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April 10, 2005

Story Tech I: Police in Pakistan

It is the year 2015 and I am living in Pakistan and working as a senior law enforcement officer for the police department.

A public policy issue affecting development in Pakistan of importance to me is: police accountability.

There have been tremendous development advances in this area in the last ten years. Please describe the situation as though you were in the year 2015 looking backward to 2005. What happened? The civil society has grown stronger. Watch dog groups have emerged as a force to be reckoned with, which resulted in the community's partipation in matters relating to police accountability.

Innovative uses of technology have made a significant contribution to success in this area. As you look back over the past 10 years, from 2015 to 1005, what were the innovative uses of technology that helped to achieve this success?

Because of the free civil society, the media, legislature, non-governmental control emerged, resulting in better accountability of police. This all happened because of the institutionalized participation of community in police matters, especially those relating to discipline.

Describe the barriers that had to be overcome regarding the implementation of these technologies. What were the key practical barriers, such as: infrastructure, policy, capacity to obtain financing, the knowledge base, installation, training, and maintaining the technologies?

Introductuion of police resource which made police politically neutral, democratically controlled and answerable to public. Previously it was a para-military force answerable to government in power, not the community.

How did you overcome these barriers? The complete system of police was overhauled through reforms, which focused on making police politically neutral, democratically controlled, and answerable to the public.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:15 AM

StoryTech I: A City Mayor in Tunisia

It is the year 2015 and I am living in Tunisia and working as a city mayor.

A public policy issue affecting development in Tunisia of importance to me is: the government decided to invest big money in public transportation and "soft modes" rather than roads.

There have been tremendous development advances in this area in the last ten years. Please describe the situation as though you were in the year 2015 looking backward to 2005. What happened? In 2005, they stopped building big interchanges right downtown and began thinking about sustainability of mobility.

Innovative uses of technology have made a significant contribution to success in this area. As you look back over the past 10 years, from 2015 to 1005, what were the innovative uses of technology that helped to achieve this success?

1. Implementation of intelligent systems helped improve the productivity and attractiveness of public transortation.

2. Innovation in mind thinking often is more important than "technology."

Describe the barriers that had to be overcome regarding the implementation of these technologies. What were the key practical barriers, such as: infrastructure, policy, capacity to obtain financing, the knowledge base, installation, training, and maintaining the technologies?

* Barriers are more political than technical.
*To prevent being driven in vicious circles.
* The economy should be robust which means with the capacity of creating wealth. Then it can overcome problems.

How did you overcome these barriers? We invested in marketing.

Posted by chri1010 at 1:05 AM

April 9, 2005

What's Your Vision?

Before starting StoryTech 2, take a moment to consider your own vision.

What's your vision?

--For your country or region?

--For humanity?

--For yourself and your family?

--For all of the above, combined?

Please feel free to post your own vision here, under the comments section.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:17 AM

StoryTech 2

HHH FELLOWS STORYTECH SCENARIO II – REGIONAL FOCUS

Download this StoryTech as a WORD document. Please feel free to post your own StoryTech under the Comments link below.

Collaborations across sectors and between countries were essential to achieving the successes you’ve described in your region.
Describe these collaborations. How did they contribute to your success?
Collaboration #1: _________________________________________________
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Successful because: ______________________________________________
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Collaboration #2: _________________________________________________
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Successful because: ______________________________________________
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Collaboration #3: _________________________________________________
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Successful because: _____________________________________________
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What were the barriers to procurement, implementation, and adaptation that were overcome?
Procurement: _________________________________________________
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Implementation: _______________________________________________
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Adaptation: ___________________________________________________
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How did leaders in your region demonstrate help to overcome these barriers?
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What was your own leadership role in demonstrating how to overcome these barriers?
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Posted by chri1010 at 10:12 AM

Beyond Schooling Powerpoint

Beyond Schooling

Posted by chri1010 at 8:58 AM

April 8, 2005

Environment and Sustainable Development Group Summary

What types of technology were employed?

