Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
The Worlds of Story-- so much bigger than books and movies
Story is much bigger than the obvious applications-- storytelling, movies and screenplays, novels and fiction, newspapers, television and magazines. Politics and psychotherapy are all about stories and narrative. A good attorney doesn't talk to a jury without wrapping evidence in story. What would religions and religious services be without stories? Marketing uses stories to engage, touch hearts and sell. Cultures are defined
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (963 views)
My Hiatus From News Marination Has Changed My Writing
I turned off my cable TV the end of December. That left me with my Apple TV, which gives me Netflix and a collection of other free options. The biggest effect is that I do not have the news on for much of the day. There's no background of chattering pundits-- mostly liberal ones.
After a bit more than 90 days I realized that this hiatus from TV news marination changed my writing.
Transcript Arlene Goldbard: Bottom-up Self-Censorship, Top-down Consensus Reality
My guest tonight is Arlene Goldbard. She is a writer, speaker, social activist and consultant who works for justice, compassion, and honor in every sphere from interpersonal to the transnational. Her books include Crossroads: Reflections on the Politics of Culture, New Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development, Community, Culture and Globalization, and her novels, Clarity and The Wave.
Awakener; My Occupation. And yours?
today, when filling in a registration form on a website, I realized I had a new occupation to list, that encompassed many of the others I've listed in the past. I am an awakener-- someone who wakes up others.
quotations on awakening at the end of this article
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (175 views)
Why Hillary Lost: She Failed to Share Her Heart's Stories
Mark Penn interpreted that his polling suggested that Hillary should avoid the soft stuff and stay on issues. And Hillary thought she knew all she needed to come up with the stories in her life that she told on her stump speeches. They both were wrong.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (0 views)
Book Review: Hero With a Thousand Faces
One of the Top 100 Most Important Books of the 20th Century, Joseph Campbell's book is a treasure trove with a map inside that can help you understand some of the most important stages and journeys in your life. Or, you can use its ideas to write better stories or plan for changes, planned or unexpected, in your life, your work, your relationships...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (179 views)
Book Review: Thom Hartmann's Cracking the Code
If Persuasion is Power, Thom Hartmann's newest Book Can Enable You To Achieve Your Maximum. Thom Hartmann, one of the top progressive talk radio "stars," has delivered a gift to anyone who wants to persuade others. It will be required reading for anyone trying convince people to act, take a stand or vote in some way.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (173 views)
Movement Metaphors and Finding Heroes In CongressTapping all the power at your disposal is not an easy thing. Great power comes with great risks and some danger. But wisdom, strength, confidence and determination, added together enable the strong to make full use of their power. This is lofty territory....
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (0 views)
Tapping the Power of story
Stories define who we are and enable us to communicate in ways no other collection of words can achieve
Restorative Narrative-- Finding Hope After Darkness
Restorative narrative stories follow a person or community through a meaningful progression from despair through resilience. Ivoh.org states, "We know that words create worlds. And at this time, we believe the world needs a new story."
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (2237 views)
How To Create An Evil Character-- Sound Familiar?
Every good story needs a hero and every hero needs a good evil protagonist-- the evil character in the story. So, what makes a good evil character.
There are some variants, but for most stories there are some common characteristics...
Writing Stories to Change the World
We need stories to change the world. There is truth. There is vision. There are values-- They all come out of stories. Stories come first. This article includes excerpts from an interview with one of today's leading experts on making stories more powerful.
Mallary Jean Tenore-- Writing With Hope-- Restorative Narratives
The reason I invited Mallary on this show is...she wrote an article, published on Images & Voices of Hope, on why restorative narratives are an important part of the media landscape. And I really like what it had to say because in some ways it reflected conversations that the Managing Editors at Opednews have had. So, welcome to the show Mallary.