GoldenFleece gathers in Washington DC on the First Tuesday of every month at 7:00PM.

These sessions are open to anyone interested in exploring and experiencing the various aspects of storytelling/narrative and their uses in the workplace.

We welcome newcomers heartily.

Each month, different member(s) of our community volunteers to lead an interactive session.

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 engaged storytelling.

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday July 11, 2006

Paul Costello will host a meeting with the young leaders of the Washington-Ireland program.

August 2006

Actually, we’re thinking of taking a summer break in August.

Tuesday September 12, 2006

A meeting with Denise Lee.

Tuesday 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.

We start 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.

Cost 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.)

Here are directions:
Parking can be at a premium in my neighborhood so it is suggested that people take metro if they can.
Metro Directions:
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

Want to join the listserv?

Actually, there 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:

and (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 this page.

Which 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 GoldenFleece list.

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 and I’ll try to sort things out for you.

Other storytelling events in the DC area
Gerry Lantz: "What’s My Story & How do I tell it?" June 14-15, 2006
Noa Baum: "A Land Twice Promised" June 17, 25, 2006
Noa Baum: "Storytelling for Adults: Jun 14 – July 12
Steve Denning: "Book discussion of The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling": July 17, 20, 28, & August 3, 2006

Previous Topics of GF meetings

Past sessions have covered:

  • Stories of Our Beginnings
  • Leadership Stories
  • Storytelling 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
  • Activating Human Potential in Communities of Practice
  • Knowledge Sharing Initiative Using Storytelling at NASA
  • Creating a Culture of Conscious Storytelling in Orgs.
  • Seven Highest Value Forms of Org. Storytelling
  • Complexity Theory and Org. Narrative
  • The Irish Story
  • Exploring the Use of Story in Knowledge Sharing
  • Using the Living Stories Process to Discover Our Stories of the Present
  • Becoming Storywise: An Introduction to Narrative Practice
  • Storytelling and Our Work in the World
  • Storytelling and Mindfulness
  • The Marketing Story of GoldenFleece
  • Stories of Uncomfortableness
  • Telling stories at the United Nations
  • Movies and Story
  • Story, Comedy and Humor
  • Story and Improv

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Steve Denning 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 (MOV-10megs).

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Jill Badonsky, 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 facilitation.

Tuesday, 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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2005

Emotional Magnetism – Storytelling for Business Results

with Sally and Ray Strackbein
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.

Tuesday, 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






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