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Evolving storylines to create your first journey

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2007
Filed in Strategy

Rick Davies, the creator of the Most Significant Change techniques, has posted a description of a story-based technique he experimented with that’s designed to help a group of people imagine a set of future possibilities or, as Rick puts it, when embarking on a project we need “… a theory of change, and a theory […]

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Etienne Wenger on Communities of Practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 31, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

I was having dinner with Etienne last week hosted by Bronwyn Stuckey—thanks Bron. I haven’t laughed so much for a long time. So it was nice to see Knowledge Labs post an interview and 7 video clips with Etienne. Here’s the blurb. Etienne Wenger is one of the founding fathers of Social Learning Theory and […]

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Ideas made to stick – a scene from West Wing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 30, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Made to Stick is one of my favourite books at the moment because it’s well written and well researched. And, you know what? the ideas stick. So I thought I would pass on this sticky story from Victoria Ward’s blog. It’s a scene from West Wing. In one of the episodes of the final series […]

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Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 29, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Just cleaning up my Bloglines and thought I would share some of the posts I was saving. Brad Hinton reflects on oral history and storytelling and points to some useful resources. Stephen Dubner (of Freakonomics) sharing Mark Twain’s view of work and play. If you have read Made to Stick, you might also like these […]

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The fragility of trust

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 25, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

A friend of mine is a lawyer, and a good one at that. Our families just spent a week together in Mossy Point on the New South Wales coast and, as you might expect, we told each other lots of stories helping everyone to catch up on one anothers’ lives. Today my friend, I will […]

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Architectures of control

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 24, 2007
Filed in Culture

Just discovered this interesting blog on how designers are using the built environment to control our behaviour. There is an interesting post on how a European airport cafe removed all the handy flight monitors in their vicinity so patrons would not sit in the cafe too long. They would get worried that they might have […]

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Collecting stories – the role of the imaginary person

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 23, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Aiden Choles has just posted a nice piece on how he used role play within an anecdote circle to collect stories. This is how it happened. He was starting to explore the prevalent myths in the organisation he’s working with when one of the participants mentioned change house cleaners. It turns out that at a […]

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Will Wright’s new game Spore and decision games

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2007
Filed in Communication

Have you ever played SimCity? I remember the first time I had a go at that game. It was 1990. I was amazed. Well, the creator of SimCity is getting ready to launch a new game called Spore which will enable players to evolve their own universes from a single cell organism right up to […]

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Steve Denning picks up on story-listening

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I was just reading Steve Denning’s latest newsletter and I noticed that he has picked up on the importance of story-listening in his latest book. He writes: Obviously, I’m a great fan of storytelling. And yet, I have to say, there’s also something basically wrong with the term, “storytelling”. If you take it literally, it […]

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Taking on new tasks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 20, 2007
Filed in Communication, Culture

A few posts ago I described how you can delegate tasks in a way that informs people with what they need to know to do a job in a complex world. Now let’s look at what you might do when taking on a new task, project, or assignment that has been delegated to you. What […]

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