Taking the Transition Challenge: Potluck and Storytelling

As part of the May 2013 Transition Challenge, facilitation workgroup is hosting a series of Thursday evening events!

This night we a having a potluck and storytelling event.

Stories bring strategies to life. They inspire us to take action and connect us to shared purpose. Hosting a conversation to share stories looks like a anecdote circle. We'll break bread together and we sit in a circle to share our stories.

This event is an opportunity to develop clear agreement about leadership for our initiative, so the stories that we will share will be about leadership in community, the good and the bad ones.

The evening of stories will be harvested for points of resonance and connection, for patterns we can identify, and eventually, we will pick a story that is the most significant one for developing our Transition culture. This will guide our leadership group going forward.

The event will be facilitated.

The event will be facilitated by the Resilience Hubs own Rachel Lyn Rumson. With more than ten years of  facilitation and process consulting experience, Rachel Lyn has been working professionally as a trainer and educator for over five years.

She has been called an animator due to the “life” that she brings to groups, actively engaging them in the work. Her masters thesis on regenerative systems combined with her study of Permaculture Design form a keystone of her practice. As systems thinker, Rachel Lyn embraces the complexity of each project and works to maximize the goals of her clients in business and in activism. She values learning processes and dialogue as vital components of each project and seeks to develop communities that intentionally create together.

Please join us for a story filled evening. Bring a dish to share and a potluck kits with utensils.



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  • Clay A.

    Other comments of his that I liked about what a good story communicates (From Frank O Stone):

    •Never lose heart and quit.
    •Dare not to conform (and thru you) change the world

    And, stories are great if they want to be retold.

    I briefly chatted with Frank after the meeting about what we are trying to do. He might be willing to help us out at some point on a pro bono basis.


    May 20, 2013

  • Clay A.

    I'll give more time specifically on the story material we generated. However, I first would like to add some general comments. I've had clients do a "narrative plan" because it helps pull together all the elements into a relational format. I also help organizations position themselves to their stakeholders/customers. Then, this last Friday, I heard Frank O Smith speak on the subject of "Story Craft" applied to positioning organizations. The following are some of his/my insights coming from that meeting that relate to what's a good story:

    • Someone is introduced who wants something (FOS)
    • You need a protagonist and an antagonist (FOS)
    • It's a journey (FOS)
    • Needs to emotionally resonate, memorable, authentic and fit the way we interpret our lives. (FOS) On this, I would add that we need to tap into people's pain and/or passion to grow and strengthen our effort.

    • FOS recommends: Find it, hone it, own it, tell it, connect and sell it (selling dreams). (To be continued)

    May 20, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Feeling thankful for all the stories... Leadership takes many forms. Leading by doing your thing and being invited to transform a community...to create...the unique artistic expression that inspires others like a bus, a topiary, a direct action.....the collective responce with a bunch of others. Flocking to a disaster to practice mutual aid, join together in a statement of opposition to a crisis of leadership....the leadership of listening, practicing a holding of self to recieve others as several did in our circle....a community response to change, researched, planful, forward thinking and decisive like moving a church gathering place in the suburbs and rooting on a marginal site...leading where you can with acceptance....So many stories....what did you capture?

    May 17, 2013

  • Bryan

    Sorry I won't see you all! I had a graduation commitment come up. Look forward to seeing everyone soon!

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    We have others RSVPing from the Allen Ave UU community who don't appear on the meet up. Its going to be fun!

    May 16, 2013

  • Clay A.

    With Guests

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • Clay A.

    Business meeting conflict

    May 13, 2013

  • Rachel L.

    Anyone know a graphic facilitator?

    May 8, 2013

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