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Riders on the Storm is a network of facilitators, consultants and other professionals who ride the storms of their clients, their businesses and their personal life. This collection provides resources on co-creation, collaboration and resilience
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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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Intriguing information about how storytelling affects the brain and makes it easier to remember things and make distinctions between the story and our experience.

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Rick Garza's curator insight, July 28, 9:19 AM

There is nothing new under the sun. But that doesn't mean we can learn what our forefathers in sales new se well.  Stories get you farther than facts.

LocalMark's curator insight, July 28, 11:02 AM

Every brand tells a story.

 

According to this study, our brains like stories more than facts. 

 

So give the people what they want: a good story. 

M. W. Catlin's curator insight, July 29, 10:09 AM

I've been talking about these ideas in my workshops for quite a while now.  We are hardwired for story.  It's one, if not a significant reason for our "success" as a species.  It's also one of the incredible frustrations of our times.   That science and facts yield the field to the fiction of prevarication and conspiracy is a tragedy.  

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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it

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Reminds me that 'competitive advantage' by its nature involves doing something differently to other businesses in the same area. Therefore strategic leaders also need to be doing something that is different. Problem is of course as soon as you have nailed it down, then it is available to all and no longer a competitive advantage. However these tips will keep you ahead of the game at least for a while.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 20, 2013 11:04 AM

Think about your role as a librarian and aim to develop these habits.  It will keep us on the cutting edge of transformation.

ASPEL Editor's curator insight, January 14, 5:01 AM

Often times we are faced with the temptation to reach for a fast (and potentially wrongheaded) solution. However, a good strategic leader holds steady, synthesizing information from many sources before developing a viewpoint. If your leader lacks some level of peripheral vision, it can leave your company vulnerable to rivals who detect and act on ambiguous signals. We need strategic leaders who will foster open dialogue, build trust and engage key stakeholders, especially when views diverge. Find out how to become the strategic leader your company needs!

 

 

Molly McClure [molly@fremontconsulting.com]'s curator insight, April 4, 1:24 PM

We have several strategy consultants available in Canada and the US. Sales and strategic management dashboards. Sales accounts analysis; where to focus your sales efforts and glean revenue generating sales behaviors. Reach out to me at molly at fremontconsulting dot com

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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious - Wired Science | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it

It’s a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he might know the answer. According to Koch, consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. All animals, from humans on down to earthworms, are conscious; even the internet could be. That’s just the way the universe works.

“The electric charge of an electron doesn’t arise out of more elemental properties. It simply has a charge,” says Koch. “Likewise, I argue that we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”


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Great to find a leading scientist - Christof Koch - consider other animals have consciousness and even considering complex systems may also have consciousness.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:49 PM

Do we live in a universe where, for reasons we don’t understand, quantum physics simply is the reigning explanation?

Clement Boye's curator insight, November 14, 2013 4:43 PM

quelle beauté cette complexitén infini beauté

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Speakers

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Margaret Wheatley opens Riders on the Storm International Summit in International Facilitation Week

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Finding Middle Ground ~ 3 Steps to Creating Consensus & Connection | Vince Gowmon

Finding Middle Ground ~ 3 Steps to Creating Consensus & Connection | Vince Gowmon | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Finding Middle Ground ~ 3 Steps to Creating Consensus & Connection ~@VinceGowmon http://t.co/OAQ9aT94JE #collaboration #conflictresolution
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Steps can usefully be turned into a facilitation approach - also very useful for co-facilitation and working together.

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Survey of GPs in the UK revealing high levels of stress

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The 8 Best Meditation Apps For Unwinding -- On The Go!

The 8 Best Meditation Apps For Unwinding -- On The Go! | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
In our non-stop contemporary lives, it helps when mindfulness can be practiced on-the-go. Fortunately, you don't have to carve out a full 30 minutes, twice a day to feel the benefits of cultivating mindfulness through a regular meditation routine.
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10 Rules for Visual Storytelling

10 Rules for Visual Storytelling | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
For some people, "visual storytelling" means photographs. For others, it means film or video. An epic movie such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy may spring to mind -- and few would disagree with t...
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Excellent advice on visual storytelling whether you're a journalist or facilitator.

