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Stepping Stones – The Family Stories We Tell About Ourselves – Storytelling Part 3

Published on June 17, 2019.

This is the third part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. I often tell people that while I grew up in poverty, I also grew up with wealth – a richness of many generations of my family history.  Unlike so many people who have had their family histories destroyed or lost through […]


Stepping Stones – After the KKK Attack – Storytelling Part 2

Published on June 11, 2019.

This is the second part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. One of the things we work on in the storytelling workshop is how to make the first line capture the attention of the audience and the last line show the learning or moral of the story. I learned this lesson when I […]


Stepping Stones – Storytelling – Part 1

Published on June 4, 2019.

This is the first part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. Indigenous communities have used stories for teaching and passing down information for thousands of years. Today, science is catching up and starting to understand the importance of storytelling.  Storytelling isn’t just a better way to connect with your audience:  It also […]


How do we sustain HOPE in times of crisis?

Published on September 20, 2016.

It’s really hard to have a positive outlook or hope with all that’s happening in the world today: political chaos, hate, violence, environmental disaster, and a list much too long to write here.  And worse, it seems that people are feeding off all this hatred and chaos and it continues to grow, taking over everything […]


‘Hopelessness is Our Biggest Enemy’ – In These Times’ article by Linda Stout

Published on December 10, 2013.

For In These Times’ December 2013 cover feature, “Generation Hopeless?”, the magazine asked a number of politically savvy people, younger and older, to respond to an essay by 22-year-old Occupy activist Matthew Richards in which he grapples with what the movement meant and whether Occupy’s unfulfilled promises are a lost cause or the seeds of the different world whose promise he […]


Cultural Shift #4 – Beginning with Vision by Linda Stout

Published on July 28, 2013.

I just wrote my new 15 year vision.  I had created a 13 year vision back in 2007 for the year 2020.  But, now I need a new one because almost everything in that vision has been accomplished.  My new vision begins with “it is July 2028 and I am 75 years old.”  I went […]


Being a leader, starting with ME – Making a Cultural Shift

Published on June 27, 2013.

How do we embrace the challenges that we face today as well as tomorrow’s promises? To do this we must lead with hope and optimism, with vision. If we really want to create change in the world, it begins with “me” — with [insert your name]. We are all leaders although some may be playing […]


Monthly Series on Cultural Shift #2 by Linda Stout

Published on May 24, 2013.

In my first blog about creating cultural shifts, I was adamant about the possibility and the necessity to work toward a cultural shift and my belief it can be done. This includes a cultural shift within ourselves, our organizations, and ultimately our society. In this article, I want to talk about how difficult this work […]


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