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Zahmoo in action-learning

How do we learn in action? How do we improve the effectiveness of what we do – particularly when working together with others? (This theme is perhaps most for businesses and action-based communities, though it can be useful for family-storytelling too.) One proven strategy is to set up what’s known as a ‘learning-loop’. In practice, […]

January 18th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Zahmoo for writers

If you’re a writer, a journalist, a scriptwriter or novelist, no doubt you’ll find yourself collecting many of what Gerry Weinberg describes as ‘fieldstones‘. These are small fragments of story or dialogue that seemingly arrive at random – from our imagination, perhaps, or from snippets of real-life conversation overheard in passing. Often at first they […]

January 14th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Reflection and story

It’s January, the month named for Janus, a Roman god with two faces: one facing towards the future, one still facing the past. Reflecting on stories, in many different senses… What do you hope for in the future that is this coming year? What can you learn in reflecting on the year that’s just passed? This […]

January 4th, 2012 by Zahmoo
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Listening for the story

How do we collect stories? How do we know which stories to collect, and why? For that matter, what is a story, in the sense that we use it in Zahmoo? For practical answers to those questions above, one of our best resources is the Anecdote website. If we need ideas about how to use story […]

December 19th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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Get ready for story-season

“‘Tis the season to be merry”, some say. For many people it’s also a season to reminisce and reflect, to look back at the passing year and years. Which means it’s also a time when the stories tend to flow free – so are you ready to catch them as they drift by? Family gatherings […]

December 12th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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Don’t forget the metadata!

How do we know which stories to use, and for what purpose? What would each story mean, in real-world practice? The answers to those questions often reside not in the story itself, but in the other information that we collate around that story – in other words, what’s known as the metadata for the story. Think […]

December 9th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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Getting started with your Zahmoo story-bank

You’ve decided you want to use Zahmoo as your story-bank. But how do you get started? Here’s how. Go to the Zahmoo website, and perhaps first browse around the three focus-areas: family community business As we’ll see in a moment, these focus-areas also represent different account-plans – different levels and capabilities for your Zahmoo story-bank. […]

December 5th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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Building interest in your story-bank

How do you gain the best value from the stories in your Zahmoo story-bank? How do you develop the interest in collecting, storing and re-using the shared stories of your family, your community, your business? We call Zahmoo a ‘story-bank’, and that metaphor of a bank can be useful here. Think of your stories as […]

November 24th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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The story behind the story

You have a story. You have a collection of stories, in Zahmoo. But what’s the story behind each of those stories? What’s the greater story that links all of those stories together? I drive around town with a friend, a retired builder. He points at the Town Hall: “That’s one of mine” he says. “Fixed […]

November 17th, 2011 by Zahmoo
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Keeping people interested

The key to getting your family or community members in the habit of interacting with the story bank is to interact with them. Send emails with links to your latest uploads—but not too often. Send them once a week at the absolute most and monthly is usually best. Pay attention to how people respond to […]

August 22nd, 2011 by Sarah Jansen
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