Taking communities and organizations from story sharing to committed action
"In a culture of scarcity and perfectionism, there is a surprisingly simple reason we want to own, integrate, and share our stories of struggle. We do this because we feel the most alive when we are connecting with others and being brave with our stories. It's in our biology."
- Dr. Brené Brown
"Everything is changing, the old solutions don’t work, and the old categories are collapsing,” says Dr. Richard Owen Geer, co-author of Story Bridge: From Alienation to Community Action. “People know they carry vital energies for the planet. But they don’t know exactly what their gifts are, or how to bring them to the world. Of course, I can’t tell them. No one can. Yet we can discover together."
That’s Story Bridge.
Over the course of this two day workshop, you will be both storyteller and performer as we quest for self and group discovery. You will share stories with the group, and as a group we will reverently perform them.
Story Bridge taps the power of two ancient human technologies: the reality-forging power of story, and the re-patterning power of performance.
The process will kindle energies of feeling, body, and spirit, because to perform is to call in energies and revelations, and to be, know, and feel in new ways. Performance bridges between present and possibility. In performance, the past is called once more into being. On stage it is re-interpreted in light of present insight, or re-contextualized as a blueprint for future action.
You’ll receive insights into your identity, your circumstance, and your path. As your story flows into the stories of others, you will grow and change along with it, becoming the performance of a new story, experiencing yourself with new power. You’ll carry away from the workshop skills to aid you and your community. You become an embodied template of new possibility.
The ancient process that StoryBridge represents is written in our genes; long ago it made it possible for clans of strangers to encounter each other and share food and stories instead of violence. Humans became neighbors instead of casualties. Today, as people take hands in trust and reach back into the wisdom of their stories, they weave them into performance and become one organism, greater than the sum of their parts. They cross the divide from an alienated “I' to a related “WE.”
Join us for StoryBridge at the Social Artistry Odyssey - music, myth, story, laughter, and healing.
Richard Owen Geer Ph.D has been leading Story Bridge workshops internationally for 20 years. He is the director of Community Performance International, and has founded dozens of community performance groups. American Theatre Magazine calls Geer's work a "gem of cultural democracy."