Smithsonian Storytelling Weekend: April 15-17

Bookings are now open for the annual weekend of organizational storytelling events in Washington DC. The events are:


This is for you if you are interested in learning the basics of storytelling. Thursday, April 15, 6:30 to 9 p.m. You can register for this event here.

2.) ALL-DAY SEMINAR AT THE SMITHSONIAN: STORYTELLING TO TRANSFORM THE WORKPLACE: Friday, April 16, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register for Friday, go here.

3.) ALL DAY WORKSHOPS: You, Me and We: Connecting through Story: Saturday, April 17, 2009, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register for Saturday here.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Storytelling is a powerful and underutilized professional business tool that can be used to help achieve a myriad of organizational objectives, from generating new ideas to fostering strong work teams to sharing knowledge and transmitting values. In this seminar led by experts in the field of organizational storytelling, participants explore how narrative techniques can be used to ignite innovation and change in the workplace for the benefit of the organization, the people doing the work, and the clients and customers whom they serve.

Matthew E. May, chief strategist for MBox Design, former advisor at Toyota, and author of In Pursuit of Elegance (2009) and The Elegant Solution (2006), examines the stories used to inspire continuous innovation at Toyota, an organization that implements more than one million ideas per year.

Mary Poppendieck, retired 3M manager and co-author of Implementing Lean Software Development (2006) and Leading Lean Software Development (2009), discusses the characteristics of successful leaders and explains how stories can create a context where employees are motivated to perform their best and work as a team.

Steve Denning, former head of knowledge management at the World Bank and author of The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling (2005) and The Secret Language of Leadership (2007), talks about how some companies are re-inventing the workplace using storytelling to inspire continuous innovation, productivity, job satisfaction, and client delight. He also discusses the role of storytelling as part of the seven basic principles of continuous innovation.

Elizabeth Woodward, a software transformation consultant with IBM and co-author of The Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum (2010), discusses how teams can create the change they envision by focusing on prioritization of needs in the form of user stories, continuous feedback from stakeholders, and consistent delivery of high-quality, valuable short-term wins.

Seth Kahan, an independent consultant with a specialty in change management, and author of Getting Change Right (2010), shows how leaders transform organizations from the inside out by getting people on board for bold new ideas.

Madelyn Blair, CEO of Pelerei, Inc., an organizational consulting firm, explains the concept and principles of radical learning and how it can be used to develop strategies for maintaining focus and achieving results.

Coffee and pastries are served 8:30 to 9 a.m. Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; participants provide their own lunch.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)

To register for Friday, go here.


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