Data sharing technology
Chemical engineering
Urban forestry/urban planning (road engineering/materials, sensors)
Vehicle alternatives (fuel, materials, electric, + Biotech)

Power (sun, generators, hydroponics)

Economic model advancements (rebalance with natural resource values)

Energy efficient electric artifacts

BIOTECH (General)

Precision application farming
on farm water quality monitoring
renewable energy (cold fusion, wind, etc)
intelligent transport systems
marketing innovation (social)/use of media
in-field time released chemicals

Increased efficiency + complex sustainability + balance

What fields were represented?

Enivonmental sustainability
Poverty
Public Transport (urban)
Global warming (CO2)
Water Quality
Natural resources (crisis)
Energy
Air pollution (urban vehile

What barriers to implementation were encountered?

Lack of expertise/resources/political conservativism/attitudes [values]
current definitions of success
Lack of funding
Entrenched interests (economic/ political/ideological)
Intertia
Assimilation of information

How were the barriers overcome?

Articulation of need for change. Resistance to change

Bringing stakeholders together + dissemination (sharing outcomes)

Awareness

Developing appropriate chemical priniciples

Skyrocketing energy prices, unemployment, drop in incomin in devloped countries

Wider publich participation and development

Thanks to George Kubik for faciliating the discussion and transcribing the group summary.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:21 PM

Democracy and Civic Engagement Group Summary

Download the Democracy and Civic Engagement Group Summary here.

Democracy and Civil Engagement Group


1. What types of technology were employed?

 Information systems and training
 e-government (law, licences, taxes)
 Information systems of libraries
 Liberalisation, more access to internet

2. What fields were represented?

 Government services (civil service, judiciary, etc.)
 Libraries, universities
 Judiciary
 Schools
 Private sector, Non-profits
 The media

3. What barriers to implementation were encountered?

 Bribery or Gift-giving? Nepotism, cover-ups
 Psychological barriers
 Fear of technology, especially by the older generation
 Red tape – lack of clear procedures
 Older generation vs. younger generation (gen. gap)
 Imposed lack of education (lack of access)
 Lack of access to financial resources

4. How were the barriers overcome?

 Strict enforcement of rules and laws regarding conflict of interest
 Public awareness through media – effective media
 Determination of the new generation – willingness to make changes
 Protection of whistle-blowers
 Training of auditors, accountants to spot corruption
 Leadership committed to fighting corruption

Thanks to Christine Swanson for facilitating the group and to Shehryar Sarwar for transcribing group notes.


Posted by chri1010 at 10:55 PM

Education Group Summary

What types of technology were employed?

Virtual libraries
Virtual reality (to envision fields to increase "bang for buck")
Webcam
Move to cost-effective travel options (e.g. pr campaigns)

What fields were represented?

Higher education--workforce develop access
--international student numbers

International NGO--girls education

Teacher at secondary school (technical) in SSA

What barriers to implementation were encountered?

--increased competition
--reliabiilty of education services
--accessibility
--credibility of providers
--connecting action to technology
--getting information out there through technology
--insufficient resources, malfunctioning system
--maintenance to infrastructure

--power (etc, etc)
financial resources (capacity building)
--understanding (acceptance of technology)
(social traditions, e.g. girls)
--shortage of technicians, teachers

How were the barriers to implementation overcome?

--updating regulations and policies
--increased capacity of institutions to adapt
--privacy concerns, such as sharing data
--concern about viability of outcomes

Needs assessments, etc, workforce-ready skills, customized curriculum --> technolgoy a solution?

