In Stories That Matter, we meet the people who have great stories to tell. Their stories will inspire you, engage you and excite you. But, most of all, they’ll remind you that the only real way to understand and experience human emotion, is through stories.
Stories for Humans Are Like Water for Fish
Stories for humans really are like water for fish. And from that thought, one of South Africa’s most profoundly important organisations was built. Today, over twenty years later, Heartlines uses the power of stories to change lives and build a nation. And in this episode, Garth Japhet and Zamabongo Mojalefa share the many ways in which Heartlines achieves that. Their work tells powerful stories and, by doing so, allows people to truly understand how to live their lives in the most meaningful way. And it enables them to find human connections with even their most ardent enemies. This episode is a telling reminder that to build a better world, we need to open ourselves up to the stories of those around us. If you are interested in learning more about Heartlines and the incredible work they do, please visit them at https://www.heartlines.org.za/home
Stories Without Words
Stories Without Words. This is how our guest this month describes some of the best music ever written. Because, in this month’s episode of Stories that Matter, we talk all things music with the music educator Simon Toyne. Simon’s musical influence spreads far and wide from schools to choirs and even to government itself. So, he was the perfect person for us to chat to about why music matters so much and why it matters so much in the stories it tells. As you’ll hear, Simon’s passion for music is inspiring, infectious and uplifting. And, in a first for this series, Simon chooses three beautiful pieces of music that have real meaning for him. We couldn’t help feeling by the end of this Podcast that we probably needed thirty minutes more. We hope you enjoy it.
Are you a Plotter or a Pantser?
In this episode, we were thrilled to chat to the fabulous Clare Pooley, a blogger, speaker, and author published in over 30 countries. Clare had a seemingly perfect life, but under the surface was battling an addiction to alcohol, and turned to blog writing as a form of therapy that springboarded her into a whole new life. We spoke to Clare about how writing played a role in her recovery, what stories mean to her, and how she found inspiration for writing such powerful fiction.
No Knobheads Allowed
In this episode of Stories That Matter we speak to Adam Gardner, Founder of LADS United, a community of friends from far and wide, playing football, and using its unique spirit to form bonds, connections, and to look after men's mental health. Adam explores what inspired him to start LADS United, as well as the importance of wellbeing, vulnerability, and emotional support within men's social groups.
Reading The World
For the inaugural episode of Stories That Matter we speak to author, Ann Morgan, who set herself an ambitious goal: to read one book from every country in the world over the course of a year. Ann shares her journey, teaching us about the importance of stories, community, and cultural perspective.