3rd Act: Dr. Juliet Bruce–Transformational Storytelling.

Juliet Bruce, Ph.D.,  is helping people discover their legacies, and find more meaning, as they look at their lives through the lens of story, and specifically the Hero’s Journey framework.

For those of us who are aging, Juliet knows that even with its difficulties, aging can be viewed as another step in a heroic, transformational journey.

For twenty-five plus years, Juliet has been helping people understand how they live inside of stories- and can change those stories.

Combining her training in expressive arts therapy with her background in literature and journalism, Juliet has developed a unique way to work with individuals and groups. Her clients have ranged from trauma survivors, to members of our most marginalized populations, to those grappling with questions of life and aging.

Juliette holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Northwestern, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy and Transformational Education.

In the wake of 9/11/2001, she founded Arts for Life, a non-profit organization that sent trained teams of storytellers, visual artists, dancers, actors, musicians, and expressive therapists into public venues to facilitate healing programs. She also founded a program to help New York City first responders who were continuing to experience PTSD.

She is currently writing a book, which draws from her moving experiences bringing the world of myth and story to clients including her work within a maximum security prison for criminally insane men.

If you can help transform lives through storytelling in that environment – anything is possible.

 

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Highlights and quotes from the Show

How a cat helped Juliet start her own transformation.

“As soon as we begin to frame our experience as a story, as an adventure, everything changes, anything becomes possible, and we begin a transformational journey that leads up and out– ultimately to finding a gift or a strength in our circumstances and in ourselves that we can then share with other people.”

Transformation is the key to the journey – First, there’s a crisis, then a struggle, and finally, transformation.

“I wanted to use my writing to serve something good. I understood the power of story to change and  transform, not just individual lives but community lives. To create wholeness where there was a shattered experience. I’m always in awe of what happens in a group of people who are sharing their stories. Not their victim story, but their hero’s story–the story of how they did things right in difficult times in their lives, and how they found meaning in moments in their lives that changed their lives.”

How so many people are incarcerated by their own limitations or by life circumstances.

How a group of men in a maximum security prison went from feeling completely victimized to understanding that they were undergoing a rite of passage in their Hero’s Journey.

“The truth of the hero’s journey is found in the darkest parts of the soul.  The ‘all is lost’ moment is the moment before breakthrough.”

How aging, as we are confronted with our own dark night, has the power to be transformational.

Juliet on LEGACY STORIES

How Juliette works with legacy stories – asking story questions about what people want in their 3rd Act even as they face the limitations of life.

“Ask a person not to remember, not to talk in generalities, but to ask story questions about their lives. What was your wedding day like, tell me about your wedding day? Very specific scenes in their lives. What music played around the birth of your child? Get people into their senses, their sense memories and whole beautiful stories of decades emerge.

 

Using The Hero’s Journey paradigm people find that their lives were not a waste, in fact, they were very beautiful lives no matter how ordinary they were. They made choices that were the best choices they could make in the moment. They endured, they carried on, and they made it to this age. And now, faced with the frailties of the human body, and sometimes the mind, they still have great wisdom and a sense of continuity to share with younger people.”

How she is helping people, in their older years, reclaim their sense of adventure.

“You became a hero because you took the hard road. The Hero’s Journey is about someone transcending difficult circumstances and bringing it [what they learn] back to people, and serving people.”

How she asks people, “What are you doing to do with this gift?” “Who needs to hear your story?”

Why we need stories of people overcoming adversity. How Juliet works with people on the verge of deportation.

“Life wants to live and story supports life.”

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Website:      JulietteBruce.com

Coming this year: Juliette’s book:  A Write of Passage: A Storypath Home.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/livingstory

https://www.facebook.com/juliet.bruce

 

StoryPros: Jeffrey Davis—Shape/Write/Live Your Story

 

Jeffrey Davis is a writer, speaker, consultant, and author of four books. Through his firm and consultancy Tracking Wonder, he and his team work with creative innovators, entrepreneurs, and social psychologists to help people flourish in times of challenge and change. He lives with his wife and their two little girls in a farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Learn how Jeffrey works with “Business Artists:” writers, entrepreneurs, and creatives of all kinds to help them find and shape both their personal and brand stories.

 

 

 

 

 

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Highlights from the Show

Jeffrey shares his own journey from writer, to story coach, to story architect.

How Jeffrey’s philosophical background shapes the way he helps others to find their stories and their brands.