--access through satellites (global communication at lower costs)
--energy sources attained

Minister of Education in SSA (Horn of Africa)
Consultant in Thai Ministry of Education to strengthen business, healthcare education (linkages)

tools to address the cost of access

access to information aided the reduction of some barriers, fostered creativity, etc.

nationwide investments in teacher education (student centered approach)

--introduced solar power
--provided mobile phones, internet
--radio/tv education programing (domestic programming and international)
training of technicians & teachers about technology

Thanks to Holly Emert for faciliating the group and for transcribing the group notes.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:50 PM

Human Rights Group Summary

Human Rights Group Summary – Friday April 8, 2005

Download the Human Rights Group Summary here.


Types of technology
Communications hardware and software
Telecommunications
Cell phones
Computers and CDs (to substitute for books)
Online classes and discussions

Fields Represented
Access to education for women
Access to higher education
Access to information
National policy

Barriers to Implementation
Religious institutions (especially attitudes towards women)
Legal systems (hard to change)
Lack of education
Lack of financial resources
Resistance to change in standard-setting organizations (e.g. World Bank and IMF)
Attitudes
Difficulty of convincing governments to support and fund
Need for infrastructure
Need for Training

Overcoming of Barriers
Women as vehicle of implementation (e.g. microprojects where they rent out cell phone time)
Legal system could facilitate (if changed)
Develop national planning
Move from national to global focus for analysis – distribute national reports worldwide.

Thanks to Renata Fitzpatrick for faciliating the group and for transcribing the notes.

Posted by chri1010 at 10:00 PM

Health Group Summary

Download the Health Group Summary here.

HHH StoryTech HEALTH

Areas Represented

Education consulting
health Informatics professor
Policy makers

Technology

Vaccines
Wireless / Laptops
For education and cetification of local health care workers
For assessment and diagnosis
A distributed medical assessment, sensing, monitoring, health management information system.
Storytelling
Vending Machines

Barriers

Infrastructure
Belief Systems / Attitudes / Conflict
Money
Governance / Control
Vaccine development

Overcome Barriers
increase buy in, adoption and availability by using gains realized in preventing full onset of medical conditions

Established a Vision
Engaged key constituencies
Anonymity through design
Collaborate
Be inclusive
Developed local innovations to fund some local work, e.g. water purification
Joint partnerships and federated approaches between government and organizations.

Training of everyone in the initial organizing groups into the thechnologies and in turn they train another group of people and so on especially at the local level

Thanks to Susan Goette for faciliating and transcribing notes.

Posted by chri1010 at 4:01 PM

Law and Justice Summary

The Law and Justice group summary can be downloaded The Law and Justice group summary here.

LAW AND JUSTICE

What types of technology were employed?

(1) Increased telephone (cellular) and personal computer and access to Internet

i. Village cell and computer cooperative with hotline to link for help
ii. Cities offering free wireless connection to everyone
iii. Using the computer as cell phone to get rid of cost (I.E. SKYPE)

(2) Improved in Health care systems
* Cheaper medicine and drugs and treatments
(3) Decreased Environmental Equipment polluting air, water, and land
(4) Improved Transportation and Roads to decrease congestion and have lower tolls

2. What fields were present?

(1) Transportation/Civil Servant (Brazil) – PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
(2) Mayor (Argentina) – POLITICIAN
(3) Senior Law Enforcement Officer in Private Sector (Pakistan) – CIVIL RIGHTS
(4) Advisor of Development organization in National or International org. (Bangladesh or other country) - HR ACTIVIST
(5) Project Manager for NGO in Environmental Protection (Australia)
(6) Appellate Court Judge (Sierre Leone) - LEGAL/CIVIL

3. What barriers to implementation were encountered?
(1) Paramilitary force
(2) Funding
(3) Corruption of Courts
(4) Access to information and training
(5) Environmental Pollution
(6) High human rights violations and lack of confidence in legal, political, economic, and social systems


4. How were the barriers overcome?

(1) Improved distribution of wealth by revisiting
(2) Developed leadership skills through training to use phone and computers
(3) Improved access to credits and grant for technology access (women access to telephone and computer) to improve business skills
(4) Established exchange conversation between judges
(5) Educated and sensitized judges and law enforcement to change attitudes
(6) Connected cars via a satellite which regulated congestion, so traffic jams will be non-existent and tolls were lower.

