Change the Story Transform the Future© – Part I

Posted on August 31, 2017 by David Blumenkrantz

part1-083117Humans are curious creatures. We organize our perceptions of the world through stories to explain mysteries and help us feel safe and secure. Story making comes from our natural inclination to have an internal dialogue with ourselves that narrate our experiences in the world. We creatively imagine our selves in relationships in ways that provide meaning and make distinctions between the sacred and the profane. Just because we create a story to help us understand and explain a mystery doesn’t mean we get it right. When we get the story wrong at the level of public policy for social justice, economics and the environment it can be devastating for us as a species, the rest of our planet and all of our relations. (more…)

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An Old Story for Our Time: The Rattlesnake and A Little Boy1

Posted on August 22, 2017 by David Blumenkrantz

A little boy was walking down a path and he came across an old rattlesnake. 

The snake asked, "Please little boy, can you take me to the top of the mountain? I hope to see the sunset one last time before I die." 

The little boy answered "No Mr. Rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you'll bite me and I'll die." 

The rattlesnake said, "No, I promise. I won't bite you. Just please take me up to the mountain." 

The little boy thought about it and finally picked up that rattlesnake and took it close to his chest and carried it up to the top of the mountain.  (more…)

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