Category Archives for Stories


Dealing with your slaves and seeing the world

In a complex and interconnected world it is hard to be an activist against things.  One of the easiest ways that your opponents can neutralize your opposition to things like oil and slavery is to say “we” you depend on … Continue reading

25. January 2014 by Chris Corrigan
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Hahopa rising

  Yesterday was wonderful.  We spent the whole day around a fire on MacKenzie Beach listening to three stories and reflecting back what we learned.  Pawa’s father Moy and uncle Tim both told stories of growing up in a traditional … Continue reading

16. October 2013 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Hosting, Community, First Nations, Leadership, Learning, Stories | 1 comment

Collective story harvesting

In the Art of Hosting community over the past two years a group of practitioners have developed a tool called the Collective Story Harvest. I’ve used it several times and it’s a powerful and useful way to rapidly learn from … Continue reading

11. September 2012 by Chris Corrigan
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Just about the most fun you can have getting paid

SItting here with Geoff Brown and Steven Wright at the World Indigenous Housing Conference here in Vancouver.  We are on the back end of what has been a terrific gig. We were hired by the Aboriginal Housing Management Association of … Continue reading

14. June 2012 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Harvesting, Collaboration, Design, Facilitation, First Nations, Stories, World Cafe | 5 comments

Working with Cynefin to find questions

  Working with a client tonight who is beginning a process of trying to find some questions for moving forward.  The client is a group of churches who are exploring how they might collaborate to undertake their joint mission together. … Continue reading

24. November 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Design, Stories | 3 comments

Power and listening

A great quote from a post by Mark Simon: The more power you have, the more people will lis ten respectfully to your story. Consequently, listening to some one’s story is a way of empowering them, of validat ing their … Continue reading

19. August 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Design, Stories | 2 comments

Why culture matters

Yesterday I had a chance to grab lunch with Dave Pollard in our local coffee shop on Bowen Island. One of the things we talked about was the supremacy of analysis in the world and why that is a problem … Continue reading

17. May 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Art of Harvesting, BC, Design, Emergence, Facilitation, First Nations, Leadership, Stories | 4 comments

Simple instructions for building a question

I am preparing some questions tonight for an exercise I am running, and I rediscovered this elegant and simple process for constructing questions that elicit stories, courtesy of the Ultimate Guide to Anecdote Circles. Build the question. People remember events … Continue reading

07. February 2011 by Chris Corrigan
Categories: Facilitation, Stories | 1 comment

A better metaphor for American debate

Stories that run deep within a culture arise out of the basic and unquestioned metaphors and archetypes that provide the foundation for a culture.  This is true in all kinds of communities, including nation-states and villages, organizations and families.  You … Continue reading

06. September 2010 by Chris Corrigan
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The danger of a single story

Chimamanda Adichie explains in a beautiful talk about how we construct single stories about people and cultures.  This happens all the time with indigenous communities.  People often hear one native person say something and attribute that quote or idea to … Continue reading

27. August 2010 by Chris Corrigan
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