Posted by chri1010 at 3:15 PM

Notes from Gerald Barney's presentation

Gerald Barney was here to give us a “Demonstration of Threshold 21 Decision-Making Software.” He emphasized the importance to develop new tools/models which are not from the donor organizations. He noted that Threshold 21 is such a tool. The demonstration itself can be found on the web at the Threshold 21 site.

He discussed the changing context of development by mentioning several recent and upcoming events:

Millenium Development Goals, Millenium Project

Rome High-Level Forum on Harmonization

Monterey Conference on Financing for Development

Johannesburg Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development


Challenges:

1. Long-term holistic vision and strategy

2. Country ownership

3. Country-led partnership

4. Focus on development results

analytical tools use in development planning [he presented a visual model on overhead--we hope to make this available on the blog!]

-- vision: “the dream drives the action”

-- develop alternative strategies to ‘get there’

-- apply a tool to the information

-- iterative process of re-trying options

“Monitoring and evaluation” are new emphasis of donors.


1. integrate systems, 25-year outlook

2. practical, transparent, transferable

3. Donors and MDGs are involved

4. Time-bound projections of results

Analytical tools

Mental models

Accounting models

Economic models – CGE (Computable General Equilibrium)

Integrated, dynamic models – like T21 – which include all of the above interrelatedly.
[He presented T21 Overview Diagram--this model was a primary focus of his presentation, and we'll post it here when it becomes available]

“feedback loops become very important”
-- positive – exponential growth (such as simple bank account growth)
-- negative – regulatory equilibrium effects (such as a thermostat)
[He presented several feedback loops and demonstrated the interrelations among and integration of factors]

He credited Carter Center’s support in development of Threshold 21 software.

He showed examples of application of tool – Population Sector, Industry Sector.
The tool includes equations and pictures, to lend itself well to accuracy and ease of presentation to stakeholders.

Data

Baseline Simulation and Historical Data

“What if” simulations
-- He demonstrated application of tool to Mozambique regarding economic policies
-- He noted the ways that one could modify projections based on new data points
-- Causal Tracing – can look back to the inputs to the variables that are used in the projections

Data collection is a challenge – use country’s own data or international data

Many partner organizations

www.threshold.com

Questions from the audience:
1. Cost to countries/interested parties to use model?
Barney’s Answer: Training, customization of model to situation, etc = $250,000 to $300,000
2. Calibrate assumptions between/among variables quantitatively?
B: Did not specify, but qualified that they have experience of 20+ years
3. What is the degree of accuracy, weaknesses, Ghana situation?
B: He noted that he is not establishing absolute accuracy, but that it allows for insights about interactions of factors; also, guides decision-making about options; he suggested that it can clarify if a decision makes things better or makes things worse
B. Ghana work was funded by a U.S. foundation, not completed due to initial hesitation by donors; second effort was in response to limitations of Sacks’ models to test country of Ghana – he offered some perspectives on the issues that application addressed
4. Application to drinking water crisis of some developing countries?
B: difficulty of disaggregating water issues; includes inflow and outflow dynamics and allows for national scaling but not particular parts of country. He referenced applications of tool to Tunisia water issue and China agriculture.
5. How does tool account for non-economic, community-based issues?
B: Information needs to include consequences of issues – and people in those situations need to inform the tool of these consequences.
6. Is the goal to offer scenarios or to offer specific data to identify decisions?
B. Means of testing the reality/viability of priorities, and clarify which ones seem to have some basis for further pursuit/donor
7. Atwood’s comment: Historical frustration of difficulty to observe synergies among elements, and difficulties with people offering sector-based advice. He noted that he sees the benefit to policymakers as well as people within sectors.

(Thanks to Christopher Rogers for taking such great notes!)

