SIO, Stories, and Organizations

As the whole of human history shows and storytellers have always known, stories are a wellspring of communal life. Stories inspire, support, and sustain all types of human communities. Think of the patriotic tales that stir the national soul or the traditional holiday stories recounted at family gatherings. Consider the ancestral sagas of tribes and …

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One More Question-The Importance of Listening to your Gut when you Network

By Julienne B. Ryan Have you had this experience? You’re at a business event and you’ve met a fellow attendee and have spent the last five minutes sharing the basics like your names, job titles and event-related comments. You think you’re doing a reasonable job of being appropriately engaging and inquisitive. You haven’t made any …

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Tell Your Family’s Story

By Anne Shimojima Of all the storytelling projects I’ve been involved with in the last thirty-plus years, none has been more meaningful, more revealing, or more personally satisfying than the story of my own family’s journey from Japan to the United States and their incarceration during World War II. But it was a surprising turn …

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Contributed Stories

Living in Paradise: A reflection from a story workshop with refugees in Australia. by Donna Jacobs Sife © When working with personal stories, it is the moment that I search for. Not a chronology of life experience which so easily becomes ‘and then…and then.. and then’ which doesn’t grip the heart, or even truly tell …

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Play with a Purpose

by Karen Chace ©2017 “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”  – Fred Rogers From the moment my students stepped into the room for the after school storytelling program, ‘after school’ being the operative words, I was …

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