How the business artist, whether they are working within existing companies, or are creative entrepreneurs, or business owners share the qualities of:

  • willing to learn how to create, imagine and innovate like an artist
  • willing to learn how to experiment like a scientist
  • willing to learn how to earn like an entrepreneur

Why so many are turning to writing and personal writing in these turbulent times.

How having a sense of history and heritage can strengthen your practice and your story.

“Own your ideas. Own your authority. Own your point of view. Own your voice.”

“Stories can show us how to become deeply human.”

“Stories open up windows of possibility…at whatever stage of life we’re at.”

Why you need a daily practice when you’re on a quest, being stretched beyond your comfort zone.

How Jeffrey helps people who are on a quest to track on their paths.

How Jeffrey schedules and uses “Deep Dive Retreats” to fuel himself and his practice.

 

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More about Jeffrey:

JEFFREY DAVIS researches, interviews, and works with creative innovators, scientists, and social psychologists to discover how creatives flourish in times of challenge and change. He mentors authors, business artists, and thought leaders to excel in their field and make a difference with their ideas and art. Author of the groundbreaking book The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices As Muse for Authentic Writing (Penguin 2004; Monkfish Publishing, updated & revised ed., 2008), he writes online columns for Psychology Today and The Creativity Post. His essays, articles, short stories, and poems appear in publications around the world. He recently served as Fiction Editor for Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature.

He has taught and spoken at NPOs, organizations, universities, conferences, and leading centers in four countries.

The Show Notes

Learn more about Jeffrey at Tracking Wonder

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Read Jeffrey’s book Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices as Muse for Authentic Writing

Story Pros: David Hutchens–Creating knowledge through stories

screen-shot-2016-02-01-at-12-11-33-pm-e1454357592204-250x250David Hutchens, organizational story expert and best-selling author of Circle of the 9 Muses talks about how companies can create knowledge more effectively using stories that support learning and meaning-making.

In this interview, we build on our previous Vital Presence Interview #69  with David exploring how storytelling serves organizational learning.

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You can also find it on the Vital Presence podcast on Itunes, episode 81.

 

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Quotes from the interview:

“There’s a geography of meaning when a story is told, there is meaning all around that story. There’s the meaning that you bring with you. As the teller, there’s the meaning inside the story – the text – and then there’s the meaning that’s in front of the story [the connections that people draw from the story that get drawn out in dialogue.]”

From the Show

  • How we need stories for sense-making in a changing world that is becoming less predictable.
  • Why it can be useful to look for examples of positive deviance.
  • How to support your audience’s listening by giving them a job.
  • Why we need “question literacy”: –finding the questions that will lead us into to the future.
  • How to set up a strategic story session for knowledge creation.

About My Guest

David Hutchens is a bestselling author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. He served as chairman of Storytelling in Organizations, a special interest group of the globally renowned National Storytelling Network.

He speaks to organizations and leadership teams all around the world on the topic of storytelling as an organizational capacity.  His new book is “Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers,”  Wiley & Sons 2015

He is creator of the Learning Fables — a book series that uses narrative and metaphor to illustrate principles of organizational learning. With titles that include “Outlearning the Wolves” and “Shadows of the Neanderthal,” the popular business fables have sold more than a quarter-million copies in over a dozen languages.

He is author of the book “A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling,” which features a foreword by Stephen M.R. Covey.

In partnership with The Conference Board, he is creator and lead facilitator of The Team USA Leadership Experience, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs; and he also facilitates The Apollo Leadership Experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products, David’s work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development’s “Training Product of the Year” award; ASTD’s prestigious “Excellence in Practice” award; Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.

David’s newest product is “GO Team: Powering Teams to Perform,” a just-in-time team training resource. GO Team’s library of 18 team-related topics allows you to build your own learning agenda tailored to your team’s needs.

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David’s book: Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers

David’s website:   www.davidhutchens.com

Story Pros: Vanessa Chase Lockshin–The storytelling nonprofit

 

 

Vanessa Chase Lockshin is an international non-profit consultant, thought leader, trainer, and speaker. She’s part of the next generation of professionals bringing change to the non-profit sector and challenging conventions. Vanessa is President of The Storytelling Non-Profit, and author of The Storytelling Non-Profit: A practical guide to telling stories that raise money and awareness. To date, Vanessa has helped non-profits raise over $10 million. She is also a board member at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre.