Posted by chri1010 at 11:46 AM

Notes from Dean Atwood's Presentation

Dean J. Brian Atwood made remarks about the 25 years of history of the Humphrey Fellows program, and all of the Fellows’ contributions to their nations in their work. Frances is currently writing a book about the program.

Dean Atwood raised the issue that orientation to the future is inherent in American cultural values. Similarly, Americans also value the use of technology as a tool to overcome problems.

He talked about optimism as “creating an ability to look into the future”.

He discussed an“overview of the development challenge” – all countries need to have this purpose, in overcoming problems.

Northwest Area Foundation and Humphrey are forming a partnership
addressing “rural poverty” in an 8-state region is a new initiative for Humphrey
visioning overall concept before launching projects.

He detailed many high statuses and important work of the current Fellows
He mentioned his own view that the U.S. ought to offer more funding toward foreign aid, and demonstrated that the current priorities are out of order yet offered that there seems to be a shift toward attention, motivated by “the terrorist threat.”

“We need to look at countries from a development perspective” unlike the IMF at times.

Focus of this presentation: “The role your societies [governments and people] should play in development.” He emphasized the need for self-determined involvement in addressing the problems and referred to “working together in partnership."

In stressing not “foreign aid” but “development cooperation” and distribution of wealth issues he cited a number of new efforts throughout the world.

“If we don’t have peace, we can’t have development.”

Advice for countries about development challenges:

1. “don’t ever become dependent on foreign aid”
don’t chase external support based on what it is perceived that donors/funders will offer or expect; determine development strategies from within based on contextual needs

2. “the first priority should be your most precious commodity: your people”
education & health care
includes education of girls

3. “work on the institutional and legal framework” that will support democratic change
create microeconomic systems to support development and entrepreneurship
transparency and efficiency in capital markets – attract domestic and foreign
investment – equity investment resisting exploitation of “hot capital”

4. “understand your comparative advantage” and develop “competitive advantage”
consider the possibilities of competing with First world markets

5. “provide a regulatory framework” that will attend to both incentives and competition

6. “remember always the seven forms of capital” (Fairbanks)
natural endowments
financial resources
humanly-made capital (includes infrastructure)
institutional capital (includes effective legal system)
knowledge – production of intellectual property
human – through education
cultural – compete globally and reduce corruption

Dean Atwood ended with inspirational words about individuals effecting change in home countries citing Robert Kennedy’s “Day of Affirmation” speech in apartheid South Africa to emphasize the immpact of individuals forming collaborations and making change.

(Thanks to Christopher Rogers for your notes!)

Posted by chri1010 at 11:19 AM

New to the Blog: Video clips!

We're pleased to announce that we will able to include short video clips from the symposium speakers. These clips will be posted to the blog as the symposium unfolds. Due to the size of the file, we'll only be able to offer short clips, and the quality is somewhat limited. Enjoy!

If you are interested in other video formats that might become available, please send an inquiry to IFP@hhh.umn.edu


Dean Atwood's Welcome

Dr. Barney's Introduction

More information on Dr. Barney's Threshold 21 software, which he demonstrated today, can be found on the Threshold 21 website.

Posted by chri1010 at 9:20 AM

Symposium Goals

Participants of the symposium, after having participated in the plenary sessions and the StoryTech scenario planning, will have:

• Enhanced their understanding of the complexity of the challenges
and opportunities that face those working in international
development

• Increased their understanding of new and emerging technologies
and the possible applications for those technologies

• Gained an understanding of the power and utility of decision-making
software on complex development issues

• Developed an understanding for StoryTech scenario planning, how
and when it may be an effective tool

• Generated their own StoryTechs with a vision for how to apply
emerging technology to their own development context

• Engaged in global conversations about development issues that
concern them

• Developed networks of professionals across sectors and regions

Posted by chri1010 at 1:22 AM

StoryTech Scenario 1

HHH Fellows StoryTech Scenario I
(Download as a Word document)

Please click on the comments link at the end of the StoryTech to post your own StoryTech. Include your country and sector (see the list of sectors in the post following this one).

