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Stories That Move The Movement

Real stories, narrative stories, are powerful. They connect people and forever change those people for the better. Great stories exist outside time. They live in people’s hearts. And they fuel their actions That’s why stories are the language of tribes. And as such, they hold the power to emotionally connect people. And to define and […]

How To Shape A Story

Every story has a shape. You can find it by plotting the emotional high points and low points that the story takes as it unfolds. Voila! When you’re done you’ll end up with the shape of that story. That’s what Kurt Vonnegut did to show that classic stories have common basic shapes. He used Cinderella […]

What’s A Story, Anyway?

Stories are powerful. They connect with something deep within us. They help us make sense of the world and our place in it. The kinds of stories that motivate tribes and ignite movements define the cause. They illuminate our ideas and actions and make them memorable. They change things When done well, they transcend mere […]

Generous Ideas Blow Up Real Good

Ideas for good can be very powerful. They can grow and spread at a surprisingly rapid rate. But not without a purpose, a tribe, a story, and a movement. Like Blake’s big boom It was finally time for a little fun. He needed it. Running four startups was getting to him. So he decided to […]

Tribes Connect With Emotion

Tribes don’t run on communications. They run on emotional connections. Through these connections, tribes create movements. And movements change things. For example Long ago, in better times, a guy by the name of Shepard Fairey made a poster. It just happened to be a poster of Barack Obama. And it just happened to be for […]

A Purpose Worth Sharing

People don’t engage with your cause because of what you do. People get involved with a tribe because of why you do what you do. As the story goes No one sent out thousands of invitations to the big event. There was no website to check the date. No social media to get the word […]

Stories Of IMC On The New Frontier

It’s just a hazy, fading memory now. But when I was a young boy a teacher changed my life. She made me stay after school and learn to read. Actually, I was already a passable reader. Mrs. Hoarsley thought I could be better You see, she believed in me when I didn’t really believe in […]

From Hype To Help: Remaking IMC

It’s time to do something about that rickety, old, rough-running IMC. I mean integrated marketing communications. And installing a few new parts isn’t going to do it. This is going to take a total redo It’s much like what our good friends at UNICEF faced a few years ago. They spent a fortune creating posters […]

The Evil Deception Of Content

“I have brought you here to the top of the changing, ever-shifting world, my friends, to be tempted.” “Look out, across time and space,” the evil deceiver whispers. “What do you see?” Content strategies being skillfully developed. Complex message platforms devised, revised, strategized and restrategized. Elevator pitches crafted in one minute, two minute and ten […]