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Edinburgh Stories

I’m not a critic, but I wanted to get my thoughts down on ‘paper’ about the fine work I’ve seen in the past few days. I came up to Edinburgh for the festival to see some venues, look at potential producing opportunities and storytelling collaborations. I found all that an more. I saw ten shows, and of those I enjoyed …

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The Dark Arts: Battling in the Story Wars

As we wake up today to the possibility of a UK outside of the European Union it’s interesting to consider how the stories each campaign told have impacted the results. The results were close and the vote for Leave is something many just didn’t see coming. So how did we get here? This isn’t a post about whether it’s right …

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Star Wars – The Force Awaiting

I’m a fan boy and my life is going to be hell until December 18. I’ve watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens on my feeds slowly fill with pictures, rumours and reveals about what’s to come. With the release of the final trailer this week the banks have burst, creating a flood of speculation and commentary as the anticipation swells …

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The Power of Stories

The business of story Stories are how people make sense of the world – they are the common mythology that links all of us. Story naturally connects with our emotions, fire the neurons in our brains and help us focus on the things that matter to us. Even the phrase ‘once upon a time’ triggers our storytelling mode. Why does …

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The Great British Bake Off: Just desserts and the power of story

Those of us in the UK are unlikely to have escaped the shocking and horrific incident on our televisions screens this week. I refer of course to #bingate, the event that plagued the Great British Bake Off on Wednesday night. High stakes, high drama! Well, not really… it’s a show about baking, but apparently us Brits get very upset when …

The Power of Story: The Chide of Frankenstein

A few weeks ago we held a storytelling workshop with our sister company Just Add Water. Twenty people from a variety of organisations joined us to celebrate World Storytelling Day. Over the coming weeks we’ll be sharing some of the crazy and marvellous stories the participants created. Here’s the first. Hope you enjoy… The Chide of Frankenstein Once upon a …

Commitment, Monsters and a letter from America (inc Improv lessons 4 & 5)

The last few weeks have been busy. Busy but incredibly exciting. We’ve been running a series of promotional events on storytelling, hosting a conference for HR and L&D Directors, travelling to NY for meetings and finishing off the improv course. 1. Commitment One of the most important lessons from the improv lessons 4 and 5 has to be the one …

The Digital Version is a GO!

So it’s all done, and here and ready! The digital version of Brand U: building a personal brand hits the web today!!! The print version will be available in the coming weeks, but for now the first digital publication from Grow the People Press is born! The book is all about building a personal brand. It’s interactive and it’s a …