Websites/Organisations

A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.

John Lennon

I’m just setting this up now, so here is the beginning of a list which will be added to and elaborated on as I discover gems to share.

Brainpickings

One of my all-time favourite blogs on all things creative. There’s lots here about story and writing. As the site’s ‘brainchild’, Maria Popova describes it, Brain Pickings is a ‘human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.’ And it is.

Charter for Compassion

Karen Armstrong is one of my heroes. She’s an ex-nun who has published some extraordinary books on religion, and not just Christianity. She works hard to build bridges between religions and her Charter for Compassion is making a real difference in the world.

The Company of Common Sense

The diverse group of people (artists, educators, storytellers. . .) who belong to this organisation all have a ‘common aim to use the wisdom of self-development embedded in world tales as a springboard towards identifying and embracing the challenge of the new world narrative which the 21st century is offering us’.

The House of Stories

A wonderful website featuring stories told by story tellers from around the world.

Stories To Be

‘Stories to be works with individuals and teams to unlock the potential of their own story, to find the impetus for change and the help to sustain a new path.’

New Stories

An ‘educational organization serving as a resource center, creative collaboratory and project incubator in support of emerging new stories for who we are as humanity, what we are becoming, how we are changing and where we are going together.’

Goodreads

If you don’t know it already, Goodreads is a giant book club where you can join genre based book groups, give and take recommendations and rate the books you read. If you’re a published author you can create an author profile here too.   

My Story Doctor

Author, David Farland’s website and blog is, in his own words, ‘dedicated to helping you create strong, vibrant, and beautiful fiction.’ There are some really useful technical writing tips here.  

 

Scoop.it

This sites Story and Narrative category is regularly updated with articles and posts from a range of different sources. And needless to say, they’re all about story!

TedTalks: Ideas Worth Sharing

There’s an ongoing argument about whether TedTalks are useful or not, with some arguing that inspirational talks don’t actually create change. However, I’ve always enjoyed Ted Talks and the range of perspectives they offer. While not creating immediate change, inspirational talks can, and often do, plant the seeds of change. There are a number of excellent talks on writing and creativity which are definitely worth watching.