Thank you for your contributions!


It is the year 2015 and you are living in ___________________________
(country) and working as a ____________________________ (position)
for _________________________ (name of organization).

A public policy issue affecting development in your country of importance to you is: ___________________________________________________

There have been tremendous development advancements in this area in the last ten years. Please describe the situation as though you were in the year 2015 looking backward to 2005. What happened?
______________________________________________________________
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Innovative uses of technology have made a significant contribution to success in this issue area. As you look back over the past 10 years, from 2015 to 2005, what were the innovative uses of technology that helped to achieve this success?
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Describe the barriers that had to be overcome regarding the implementation of these technologies. What were the key practical barriers, such as: infrastructure, policy, capacity to obtain financing, the knowledge base, installation, training, and maintaining the technologies?
________________________________________________________________
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How did you overcome these barriers?
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Posted by chri1010 at 12:08 AM

Introduction to the Symposium StoryTechs

Introduction to HHH StoryTech Scenarios
(can also be downloaded as a Word Document)

The first scenario will be by sectors identified by the Humphrey Fellows. The sectors are:

 Education
 Environment and sustainable development
 Finance
 Governance, democracy and civic engagement, ethics
 Health
 Human rights
 Law and justice

The second scenario will be by geographic regions identified by the Humphrey Fellows. The regions are:

 East Asia
 Europe and Central Asia
 Latin American and Caribbean
 Middle East and Northern Africa
 North America
 South and Southeast Asia
 Sub Saharan Africa

Posted by chri1010 at 12:00 AM

April 7, 2005

The Symposium is Starting!

Dear Symposium Participants,

Welcome to the first Humphrey Fellowship Global Symposium! We are excited for the next two days together, and we look forward to your contributions.

There have been many updates to our symposium blog in the last few days. Most notably, the Recommended Readings have been updated to include the reference works of our symposium presenters as well as the notes from their speeches as they have become available.

Here is an overview of the symposium process:

Steps for remote participation:

Step 1: Visit the symposium weblog http://blog.lib.umn.edu/chri1010/symposium/and the
symposium website www.hhh.umn.edu/innovationstrategies.

Step 2: Register as a remote symposium participant at IFP@hhh.umn.edu if you haven't already. This is not required, but recommended as we can then ensure you receive all the advance reading materials for the symposium.

Step 3: Read the symposium materials. A description of StoryTech scenario planning is already available. Speaker notes will be available shortly before the symposium. The first StoryTech will be posted or emailed to you in advance.

Step 4: Post your response to the first StoryTech by 12:00noon CST (central standard time)

Step 5: Review the small group summaries and add your comments (between 5:00pm April 8 and 10:00am cst April 9)

Step 6: Post your response to the second StoryTech by 10:00am cst April 9

Step 7: Review the small group summaries and add your comments (summaries will be available by 3:00pm cst)

Step 8: Check back with the weblog after the conference to see what steps have been taken for continuing the dialogue

Very shortly, we will be posting the first StoryTech, which all participants will be completing on Friday. To familiarize yourself with the process, you may want to read "About StoryTech" and "Say "Hello" to StoryTech," which is a powerpoint presentation.

After you have completed your StoryTech, we ask you to post it on the blog along with your country and sector affiliation (please choose from the following list: education, healthcare, democracy and civic engagement, law and justice, environment and sustainable development, human rights, and finance). There will be a post established precisely for this purpose. Simply click on the "Comments" link to leave your StoryTech. If you have problems, you can also email your StoryTech to Laurene at chri1010@umn.edu.

If you have any technical questions, please feel free to email Laurene at chri1010@umn.edu.

Enjoy the symposium! We welcome your contributions!