 

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Highlights from the Show

  • The importance of relationship in long term donor relationship.
  • Why story is a critical part of the nonprofit toolset – to bring communications alive.
  • Using data without data dumping.
  • Looking for different stories: stories of impact; stories of donors.
  • Stories can communicate values and beliefs — we provide social proof to others like them.
  • The difference between testimonials from donors and stories?
  • Clarifying the basic emotion we want people to feel, Why inspiration works more than pity.
  • Making sure that we keep the dignity and respect in a story that we are telling for someone else.
  • The importance of conveying urgency or readiness for action,  be able to answer the question, “Why give now?”
  • Know why the community needs a program–and then build around that in sharing why we need it now.
  • Create a culture of storytelling and create a team effort.
  • Considering the double edges of social media.
  • The role of videos.
  • How to leverage your content.
  • Why conflict is needed in a story.
  • The real hero of a fundraising story is the donor.
  • How to build empathy with the clients.

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Learn more about Vanessa’s work at www.thestorytellingnonprofit.com

 

Story Pros: Cynthia Kurtz—Finding the narratives

In a world where so many get their start in business storytelling through branding and marketing, Cynthia Kurtz followed a different route in: through science and through work at IBM research. She has pioneered a field she calls Participative Narrative, blending participative story work with action research in organizations.  She’s written an amazingly useful guide to participatory story work, called Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization.

Highlights from the show

  • What is participatory narrative.
  • How Cynthia came into the field from a background in science.
  • How she’s been applying the process in organizations, and coaching others to do the same.
  • What not to do when you ask for stories.
  • How to combine story-seeking approaches and encourage participation.
  • Why you shouldn’t ask people to “tell you a story.”
  • Why story listening is critical and how you can improve yours.

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About my guest

Cynthia F. Kurtz is a researcher, software developer, consultant, and writer who has been helping communities and organizations work with their stories since 1999. Originally an ethologist, Cynthia discovered the field of organizational narrative at IBM Research, where she conducted research projects to help IBM develop internal and client services centered around organizational stories. She built on that work at IBM’s Institute for Knowledge Management and at the consulting firm Cognitive Edge before launching her independent consultancy in 2009. She has consulted on over eighty narrative projects for a variety of clients in government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. In 2008 she self-published the first edition of her textbook,  Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization. Now in its third edition, the book is widely considered a vital resource for participatory story work. Cynthia lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.

The Show Notes

Check out:Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization or read learn more about Cynthia and read  excerpts here: www.workingwithstories.org/

You can also learn more about participatory narrative at PNI.org.

 

 

Story Pros: Nick Owen—How Metaphor and Story Transform Leadership

 

Nick Owen is passionate about leadership and storytelling.He is author of three best-selling books on story and metaphor and deeply engaged in promoting the concept of ‘the Third Act’: how we can more pro-actively engage with ourselves and our communities in the last third of our lives.

We talk about the power of metaphor and stories for leaders today, especially in times of transition.

 

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Highlights from the Show

  • How story can put someone into a trance that helps them become more awake.
  • How Nick used theatre to help people in disadvantaged communities in Tanzania develop their own stories.
  • How organizations can engage more of the regular people who work and want to contribute by listening to them.
  • How asking executives for their stories helped transform how an executive team worked together.
  • Helping leaders shift from report-telling to story-telling.
  • An example of an executive using her own stories and metaphors.
  • “Stories are how we make meaning of everything in our lives. How we communicate what we think we understand.”
  • The power of metaphor.
  • The importance of relevancy.
  • Challenging the myths that are detrimentally shaping our world.
  • We can work on story in three domains: myself, others, and the community/organization/wider world.
  • “A good story is the start of a deep inquiry.”
  • The contribution of theatrical training can make to communication and telling stories.
  • “Storytelling and leadership are performance arts and they need to be embodied.”

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More about Nick

Nick Owen is passionate about bringing skillful people together to create transformational learning events that deliver effective, long-term change. He has been supporting people, communities, and organizations to envisage and create their ‘stories’ for over 30 years. He has worked with senior executives and managers in some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, and with some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. He brings a unique combination of experience to bear: the discipline of the arts: as actor, theatre director, writer and storyteller; the discipline of many years working in L & D with corporate organizations and educational institutions; and the physical and mental discipline of elite level sport. He is author of three best-selling books on story and metaphor and deeply engaged in promoting the concept of ‘the Third Act’: how we can more pro-actively engage with ourselves and our communities in the last third of our lives.

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Learn more about Nick at www.nickowen.net and also through his work at www.amara.fi 

 

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