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NEWS
STORY - BRIDGING
Our booklet Story-Bridging: foster possibilities and ignite connections, is to be published by Books33.
The booklet explains a process, supported by many examples - at the individual, group and nation-state levels - for building bridges instead of walls in the divided, polarised, fragmented society that we are part of. A society much in need of hope, harmony, love.
Books33 are partnering with us because they share our values and our intent to distribute our booklet as widely as possible without commercial considerations, and to benefit society. They will publish a e-Pub at no cost to us and entirely at their own cost - a Kindle-edition will be available for online purchase on Amazon and other similar outlets.
About Books33: https://books33.com/mission-vision-core-values/
About their co-founder Prof Shalini Verma: https://www.brilliantread.com/interview-with-dr-shalini-verma-co-founder-at-books33-india-founder-director-at-samvaadshaalaa/

STORIFY – YOUR – CULTURE
‘Transform Story into a Great Tool for Working with Corporate Culture’ is the theme of this year’s free online conference being hosted from Russia from 18th to 20th May, 2022. A theme chosen by participants following last year’s astoundingly successful Storify- Your- Leadership conference. Partners offering the conference are the National Storytelling Network who operate out of Kansas City and their special interest group SIO (Storytelling in Organizations), Narrative, based in Singapore, and the Institute of Narrative Therapy (who have a presence in a number of countries). The driving force and host is once again Artem Mushin-Makedonskiy.
Here's the conference website: https://historia.academy/storify2022-en

AVAILABILITY
Should you wish to explore online one-on-one coaching, fast-feedback-loop surveys, staff training, how to optimise the use of circles to shift culture, story competence – in any area or on any aspect of corporate life – please contact me, Graham, on centserv@iafrica.com For more information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/graham-williams-b5857b28/

The WHO, WAR IN UKRAINE, and SOME "SO-CALLED CONSPIRACY" FACTS
Nominated by the African Union, The Director-General of WHO (one of the most powerful and influential organisations in the world) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (a long-time friend of Bill Gates and who gained the post after a very dubious process), after his appointment, nominated the Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe to be a WHO goodwill ambassador. He was forced to retract the nomination. The Editor-in-Chief of the eminent medical journal The Lancet has referred to Ghebreyesus as the Dictator-General. Ghebreyesus has recently complained that the attention and aid paid to predominantly white Ukraine is unfair as it shows bias against black lives. It is hardly statesmanlike to play this racial card at this time - does he not know nor care that the world is potentially headed for WWIII? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-61101732

At the same time there is an ongoing WEF drive for a new world order and a WHO/ Gates Foundation initiative for a global pandemic agreement for the WHO to have the constitutional right to control the testing, regulations, lockdowns, vaccination regimes, medical and quarantine interventions, treatments, and dictate all public health practices for the World. And much more beyond health matters. Nations who sign up are then effectively governed in these matters by the WHO. (South Africa has already signed up. And is promulgating legislation to allow for permanent disaster measures and control to be vested in the Ministry of Health, and other legislation to allow cadre control of education, jobs, property and all aspects of life)
Read and share this: https://drtesslawrie.substack.com/p/urgent-my-video-call-with-the-who?s=r







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QUOTEABLE QUOTES
OUR NARROWNESS OF OUTLOOK and SEPARATION
“There’ s so many different worlds, so many different suns
And we have just one world, but we live in different ones”
– Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits Brothers in Arms)

OUR LEADERSHIP STYLE?
“A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in sharing his own opinions” (King Solomon’s Song of Songs) and so “The leader of the past was a person who knew how to tell. The leader of the future will be a person who knows how to ask” and listen (Management guru Peter Drucker)

OUR IMPORTANCE
All of us who have been, are, or ever will be – are a blip in space and time.
From Marie Howe’s poem about our origin and place in the bigger scheme of things, Singularity:
“… before we came to believe humans were so important,
before this awful loneliness”.
When we became to believe in our own independence and power through knowledge?

COMMUNICATING TRUTH
“When you can assume that your audience holds the same beliefs you do, you can relax and use more normal means of talking to it; when you have to assume that it does not, then you have to make your vision apparent by shock - to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures” - Flannery O’Connor (Mystery and Manners: Occasional prose)



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