gathers in Washington DC on the First Tuesday of every month at
are open to anyone interested in exploring and experiencing the
various aspects of storytelling/narrative and their uses in the
month, different member(s) of our community volunteers to lead an
Topics might include the demonstration of a technique, process,
exercise, or conceptual framework; the discussion of a story-related
theme; and of course, no session is complete without our share of
July 11, 2006
will host a meeting with the young leaders of the Washington-Ireland
thinking of taking a summer break in August.
September 12, 2006
A meeting with
October 3, 2006
Meet with an
Executive from the Office of Naval Research who will talk about
real business problems allowing GF members to discuss ways in which
story can be employed to tackle them.
our "official" program at 7:00pm.
There’s always a good number of people who come early, between 6:30
and 7:00pm, to eat together. People bring their own food and enjoy
each other’s company.
of attendance is $10 per person to cover room costs. There’s no
need to RSVP, just show up.
We currently meet in Quebec House, South Apartment
bldg in northwest Washington, DC , 2800 Quebec St., NW (just off
Connecticut Ave. It’s about five blocks south of the Van Ness area
and four blocks north of the zoo in Cleveland Park.)
Parking can be at a premium in my neighborhood so it is suggested
that people take metro if they can.
Take the Red Line to the Cleveland Park Metro Station.
Exit on the East Side of Connecticut Ave (After you’ve gone up the
escalators from the kiosk level of metro, you can go right or left
for escalators to the street. Go to the right. This puts you on
the east side of Connecticut Ave.)
When you reach the street you will be facing south. TURN AROUND
and head north. At the first corner–Connecticut Ave and Porter
St., NW–you will see an Exxon Gas Station (on the southeast corner.)
You will also see a large synagogue on your left.
Quebec Street is on the LEFT side of the synagogue and Porter Street
runs down a hill on the right side of the synagogue.
CROSS Porter Street and go right and you will end up on Quebec Street
and on the left side of the synagogue.
Walk past the synagogue and QUEBEC HOUSE SOUTH will be on your right
immediately after the synagogue (2800 Quebec St., NW) Walk down
the driveway (you’ll be going down a hill) to the entrance. Tell
the front desk that you are here for a private Golden Fleece event
in the Social Room on the Second Floor.
If you’re coming by car:
You can ask at the front desk for a parking pass that lets you park
either in front or behind (access from Porter St.) the bldg if there
are any open spaces (they fill up fast.) Otherwise it will be two-hour
street parking until 9:00 pm.
From 495 Beltway,
Take the Connecticut Ave exit going SOUTH on Connecticut Avenue
towards Chevy Chase and Washington, DC
Take Connecticut from the beltway into Washington, DC.
Turn LEFT on Porter Street (Porter is about 5 miles from the Beltway)
at the Exxon gas station and traffic light. (After you turn right
you’ll be facing a large synagogue.)
Take an IMMEDIATE left onto Quebec at the next traffic light–after
you turn onto Quebec you’ll be on the left side of the synagogue.
Quebec House South is just past the synagogue on the right side
of the street (the entrance is down a little hill.) The address
is 2800 Quebec St., NW. The phone number of the front desk is 202-686-2220
to join the listserv?
are two listservs.
One is the local
listserv for the Washington DC area, called
the GoldenFleece list. This is a list intended mainly for people
who live in or around the Washington D.C. area in the U.S.A., and
who would like to hook up with other storytelling practitioners
in the area. They meet once a month to discuss storytelling in organizations,
and you can join by (1) sending an email to:
(2) remembering to put "Subscribe
Goldn-Fleece" in the subject line. (Otherwise
your email may be blocked by spam filters or deleted.)
The other is
WorkingStories, the international
listserv for anyone in the world interested in organizational storytelling.
You subscribe to this list by going to
list should you join?
If you’re from outside the Washington DC area,
the more obvious choice is the Working
Stories listserv. If you sign up for the
Golden Fleece list, which is possible, you will get a fair bit of
traffic about meetings, parking, and so on, that may not be of very
much interest to you if you’re living on the other side of the planet.
