Passport to the 21st Century
John Seely Brown, Steve Denning, 
Katalina Groh, Larry Prusak: 
Some of the world's leading thinkers
explore the role of storytelling in the world

 I Introduction to storytelling I John Seely Brown on science I Steve Denning on change I Katalina Groh on video
Larry Prusak on organization I Discussion I | Contact us | Bibliography on storytelling

The film-maker as storyteller: Katalina Groh
The downward spiral 

Ben Zander: (drawing a downward spiral) The little old ladies, the ones who like classical music. They’re all dying out. That’s a downward spiral conversation. 
Ros Zander: If you think about how we talk, we are generally talking about what’s gone wrong. And about what ought to be fixed. It’s a kind of conversation of “no possibility”: the downward spiral. It doesn’t lead you anywhere. 
Ben Zander: You see it in the stock market.  Of course, you also see an upward spiral in the stock market. Upward spiral and downward spiral are the same thing. Right? Whenever there is a winner and a loser, you have downward spiral thinking and talking.

Ros Zander: As soon as you notice that you’re talking about what’s gone wrong, what isn’t right, what needs to be fixed, how they’re wrong and you’re right, you’re in the downward spiral. The passageway out is: to think possibility. It’s to move forward and say: what do we want to have happen? 
Books and videos on storytelling 
*** In Good Company : How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work
by Don Cohen, Laurence Prusak (February 2001) Harvard Business School Press
*** The Social Life of Information, by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid
(February 2000) Harvard Business School Press
*** The Springboard : How Storytelling Ignites Action in Knowledge-Era Organizations
by Stephen Denning (October 2000) Butterworth-Heinemann 
*** The Art of Possibility, a video with Ben and Ros Zander : Groh Publications (February 2001)
Copyright © 2001 Katalina Groh 
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