many ways we are nothing … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative

As a reminder, the blog is, for me, a primary ‘sense making’ space, and first space of reflection: what that means in practice is that it’s a space of uncertainty and the development of new ideas and the vocabulary that … Continue reading

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Types of Story: Reputation and Identity

This week i am building out ideas around Reputation and Identity as part of my current writing around ‘The Roots of Story’. Reputation can be viewed as a story, taking varied forms: partly we may seek to write that story … Continue reading

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Trapped in Stories

We can become trapped within stories: limiting our thought and action. This prison may be one we willingly inhabit, because other words for it are ‘belonging’ in stories, ‘communities’ of a story, or ‘safety’ of a story. Some stories we … Continue reading

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Stories of Exclusivity and Exclusion

As part of a series of pieces developing the new Storytelling work, today i am considering how stories create exclusivity and can form part of exclusion. I was given an award a couple of years ago: at the induction they … Continue reading

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We Shelter in Stories

In large part we understand the world around us through stories: we grow through stories (the stories of our family, our community, our culture), whilst creating our own story (our identities, our reputation), and subscribing to stories (religion, politics, organisations). … Continue reading

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Lost in the Story

A thing i love about being a father is bedtime stories: we choose a book (or two…) from the shelf and settle in, with a favourite teddy, to read together. We have special seats to do this in, special cushions … Continue reading

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Trapped in Stories

This week i am #WorkingOutLoud developing my work around Storytelling: today, some thoughts around how we are trapped in stories. How they may limit our thought, our action, even our identity and space of operation. This is not a negative … Continue reading

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We Grow Out Of Stories

For the remainder of this month i am building out a body of work around Storytelling in Social Leadership, exploring four key aspects: first ‘The Roots of Story’, exploring how we are surrounded by them, secondly ‘Sheltering in Stories’, which … Continue reading

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