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Story the Future
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The dominant narrative cannot hold.
It’s time for a new story.

Be informed, engaged & inspired at the Story the Future Online Summit.

WELCOME!  We are calling on practitioners, explorers and thought leaders from around the world who are working with story for positive change and bringing them into your office or home via online interviews.

Each week we feature a different theme, and each interview will offer a glimpse into a different facet of working with story. We will also host a weekly live interactive event you can be part of! You will meet people all over the world who want to make a difference with story and find yourself in conversations that matter.

 
 
 

Join us for the Story the Future Summit.

You can still participate!

Purchase the All-Access Pass

Access to all interviews, bonus materials, live event recordings & special gifts through 2018. 

 
 
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"If you want to change the world, change the story."

 

Summit Schedule

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Our Speakers

Join the world’s most inspiring and experienced practitioners of story and narrative-driven change.

 

Week One: Voices from the Field (September 10 - 16)

Learn from and with some of the world’s foremost practitioners in storytelling and storywork. With our Foundations offering, you will learn why telling a good story makes a difference and why storytelling is still the most powerful way to reach others. In the Story at Work circle you’ll gain new insights into the art of using story in the workplace for leadership, vision, direction, and success. With The Many Faces of Story you will learn how to capture, work with, and share stories.

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 Christina Baldwin

Christina Baldwin

 Mary Alice Arthur

Mary Alice Arthur

If you choose the ALL-ACCESS PASS, you will be able to view the recording of this event.

Week One Live Event

What Does it Take to be an Everyday Story Activist?

With Christina Baldwin + Mary Alice Arthur  / Hosted by David Hutchens & Amy Lenzo

Join us for a highly participatory, cutting-edge story conversation on Saturday September 15. We all know that something needs to change. Maybe that's in your own personal story.  Maybe there's a community issue, or maybe you want to aim even bigger. What is a Story Activist and what are the everyday acts that can start to make change?

Christina and Mary Alice  talk about the little -- and not so little -- things that make a big difference.  The inner -- and outer -- orientations and paradigm shifts the help you take back the power of your story. During this live event you'll have the opportunity engage with the questions on your heart and mind, then break into a small group with colleagues from around the world to take your conversation deeper. 

This is where we build our community and our conversation in real time.

Bonus Interviews

These interviews will only be available to ALL-ACCESS PASS Holders.

 

Week Two: On-the-Edge Practice (September 17 - 23)

This week you will learn from a group of practitioners taking story into a variety of realms. You’ll discover how story can support and enhance Diversity and break barriers. You will learn innovative practices for using Story at Work that help push the edges of the envelope. And you will take a deep look into the Inner Work of Story, hearing about how story shapes us from the inside out.

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 Patrick Reinsborough

Patrick Reinsborough

 Madelyn Blair

Madelyn Blair

 Mike Smith

Mike Smith

If you choose the ALL-ACCESS PASS, you will be able to view the recording of this Live Event.

Week Two Live Event

Navigating the Big Stories of Our Times

With Patrick Reinsborough, Madelyn Blair & Mike Smith / Hosted by David Hutchens & Amy Lenzo

Our second Live Event takes place on Saturday September 22. We'll be taking a look at what it takes to cultivate and hold on to your resilience in the face of change, how to manage the boundaries of your core story and much more. 

Our speakers will talk from their own experience of taking on big narratives -- Patrick on climate change, Mike on AIDS and Madelyn as a specialist on resilience. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and be in conversations with colleagues from around the world. This is where we deepen community field and practice story sharing.

This is where we build our community and our conversation in real time.

Bonus Interviews

These interviews will only be available to ALL-ACCESS PASS Holders.


Week Three: Story the Future (September 24 - 30)

One way to change the future is to change the story. In Changing the Story, you will learn from a global circle of inspiring guests who are actively working to shift the story in the places they live and work. You will explore another round of insights for Story at Work, this time through the lens of Story Activism and some fascinating insights into how you can story the future. And we’ll take a look at the bigger picture of how story is shaping our future and the critical time in between old and new stories from our speakers around Storying the Future. 

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If you choose the ALL-ACCESS PASS, you will be able to view the recording of this Live Event.

Week Three Live Event

What's the Future Story of Story?

With Bayo Akomolafe + others / Hosted by Mary Alice Arthur & Amy Lenzo

Our final Live Event takes place on Saturday September 29 and this time we delve deeply into how to story the future. It's time challenge how we see the present, to question the edges and what we say matters in order to tell a new story about life. Drew Dellinger is a poet, an activist and someone engaged in curating a planetary movement. Chené Swart stands on the foundation of narrative therapy to support and challenge us to re-author our future and our world. Bayo Akomolafe, originally from Western Nigeria and now resident in India.  He is a deep thinker, edge dancer, lyric writer, proud parent and passionate engager in life. We offer a conversation that is both fierce and tender, challenging and hopeful, inviting us to walk up to the edge and tell a story about what we see.

 

Bonus Interviews

These interviews will only be available to ALL-ACCESS PASS Holders.