Regards,

Laurene Christensen and Karen Lokkesmoe
Symposium Coordinators

Posted by chri1010 at 11:52 PM

Additional StoryTech Resources

Arthur Harkins, the originator of StoryTech, has provided us with additional background on this innovative strategic process. More information on his upcoming book can be found under the Recommended Readings link to the left. You can also download a Printable Copy of this information on StoryTech.


From Arthur Harkins:

Below are some excerpts from a new book George Kubik and I are completing: StoryTech: A Personalized Guide to the 21st Century. StoryTech enables the construction of virtual contexts. In such contexts, people are able to tell different stories about desirable futures, then link these back to the contemporary real world.

The StoryTech Process…

· Requires constant focus on malleable internal contexts.

· With practice, evolves personal “Ba,” or internal contexts.

· Evokes, creates, and selectively applies tacit knowledge.

· Permits a vast expansion of perspectives and choices.


We are beginning the Twenty-First Century. We're on the "ramp" into a new and exciting frontier for those who can master the intricacies of change. Many believe that more changes will occur in the next ten or twenty years of the "ramp" than have occurred since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Why do they believe this?


Chaos and turbulence are becoming the new personal and community realities. Everything is changing, and, much of the time, change is occurring unpredictably.

New information and knowledge resources are forged out of the challenges posed by such chaos and turbulence.

Effective management of change results from bringing information and knowledge together, "interfacing" these two resources for the benefit of the individual, the organization and the community. This book is about the use of new stories to produce new and useful information and knowledge.

· Information is a social resource—ideas, skills and beliefs shared within the community.

· Knowledge is a personal resource—ideas, skills and beliefs yet to be shared within the community.

What will be demanded of individuals and communities to survive, and to develop suitable and rewarding lifestyles, skills, values, and ideals during the ramp into this new Century?

Who will be the individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities whose examples will inspire us, and create within each of us the will and the focus to ramp confidently into the future? Who will provide the leadership and examples to guarantee that we will thrive, not merely survive? What new stories can be told to help us navigate this new Century?

Storytelling is an ancient technology. It is many thousands of years old.
Personalized stories are the engines of new knowledge production for individuals.

The Buddhist concept of mindfulness plays a major part in new knowledge production based on stories.

Historically, storytelling has been a primary means for transmitting beliefs and knowledge. Storytelling, therefore, is a “personal technology” for learning and for social and cultural communications.

Oral tradition underlies storytelling. In use since pre-history, it is pervasive among all people.


The purpose of StoryTech is to introduce a modern application of the ancient human capacity for storytelling. It will address the purpose, structures, and process of story constructions. It will provide concrete steps for the construction of new personal knowledge to support intellectually and emotionally improved decision making now and in the future. It will explore and explain the evolution of storytelling as an individualized strategic process capable of bringing value to individuals, and through them, to groups.

Historically, storytelling based on oral tradition has been used to…

· Strengthen and change cultural beliefs.

· Transmit knowledge and ideas.

· Communicate values and principles.

· Coalesce and clarify “reality”.

StoryTech speaks to people who want to create positive outcomes in their emerging futures. StoryTech Masters are individuals whose innovative stories and scenarios make a positive difference in the totality of their lives, including their interactions with others at work, in the community and in the home.


Story Tech Does Not:

Replace analytical thinking
Replace scientific experimentation or testing

StoryTech is not science, but rather a rigorous form of personal, social, and cultural technology. The intent of StoryTech and its accompanying exercises is to help individuals, communities and groups develop positive visions of their futures, and to translate these visions into innovations that produce desirable outcomes.

Download a Printable Copy of this information.


Posted by chri1010 at 8:59 AM

April 6, 2005

Symposium Readings

In preparation for the symposium, our guest speakers have provided materials that form the basis of their presentations. These materials are located on the blog, to the left, under Recommended Readings. All of these materials can be downloaded as Adobe Acrobat files.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:09 PM