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11 Keys to Writing a Book when You Have Absolutely No Time to Write a Book

11 Keys to Writing a Book when You Have Absolutely No Time to Write a Book | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Here are 11 key steps to follow for writing and publishing a book — even if you don't think you have the time to do either.

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Necessity of Folklore & Stories--For Biz Folks Too!

Necessity of Folklore & Stories--For Biz Folks Too! | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Rafe Martin is a professional storyteller and award-winning author of books for adults and children.

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Karen Dietz's comment, September 7, 2013 11:28 AM
Glad you found value in the post David! I think there are many lessons buried in here for businesses to take to heart.
Carol Sherriff's comment, September 7, 2013 11:49 AM
A great article and thanks to Karen for scooping it. When I am facilitating business projects its amazing how often Robin Hood (partly because my surname's Sherriff), King Arthur all the folklore comes to life - and heaven forbid if you don't know the different lore in England, Scotland and Wales. And yet this is a subject very hard to talk about in business.
Karen Dietz's comment, September 7, 2013 1:07 PM
My pleasure Carol and I agree about knowing the Robin Hood folklore! It can get tricky. I think it is very cool how folklore makes it into your client work because of your last name :)
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LAICS Annual Summit Visual Tools

CO-CREATION JOURNEYFOR THE DANISH POLICE AND CO.CO-CREATION JOURNEYUNIVERSALPRINCIPLESGive stakeholders asense of controlIdentifyopportunitiesEnvisionpossibilit
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World Water Week: Competitors Must Collaborate on Water Risk Management - Triple Pundit

World Water Week: Competitors Must Collaborate on Water Risk Management - Triple Pundit | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Triple Pundit World Water Week: Competitors Must Collaborate on Water Risk Management Triple Pundit World Water Week is well underway, and as thousands of experts, decision-makers and professionals descend on Stockholm to collaborate on pressing...
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Need for collaboration to solve world problems

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Academic representations of crowdsourcing, co-creation and open innovation

Academic representations of crowdsourcing, co-creation and open innovation | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it

As part of my work as a PhD student, I read lots of papers about open innovation and/or participative marketing. These papers are highly interesting but, I must admit, sometimes a little repelling with huge chunks of texts, references and citations. Visualizations of the described phenomena are greatly helpful to understand some of this information...


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Flemming Binderup Gammelgaard's curator insight, September 6, 2013 7:37 AM

Blog post with lots of interesting visualizations of crowdsourcing, co-creation and open innovation 

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Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension - Association for Psychological Science

Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension - Association for Psychological Science | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
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Writing long hand on flipcharts may help groups with long term comprehension - now there's a thought

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Leadership and the Paradox of Pain

Leadership and the Paradox of Pain | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
“Lincoln’s story confounds those who see depression as a collection of symptoms to be eliminated. But it resonates with those who see suffering as a potential catalyst of emotional growth.

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Useful reminder that depression can be experienced as a breakdown in your sense of self and purpose and that finding a true purpose can help you deal with depression and make substantial shifts in your life.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:14 AM

Well worth reading!

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Events - International Facilitation Week

Events - International Facilitation Week | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
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Details of all the events being held for International Facilitation Week including the Riders on the Storm international summit.

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6 Ways Small Businesses Can Band Together for Better Results

6 Ways Small Businesses Can Band Together for Better Results | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
There’s a classic children’s book, Swimmy, where a school of little fish team up and swim as one big fish to avoid being eaten. I often read this story at bedtime to my children...
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Carol Sherriff's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:22 PM

A US article but also applicable to UK small businesses

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7 Things Fear has Stolen from You

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Practical Tips for Productive Living

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Good insight on how you can manage fear

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John Michel's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:28 AM

Although fear can feel overwhelming, and defeats more people than any other force in the world, it’s not as powerful as it seems.  Fear is only as deep as your mind allows.  You are still in control.  The key is to acknowledge your fear and directly address it.  You must step right up and confront it face to face.  This tactic robs fear of its power, instead of fear robbing YOU of…


David Hain's curator insight, September 20, 2013 11:27 AM

We only have 4 basic feelingsto dwal with from birth - mad, sad, glad and scared. Good article on managing the one that doesn't rhyme!