 

Meet Your Hosts

Each week one of us will frame the theme of the week and accompany you in deepening the conversation. At the end of the week we will wrap up our time together with an overview summary, bringing you the highlights and insights we’ve gathered through engagement with our amazing speakers. Read more about us and why we’re excited about Story The Future below.

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Mary Alice Arthur

Mary Alice Arthur is a Story Activist, working around the world using Story to help make positive systemic shift and for applying collective intelligence to the critical issues of our times. 

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David Drake

Dr David Drake founded the field of narrative coaching and has taught coaching skills to over 15,000 leaders, managers and professionals in twenty countries.

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David Hutchens

David Hutchens has been exploring the intersection of narrative, leadership, and complex systems change for more than 20 years and is the author of “Circle of the 9 Muses.”

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Amy Lenzo

Amy Lenzo has been actively in hosting online engagements for over 20 years, working with some of the most influential writers, thinkers, and social entrepreneurs of our time.

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"The business of stories is not enchantment. The business of stories is not escape. The business of stories is waking up."

Martin Shaw

 
 

Why Story the Future?

Humans live in a world of stories. We use stories to make sense and meaning of the world. And in a very real sense, these stories create the reality we live in.

 
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Today it seems like our story is a dark one. 

You’ve probably seen it too: conflict and power imbalances everywhere. There seems to be an overwhelming amount of violence. We have toxic workplaces we don’t talk about. We are afraid of others who are different to us. We’re worried if there is “enough” to go around. What will be the world we leave for our children?

But does it have to be that way?


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All of us need to take responsibility.

If storytelling is a basic human gift, and the stories we tell are creating our future, then it’s up to us to become more aware and intentional about the stories we are telling and listening to, and the future we’re creating together.

It’s too important to leave to politicians, business leaders, and the world of the media and advertising to create for us.

Together, we create the story.


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Story the Future is a conversation.

It’s an inquiry. It’s an opportunity to look at what’s going wrong and our dreams of what could go right. It’s a campfire where we can come together and share what we think of the present, and tell stories about the future we want.

How do all of us -- as storytellers, story-lovers, and people who work with story -- increase our awareness and our agency?

Join us for the Story the Future Online Summit and find out.

 
 

Summit Details

WHAT
A free online summit filled with dialogue, inspiration, and ideas you can put to work right away to “story the future.” Dozens of sessions! The option of a subscription pass to watch all sessions at your leisure and attend all live sessions.

WHO
The world’s most inspiring and experienced practitioners of story and narrative-driven change

WHY
Because, as Yeats wrote in 1919, “the centre cannot hold.” We are in an age that demands a new dialogue, a new story, a new future.

WHEN
September 10 - 30

WHERE
Online, wherever you are!

COST
Free! Or buy the All-Access Pass for live events, bonus content, and ongoing access to all summit interviews, even after the event is over.

 
 

Learn more about how stories make real-world impact.  Deepen your practice.

Through participating in the Summit, you'll receive tools, perspectives, and ideas for stories and actions that really matter. Our vision is that everyone who joins the Story the Future tribe will experience: 

 
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Community

CONNECT WITH OTHERS IN THE FIELD. Find a community of practice around story all over the world. Meet new colleagues and mates. 

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Inspiration

BE STIMULATED BY NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT STORY & STORYWORK,  Discover new ideas about what story can do.

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Co-creation 

DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE. Learn about new facets and new ideas of how to work with story. Meet the practitioners moving the edges.

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Stewardship

HELP SHAPE THE CONVERSATION. The future needs many stories and many storytellers. Join the Story the Future tribe and add your voice!

 

Be part of the conversation!

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"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.”

ROBERT MCKEE

 
 
 

Why this Summit?  Why now?

The four of us have all been addicted to storytelling for as long as we can remember. We’ve known story as:

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  • a magnificent escape and a way to learn
  • a way to travel the world from home
  • a connector and an inspiration
  • a way to get people out of their heads and into conversation
  • a way to touch the heart and galvanise the hands. 

We’ve used stories with individuals and groups, in community and in the workplace, in person and online. We’ve created them, worked with them, encouraged them, coached with them and made our livelihood with them.

Along the way we found each other and began an ongoing inquiry about how story is working -- and being worked with -- in the world.  Together we felt it was time for a larger conversation among practitioners and story affectionados.

Some time ago we started to get concerned about the story around story. Then 2017 came along and we found ourselves in a world using terms like “alternative facts” and “fake news”. We could see that story was being used for influence, but to what end? When story is only being used as a tool or product, when people become simply passive consumers of story, then what? As we found this most-human capacity being manipulated to bring about division, we began to ask ourselves: What is the future story of story?

 
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As Yeats wrote in 1919, 'the centre cannot hold.' We are in an age that demands a new dialogue, a new story, a new future.

 

We could also see that there are so many story practitioners around the world now, but often people know very little about what others are doing. We wanted to connect the larger story community and create a space for inspiration, conversation, and co-learning. We wanted to offer a place where people working with and interested in story could connect with other like-minded change makers from all around the world. We decided to offer a three week online summit filled with dialogue, inspiration, and ideas we can all put to work right away to “story the future.” 

The Story The Future Summit was born.

 
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