Articles/Essays/Talks

 The point of the essay is to change things.

Edward Tufte

This is an ever growing list and I welcome any suggestions for additions.

New Story Advocates

Charles Eisenstein is a champion of the gift economy and an advocate of the need to change our stories individually, culturally and globally, in order to ensure our survival and create a an equitable world that is sustainable on every level.  These essays (and his books) are worth reading.

The Space Between Stories

Hope of Despair?

Sacred Economics, Money, Gift and Society in the Age of Transition

A Circle of Gifts

How to Occupy the Noospherean intriguing Ted Talk by Ian Mackenzie, a film maker and activist who is devoted to identifying and promoting emerging human paradigms

Story and Creativity

The Shape of Story – a powerful blog piece by story activist, Mary Alice. This piece arose from the New Story Summit at Findhorn which I attended in October – a gathering of around 350 people from all over the world and from numerous walks of life, all of whom are seeking ways of creating positive change in society.

Your Elusive Creative Genius – A great talk by Elizabeth Gilbert , the author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of all Things.

Fear, Authenticity and Big Magic – A great interview with Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray Love and Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.

Where does Creativity Hide? – In an entertaining Ted Talk, novelist, Amy Tan ‘digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.’

The Politics of Story –  Elif Shafak on how stories help us empathise with others.

Tales of Passion – A great talk by Isabel Allende about passion, creativity and telling stories.

 Story Craft

For those of you who prefer to plan your stories ahead of time, the snowflake method might be useful.