John Hagel: dropping story in favor of narrative is dangerous advice

By Limor Shiponi Referring to ‘The Untapped Potential of Corporate Narratives’. Narratives exist. We know they exist because of story. In the absence of story, there is nothing that helps us discern narratives and we can’t tap into them. Story, or better – stories, point at connectivity. They are sense-making devices, and what elicits a response in humans, keeping us …

Good morning class – today we’re going to play Nazis

By Limor Shiponi Update, April 15th 2013 For now, the teacher is placed on leave. If it’s a temporary step that will help everybody cool down and start thinking, that’s ok. If she is on her way out and by that people think ‘matter solved’ – it’s the wrong thought. I don’t think severe actions are the Jewish way on …

Italo Calvino | Narratives

By Limor Shiponi Commenting on what’s important in a tale, Peter Fruhmann mentioned ‘Invisible Cities‘ by Italo Calvino, creating the opportunity to re-write an old post I’ve deleted from this blog long ago. It’s an exercise aiming at answering the question: can any story happen to anyone, anywhere? Find the book, read through, and then pick one city. Ask the …

Storytelling | being committed to the event

By Limor Shiponi Pulse: I’ve read only half of Rapunzel, didn’t do anything with it, and I’ve practiced the Gorky story. “Can you tell me whatever you have from ‘Rapunzel’?” G reported about the plot shortly, using a mish-mash of popular psychology and emotional kitsch. I repeated his ‘version’ to him. “What do you think – am I, the listener, …

Deeper into the narrative

By Limor Shiponi We opened the session with a “pulse check”, meaning – I wanted to know about ideas arriving during the week, reflections or anything else that might be relevant to the process. Reading and listening opened up a new set of pictures for me. They are different than what I had in mind before. I can see the …

Storytelling Brain-Gym | Limor Shiponi

By Limor Shiponi There’s this book about a boy who received a book about a place in the real world which he enters (the boy in the book who received the book) is search of a legendary creature. I’m going to tell the story about that boy (the boy in the book who received the book) to a group of …

An ‘in story’ experience that helpes me with storyteller’s block

By Limor Shiponi I have this ‘big’ story, or signature story as we call it. I’ve been around and into it for nine years now and although audience members and the people around me are very excited about my performance – I’m not satisfied and therefore refrain from telling it all over the place as ‘expected’. The truth is that …

In search of a storytelling grid | Part I

By Limor Shiponi This search is going to take several posts to complete and I hope it provokes a good conversation. The idea: to create a frame of reference for many story-work forms that represent truly good intentions and work, while helping everybody realize what part of storytelling they are actually referring to. I also intend to clear some misconceptions …

Two word worlds

By Limor Shiponi Today is Yom Hazikaron in Israel. Meaning – Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day – 22,867 soldiers and 2,443 civilians. There are many events happening, many ways to commemorate them, the cemeteries are full of living people who have come to visit the dead, many of them soldiers around twenty years old. The sirens …

Gaza Tel-Aviv Olympic Games 2020

By Limor Shiponi The video contains the potential of a story not yet told. We believe it is possible. The more people who will support this idea, the more likely it is to happen. It has not yet been decided who will host the Olympic games 2020. Help us by spreading this video far and wide. Who is ‘us’? us. Anybody ready to suspend …