It is a much cited statistic that disengagement at work is at extraordinary levels - in Australia, according to Gallup, over 75% of the workforce is disengaged, worldwide it is 87%.Read More
I’ve had a long standing fantasy of living off the land, and when I finally arrived at age 42, living on 6 acres just outside Melbourne I thought I had made it.
The fact that I had three kids under 9, a partner who worked in the city full time and had no interest in or aptitude for the outdoors, let alone gardening or animal husbandry
Nothing can substitute for doing when it comes to many things and storytelling is one of them. As the absurd saying goes, it goes without saying that the best way of learning how to tell stories is to tell them; have a crack, put your name in the hat,Read More
There is a delicate gossamer line between the action in a story, and the resolution of the story, and it is in this shimmer that the art of story lies.
The resolution of a story usually contains the message of the story, because it is here that the tensions within the story are resolved, one way rather than the other. Some say a story should speak for itself, and the listener be left to draw their own conclusions.Read More
There is much speculation about the origins of storytelling. Many books, blogs, articles, research papers and it turns out, videos for the British National Trust, seek to make the case for the centrality and significance of storytelling to human development. No argument from me there.Read More
I once met a woman who had been lucky enough to be invited to a storytelling evening in Melbourne. She explained that it was a private event, people hand picked for a communal dinner, with each person given time to tell a story.Read More
This story is very adaptable. it can be stretched or shrunk, and I have used it as a teaching tool for facilitators, changing the main character into a facilitator and the ax into her purse.
There was once a farmer who couldn't find his axe. He suddenly saw the boy from across the road and he though 'he looks like a thief and walks like a thief. I'm sure he stole my axe.Read More
A great story for communities, mergers, and encouraging positive mindsets about other groups and people.
During the gold rush, on the road between Ballarat and Castlemaine a woman and her three daughters keep a shop. The store was really managed by the three daughters as the woman was old and didn't have much energy.Read More
An old woman moved in with her daughter, son in law and their 4 year old child. Times were tough and the couple were struggling to make ends meet. The old woman was messy and needy and they got frustrated with her. Finally one day she broke a plate and the son in law said 'Enough.'.Read More
I love values, the essence of beliefs underpinning our way of viewing and responding to the world. I love naming, working with, talking about, aspiring to and understanding ourselves and each other better through values. Yes, totally nerdy, intense and meaningful.Read More
This story is the one I told in the second of the video blogs. Here it is in case you missed it.
One Sunday morning hundreds, maybe thousands of starfish have been washed up on a beach. They are dying without water. Up on the path above the sea wall the local community stop and point and wonder how it happened.Read More
Nasrudin is a sort of wise fool from Middle Eastern folktale traditions. There are many Nasrudin stories. This is one of my favourites.
Nasrudin was outside his house one evening. He was on his hands and knees feeling and looking for something in the grass. A neighbour came along and asked if he'd lost something.Read More
This is the third and final video in this first series of story wise video blogs. in this video kate Lawrence shares how you can begin to find and remember wisdom stories that appeal to you, so you can use them on the fly or in a considered way in speeches and presentations.Read More
In this second video of the series of three, Kate Lawrence shows, with story of course, the power and impact of having a library of familiar wisdom and other stories to call upon when the moment arises. It is the practise of being a storytelling leader.Read More
This is the first Story Wise video blog, and the first in a series of 3 videos looking at how we can develop a storehouse of stories we know and can call upon in the moment to metaphorically illustrate a message.
in this video, Kate Lawrence from Story Wise tells the traditional story of The Archer to help us see how we might aspire to have stories at the ready, in our skill set, for leading, persuading, illustrating and simply sharing.
I have this belief, developed from years of meditating and telling stories, that there are two states of being: story and no story.
I’m not given to drawing on the Bible, but I have often pondered the first line of John ‘In the beginning was the word…’Read More
As a life member of the Victorian Women’s Football League, twenty years dreaming and waiting, brought tears of joy as I watched the AFL Women’s comp kick off. Seeing women play footy brought back many memories, and I know I have stories I need to birth from my nearly ten years playing, coaching or developing women's football.Read More
I really struggle in the social media circus. I struggle to wade through the stuff that doesn’t interest me to find the stuff that does, and I struggle to find the right things to say that will interest others and that will satisfy me.Read More
I was sitting down to write my 1000 words a day when, with perfect timing, my 18 year old son emerges from his bedroom. I stare at him until he smiles and says ‘Good Morning’ It is 10.30am on a Tuesday and he has two more Year 12 exams to sit, but none today.Read More
I was preparing a story for the Story Wise Woodend monthly storytelling night and the theme was Ancestors.
The question: How am I connected, affected and attached to the meaning and patterns in this story? is what makes the task meaningful to me. I was worried I would struggle to find any connection to life now.Read More