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Marsha Dunn
Monday, June 13, 2016
Series Summary
Storytelling is much more than a gimmick, a buzzword, or a flash in the pan. Stories so structure our reality that it makes sense to say, we exist in a narrative universe. At least these are the contentions explored in this series. We’ve mined insights from multiple disciplines and brought disparate worlds into conversation. Along the way we’ve cast a light upon the multi-faceted ways that stories of individuals (“this is my story”) interact most fruitfully with the overarching... More
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Marsha Dunn with Matt Saiia
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Final Reflections
As part of each blog series, Collective Next’s CEO, Matt Saiia, and I have a standing bi-weekly call to dig deep into the topic at hand—in this case, “The Narrative Universe.” Our discussions incorporate ideas from relevant readings, podcasts, blog interviews, client interactions, and the stuff of daily life. We wish to close out each series by sharing the substance of these conversations. Metaphors are rather bad-ass linguistic do-dads. At least that’s one way to distill a recurring... More
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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Topical Reading
Below is the eight installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In this series we explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—through stories, myths, and narratives.Stop #1: Philadelphia. Every year over a million people stand in front of this 2080 pound, cracked, silent bell – a bell that hasn’t rung since George Washington’s birthday in 1846. Some considered it less than melodic even then. Viewed objectively, it’s not a great bell.... More
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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Topical Listening
This is the seventh installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In this series we explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—through stories, myths and narratives.A few weeks ago I witnessed ten acts of bravery, experienced ten instances of human connection, shared ten inspiring moments. I was at my first live Moth Radio event. I was watching—listening—as everyday people took the stage, stood alone—save for a microphone and some nerve... More
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Marsha Dunn with Geoff Amidei
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Interview
Below is the fifth installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In this series we explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—through stories, myths and narratives.There is much talk of stories and storytelling these days. Sometimes it sounds as if there’s nothing that stories can’t accomplish in an organizational context. But we know it’s not that simple. The age-old adage that “change is hard” remains, well, unchanged. So in this... More
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Marsha Dunn
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Interview
“We all have stories, we all have voices, and they all deserve to be heard”– Robert X Fogerty, Founder Dear WorldAs our current series explores the Narrative Universe, we wanted to look at the work of Dear World, a unique organization dedicated to the power of personal storytelling. Below is an interview with Executive Producer, Jonah Evans in which he describes their distinctive approach of enlisting the human body and portraiture in the storytelling process.MD: At Dear World, you say... More
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Mason Smith and Gordon Eby
Monday, March 7, 2016
Case Study
Collective Next recently designed and facilitated a two-day collaborative design session for UP Education Network, which we explore in the following case study. This is the fourth installment of our series The Narrative Universe. Enter the ProtagonistIn late fall of last year, 44 individuals representing the UP Academies of Boston, Dorchester, Holland, Kennedy, Leonard, and Oliver gathered in a downtown office. They sat intently watching videos of over a dozen of their students... More
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Marsha Dunn with Dave Rutley and Renee Piazza
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Read / Dialogue / Apply
Below is the third installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In the coming weeks, we will explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—through stories, myths and narratives. Solution Designers Dave Rutley and Renee Piazza are champions of the role of storytelling in organizational change. I spoke with them about the power of narrative and the provocative claims in Jonathan Gottschall’s recent book, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories... More
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Interview
Below is the second installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In the coming weeks, we will explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—through stories, myths and narratives. “This is your brain on…Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen” - That’s one way to sum up the scholarship of Elaine Auyoung, professor of literature at the University of Minnesota. Another way is to say that she uses cognitive theory to understand... More
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Think Piece
With the piece below we introduce a multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In the coming months, we will explore how we humans construct our world, even our professional world through stories, myths and narratives.Virtual reality is nothing new. It’s as old as the hills, and almost as old as our opposable thumbs. Tens of thousands of years before the advent of Occulus Rift and Google Cardboard, we homo sapiens developed a capacity and predilection for entering into a state... More