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.
There are two great ways you can participate:
Register for FREE, or
Receive timed access to all interviews + special gifts during the Summit. It's free!
Purchase the All-Access Pass
Take part in all participatory live events + access to all interviews, bonus materials & special gifts through 2018.
"If you want to change the world, change the story."
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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Week One Live Event
Join us for a highly participatory, cutting-edge story conversation on Saturday September 15. During the live event you'll have the opportunity to hear from our speaker, then break into a small group with colleagues from around the world to discuss the topic in more detail. This is where we build our community and our conversation in real time.
Our focus this week is on what happens when a personal story goes public. Or even further -- when it no longer belongs to you. Stay tuned to learn about our special guest.
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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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Week Two Live Events
Our second Live Event takes place on Saturday September 22 and focuses on how stories spread and change in the media. During the live event you'll have the opportunity to hear from our speaker, then break into a small group with colleagues from around the world to discuss the topic in more detail. This is where we build our community and our conversation in real time.
It seems like everyone has heard about the #metoo movement. We take a look at it from the perspective of storytelling. What happens when a media story breaks and takes on a life of its own? What happens to those on the ground doing work with people affected by that story?
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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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Week Three Live Event
Our final Live Event takes place on Saturday September 29 and this time we delve deeply into how to story the future. Our guest this week is Bayo Akomolafe, originally from Western Nigeria and now resident both in India and the world. A deep thinker, edge dancer, lyric writer, proud parent and passionate engager in life, Bayo will challenge how we see the present and story our future. He will help us to question the edges and what we say matters in order to tell a new story about life.
During the live event you'll have the opportunity to listen deeply, then break into a small group with colleagues from around the world to see where your thinking takes you. This is where we build our community and our conversation in real time.
Click the WEEK THREE LIVE EVENT ONLY button to join this event. If you choose the ALL-ACCESS PASS, you will automatically be able to join all our Live Events or view them later at your leisure.
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.
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.
"The business of stories is not enchantment. The business of stories is not escape. The business of stories is waking up."
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The world’s most inspiring and experienced practitioners of story and narrative-driven change
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.
September 10 - 30
Online, wherever you are!
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:
CONNECT WITH OTHERS IN THE FIELD. Find a community of practice around story all over the world. Meet new colleagues and mates.
BE STIMULATED BY NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT STORY & STORYWORK, Discover new ideas about what story can do.
DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE. Learn about new facets and new ideas of how to work with story. Meet the practitioners moving the edges.
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!
"Storytelling is the most powerful way to put ideas into the world.”
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:
- 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?
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.