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Neuroscience Applications for Human Capital

Neuroscience Applications for Human Capital | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Right now, we all are embarking on a great adventure. We are discovering how the brain really works by watching it in the very act of cognition.
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A selection of articles on the implications of neuroscience for learning and development
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Just Story It - Storytelling Resources

Just Story It - Storytelling Resources | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Business storytelling resources & How To Tips to help you refine your storytelling skills.
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Excellent resources for storytelling in organisations by www.juststoryit.com

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TEDxRainier - Patti Dobrowolski - Draw Your Future

A nationally acclaimed comic performer, high-performance business consultant, speaker, strategic illustrator and newly minted author, Patti Dobrowolski spend...

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A really engaging TEDx on the power of drawing - a good technique you could use with a group.

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Beyond Hearing: Importance of Ongoing Dialogue [Storytelling] w/ Customers

Beyond Hearing: Importance of Ongoing Dialogue [Storytelling] w/ Customers | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
I tend not to take business advice from rockers, let alone ones with a past, shall we say, as checkered as Led Zeppelin, but their 1969, B-side hit “Communications Breakdown” has some worthwhile tidbits beyond Robert Plant coping with...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 30, 2013 4:15 PM

What a great article this is that is all about listening, continuous conversation, and storytelling. Written by Vick Vaishnavi, it goes way beyond what other posts on listening cover. Yeah!


I like that the author distinguishes between hearing and listening in customer relationships -- and what listening to customers really looks like as a business activity that moves the organization forward. 


The quality of your listening with customers, the quality of your ongoing dialogue, will determine how fast you will grow, but also your ability to be sustainable. Ultimately what Vaishnavi is talking about is having dialogue and storytelling as a core competence.


Now in fairness, he never mentions storytelling. But it makes total sense that when in dialogue with customers you want to consciously evoke stories so you can understand their authentic experiences.


And as the author points out, dialogue is a two-way street just like storytelling is. That means shifting your interactions with customers from a "I'll listen to you and take your info back to the org" to "I'll listen to your experience and share in return."


The author does not mention exactly what to say in these customer interactions but here we can take some steps from the storytelling playbook:

  1. use a story prompt to actually evoke an experience
  2. listen delightedly/appreciatively
  3. ask reflective questions to get to meaning ("what did you take away from that experience? what did that mean to you? tell me about the impact this had on you..., etc.)
  4. Share all the things you appreciate about what the customer told you
  5. Depending on the context, you might even have an opportunity to share an experience in return


Listening, dialogue, storytelling -- these will all bring great benefits to your business!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content Just Story It at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Carol Sherriff's comment, September 7, 2013 11:53 AM
Great article and great comments - also demonstrates the power of a story hook to get you to read something. He had me a Led Zeppelin!
Karen Dietz's comment, September 7, 2013 1:04 PM
Yes, Led Zeppelin did the trick for me too, Carol! Many thanks for your comment.
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Carol Sherriff's curator insight, September 7, 2013 10:00 AM

Interesting article by one of the authors of the Power of Co-Creation

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Moving Towards True Collaboration: Synergizing Our Strengths - National Geographic

Moving Towards True Collaboration: Synergizing Our Strengths - National Geographic | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
National Geographic Moving Towards True Collaboration: Synergizing Our Strengths National Geographic This year, the guiding theme of World Water Week is “Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships.” Throughout the week, sessions have ranged from...
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Importance of reframing stereotypes of others to aid collaboration

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David Hain's curator insight, September 6, 2013 10:44 AM

And getting rid of the baggage!

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Wilson Sherriff Co-creation checklist.pdf

Wilson Sherriff Co-creation checklist.pdf | Riders on the Storm | Scoop.it
Shared with Dropbox (RT @CarolESherriff: Wilson Sherriff's co-creation checklist - top tips for #facilitators and #consultants http://t.co/Ba7RILqGzG)...
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Advice for facilitators adn consultants on how to manage successful co-creation

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