Nevertheless, if you are from out of town, and you want to stay
in touch with the folks in Washington DC, feel free to join the
If on the other
hand, you’re in the Washington DC area,
you will certainly want to join
the Golden Fleece listserv, because this is how
you get notice of meetings and other relevant doings in the area.
But you may also want to join the Working
Stories list, so that you stay in touch with the various
global conversations that take place there.
Still have questions
about which list to join? Then send me an email, at email@example.com
and I’ll try to sort things out for you.
storytelling events in the DC area
Lantz: "What’s My Story & How do I tell it?" June
Baum: "A Land Twice Promised" June 17, 25, 2006
Baum: "Storytelling for Adults: Jun 14 – July 12
Denning: "Book discussion of The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling":
July 17, 20, 28, & August 3, 2006
Topics of GF meetings
sessions have covered:
- Stories of
and Appreciative Inquiry
- Future Stories
- Tapping the
Archetypal Power of Stories in Organizations
- The Hero’s
Journey Applied to the History of American Foreign Policy
Human Potential in Communities of Practice
Sharing Initiative Using Storytelling at NASA
a Culture of Conscious Storytelling in Orgs.
- Seven Highest
Value Forms of Org. Storytelling
Theory and Org. Narrative
- The Irish
the Use of Story in Knowledge Sharing
- Using the
Living Stories Process to Discover Our Stories of the Present
Storywise: An Introduction to Narrative Practice
and Our Work in the World
- The Marketing
Story of GoldenFleece
- Stories of
- Telling stories
at the United Nations
- Movies and
- Story, Comedy
- Story and
May 2, 2006
facilitated a session on "how to grow a storytelling business."
His draft paper on subject is available by clicking here.
An audio recording of the opening discussion is available here
November 1, 2005
M.Ed. shared how the Greek Muses can motivate imagination, innovation,
distinction and laughter in storytelling for organizations.This
myth inspired workshop will leave you feeling creatively fueled
– filled with new ideas to enhance story and performance in your
setting of choice.
Jill is Performance
Storyteller, Creativity Coach for storytellers, comediennes, writers
and artists, a nationally recognized workshop leader and international
author of The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard):
10 Guides to Creative Inspiration for Artists, Poets, Lovers and
Other Mortals Wanting to Live a Dazzling Existence – a book of a-musing
proportions. Jill teaches creativity coaching and creativity group
September 9th, 2005
Telling Your Professional Story Through Your Resume
Annabelle introduced a step-by-step process and practical guidelines
for telling your unique work story effectively and efficiently to
showcase your relevant and in-depth background and experience and
demonstrate that you have the right qualifications for a specific
position. Annabelle Reitman, Ed.D., is a career management consultant
with more than 30 years experience working with a diverse clientele.
In addition to High Level Resumes, her publications include Take
Charge of Your Career (ASTD Press, 2003). Annabelle writes career
management articles for web-based and print publications. She was
recently appointed as the first Coordinator for the American Career
Professionals Internationational’s online newsletter.
August 2, 2005
Emotional Magnetism – Storytelling for Business Results
with Sally and Ray Strackbein www.DefiningStory.com
An experiential Speakshop® – Discover your own stories to use
in presentations, conversations or on your website…What do websites
and presentations have in common?
They’re both deadly dull without stories! As we work with
our clients, they tell us their stories.
When they tell those stories in conversations or presentations,
the question changes from "How much will it cost?" to
"When can we start?". Stories create Emotional Magnetism
that answers the question, "So what?" Discover a new way
of storytelling. We gently coax stories out of you.
July 5th, 2005
The Irish invasion happened on Tuesday, July 5th. Our guests are
24 young, bright college students, here on an 8-week internship
with the Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP).
Our own Paul Costello, Director of this narrative-based program,
facilitated the evening of story telling and story listening. Check
out their Web Journals at www.wiprogram.org.