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.
SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2016 How To Create An Evil Character-- Sound Familiar? (3551 views)
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...
SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Writing Stories to Change the World (3086 views)
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.
SHARE Saturday, December 20, 2014 Mallary Jean Tenore-- Writing With Hope-- Restorative Narratives (2245 views)
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.
SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Restorative Narrative-- Finding Hope After Darkness (1973 views)
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."
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 The Worlds of Story-- so much bigger than books and movies (1702 views)
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
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 My Hiatus From News Marination Has Changed My Writing (1656 views)
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.
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Rethinking Civilization-- Plunging Earth Into Sixth Extinction; Daniel Quinn Interview Transcript Part 2 (1207 views)
Daniel Quinn's book, Ishmael, about a telepathic gorilla, won a Ted Turner award for book with a hopeful vision of the future. It's become a bestseller translated into many languages and I recommend it as must reading if you've never read it. This portion of the interview discusses the book AND his thoughts on civilization, beyond civilization, the Sixth Extinction and the disaster that hierarchy is...
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Transcript Arlene Goldbard: Bottom-up Self-Censorship, Top-down Consensus Reality (1071 views)
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.
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Book Review: Thom Hartmann's Cracking the Code (553 views)
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.
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Why Hillary Lost: She Failed to Share Her Heart's Stories (520 views)
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.
SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Movement Metaphors and Finding Heroes In Congress (486 views)Tapping 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....