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Storytelling Moral Survival System: Part 14 (suggestions)

Question Metrics Technology has evolved from practical magic to mind-blowing magic during my lifetime. While I am deeply grateful that my brain developed without the influence of personal computers, my entire working life progressed through the stages of rapid technological advancement in real time. In the early 1980s, I combed through five- inch thick stacks

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Annette Simmons

Storytelling Moral Survival System: part 12 (suggestions)

Art Your Heart into Storytelling I worry that people who promise to science the shit out of storytelling haven’t been doing it long enough to understand how linear reasoning can ruin the flow of the creative process. Wise mystics used stories precisely to capture life’s mysteries intact, so anyone who promises to de-mystify storytelling needs to

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Annette Simmons

Ten Games #10: Powerful Alliances

Powerful Alliances “Powerful alliances” is a territorial game humans have played from the beginning of time. But when people start treating friends and natural allies like bargaining chips to win a territorial game in ways that silence others – they cross a line.  It is human nature to cultivate connections with people who seek the

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Annette Simmons

Ten Games 8. Discrediting Game

Discrediting Game “He would sometimes use humor to put him down. He’d make comments like ‘Well let’s stay strategic here,’ and that implies that his comment was something less than strategic. We’d laugh, but you know, they were direct put downs.” “They would ridicule the sincerity of the fans of the new consultants. They would

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Annette Simmons

Ten Games People Play to Control Truth (4 of 10)

Camouflage Game (Wild Goose Chase) The new forms of this game have the potential to twist truth in ways that kill ideas that matter far more than just killing the research project described in the quote below: “Hal was there only as a sophisticated untracker in groups.  Untrackers get you going down the primrose path…you feel comfortable

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Annette Simmons

Ten Games People Play to Control Truth (2)

The Intimidation Game (2nd of ten): The transcribed stories from the original research still describe how intimidation games scare people away from a game player’s protected “territory:” All of a sudden he flared into a defensive kind of maneuver. He lapsed into another language…It was uncharacteristic of this guy. He turned crimson.  He was saying, ‘I made the decision.

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 8 of 8

We need a Magic School for Storytellers Thirty years before J. K. Rowling created Harry Potter, Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series imagined a magic school that taught apprentice sorcerers how to avoid abusing the power of magic. Le Guin points out early in the series that “even to light a candle is to cast a

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 7 of 8

Truth in Storytelling When I wrote the first edition of The Story Factor twenty years ago, I began with the idea that people don’t want more information. They want faith in you and your positive intentions. I never suspected that two decades later we’d be discussing an explosion of stories that intentionally undermine this faith. Without

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 6 of 8

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 5 of 8

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