Posts tagged: conversation

Purpose & Passion: 3 Stories

Jon FunabikiIn our summer newsletter, Jill Blair framed TWI’s theory of change as dialogue + connection + relationships= impact.How to capture that equation in compelling and creative ways is an ongoing question for TWI – as it is for many who participate in gatherings that open up spaces for meaningful conversation and connection.

Jon Funabiki, Renaissance Journalism’s Executive Director admirably meets that challenge with his recent postsabout “Purpose and Passion,” a storytelling retreat for journalists– and that TWI was pleased to support. I urge you to read all three.

In his first post, Jon provides a thoughtful overview of what transpired and some of the people involved. His second explores the metaphor of …   Read more

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Find Your Tribe: The “Who” of Leading Change

By CJ CallenOriginally posted at:“who”-leading-changeRecently I found myself chatting with someone with roots in philanthropy about my current effort to lead my organization in a process of re-imagining our future to increase our social impact. That person provided her insights and support; she recognized that my “big idea” for my organization sounded like it built on our organization’s history and strengths. She also understood that I was doing this as a process of co-creation involving all our stakeholders.Time flew by because I did not need to explain all my terms and she had no defenses up or agendas hidden. She told me to “Find your tribe!” so that I can …   Read more

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TPOWS: Media As Mediation

By Evelyn Messinger There has been a flurry of attempts lately to connect the two political movements of our time, Tea Party and Occupy. As a television news producer who often works to expand participatory democracy, this one hits my sweet spot: it’s newsworthy, it’s dialogue, and the way the media report it will really matter. The Tea Party burst on the scene in 2009, and Occupy Wall Street in 2011. On a superficial level, their rallies look surprisingly similar: compare this typical Tea Party event in Medford, Oregon; and an Occupy protests in the same place two years later. Journalists …   Read more

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Occupy Wall Street: Is the Medium as Important as the Message?

By Matt Leighninger & Bruce L. MalloryAs practitioners and students of deliberative democracy for more than a decade, we are intrigued by the tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and by the contrast between these methods and the traditional ways in which governments try to engage citizens. Media commentators speculate on whether the Occupiers will achieve their policy goals; maybe we should all be more focused on the equitable, participatory, ways in which those goals are being developed.Whether one agrees with the ideological content of the OWS movement or not, this unfolding example of civil discourse, respectful exchange of ideas, small-group facilitated dialogue, and listening …   Read more

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The Story of Story

By Pia InfanteThere were several key messages John shared from the Conversation with Van Jones hosted by NCG yesterday. One, lifted from a comparison of the 99% movement to the rise of the Tea Party, is that the 99% movement will only succeed if it seeks the best for the 100%, not by propelling another divisive “Us vs. Them” narrative. Another is that the power of story to capture imagination, to educate, and to catalyze action continues to demonstrate time over time that data does not instigate change, and people’s stories do. A compelling example of the power (and story) of Story is Annie Leanard’s …   Read more

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