Poets, dancers, and painters at war with white supremacy, COVID, criminal militias, and Milosevic? Muralists, musicians, and actors, making a difference in homeless shelters, planning departments, emergency rooms, and death row? Sound delusional? Yea, sure, but also true! And when creativity confronts destruction, and imagination faces fear, in places like Ferguson, Johannesburg, Belfast and San Quentin surprising things happen.
Our stories help shape and sustain our beliefs and actions. Bill Cleveland believes that meeting the challenges of the 21st century will require a revolution of thought and deed— in essence, a new set of stories powerful enough to change beliefs and behaviors.
Change the Story/ Change the World is a chronicle of art and community transformation across the globe. In each episode, Bill will introduce listeners to creative change agents working to re-imagine and recreate the social, political, and cultural narratives that define their communities. Join us
Episode 31: Joe Lambert - Making Good Stories that Help Us
The Story Center is not merely a place. It's actually a conviction that we all have stories to share that can inspire teach, bring joy, bear, witness, and heal. It's also a process that introduces people to the stories at their center that they've carried with them all their lives.
Episode 30: Susan Hill - The Path Made by Walking Forward
Susan Hill has, one of the best minds, and hearts I know for translating human creativity to the needs of the human community. In our conversation, we talk about how that complex alchemy works, and doesn’t, getting the respect of people who really distrust you, and what happens when the lights go off in a high-security prison classroom.
Episode 29: Becky Reardon - Finding the Moon
Becky Reardon describes herself as “In the music” Her songs, tell us about the human community, our mother earth, and the reverence, and awe, and humility, and joy, and solace, and deep understandings that can rise up when you make time and space to listen to what she has to say.
CSCW: Bonus Episode: Normando Performs
WOW! After publishing Episode 28: Normando Ismay - A Loving Trickster requests have come for some of Normando's performances. Here are two: "Cachiru" & "Magdelina & Jose."
Episode 28: Normando Ismay - A Loving Trickster
Artists Vanquish Crack Dealer? No Way! Actually "Yes Way" and an incredible story that also includes Cafe Bezzoso, Chilecito, and The Last Inca In Jail.
The Nouvella: Story-based Learning for Creative Change Agents
This week we are going to talk about story-based strategies for community arts training using a game show, a scene from a novella about artists working in prison, and a visit to a fake town in the midst of a harsh reckoning around issues of race, justice, othering, and belonging.