Foreword ix About This Book xiii THE WHOLE WORLD IS A STORY 1. A Poet's Epiphany 3 2. The DNA of Story 11 3. The Systems Underpinning Our Lives 27 4. Humanity at the Crossroads 41 POETIC INTERLUDE 1 51 The Water Poem THE PERSONAL IS THE POWERFUL 5. A Four-Year-Old's Guide to Framing 57 6. The Value of Values 65 7. Eating Your Own Dog Food 75 POETIC INTERLUDE 2 83 Big World, Small Planet: The Remix 8. A Collective Hero's Journey 89 9. Examining Our Stories of Self 103 10. The Story Circle Goes Digital 115 THE SHIFTING SANDS OF NARRATIVE POETIC INTERLUDE 3 125 A Cure for Them 11. They Are Us 131 12. Moving Beyond Cops and Robbers 137 13. Whose Story Is This? 151 14. The Subtle Art of Story-listening 165 15. Strange Bedfellows 175 TEN NEW MYTHS FOR HUMANITY POETIC INTERLUDE 4 189 The One That Hasn't Been Written Yet 16. From Me to We 193 17. From Tree to Me 199 18. From Sustainability to Regeneration 203 19. From Stuff to Enough 207 20. From Scarcity to Abundance 213 21. From Competition to Collaboration 217 22. From Human Doings to Human Beings 223 23. From West to the Rest 229 24. From Mankind to Humankind 235 25. From Now to Forevermore 241 Acknowledgments 247 Glossary of Maori words 251 Notes 255
* Foreword by Johan Rockstroem, world-renowned sustainability expert, and co-star of David Attenborough's new Netflix documentary, Breaking Boundaries * An accessible, entertaining read that aims to inspire rather than instruct * Contains insight into how overcoming polarisation and culture wars lies in sharing and listening to others' stories * Finishes with ten inspiring new (yet ancient) myths for humanity to pave a regenerative, equitable way forward for humankind * Siegfried is a former New Zealand National Poetry Slam Champion * Includes four of Alina's spoken word poems, with QR codes to video performances of each
Alina Siegfried is a storyteller, narrative strategist, systems change advocate, TEDx speaker, and award-winning spoken word artist (stage alias Ali Jacs) from Wellington, New Zealand. Alina's journey in storytelling and communications has taken her through environmental advocacy, political issues campaigning, social enterprise, crowdfunding, arts, and community development. In her role as the founding Communications Lead of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, she has helped bring together a global community of 500 world-leading entrepreneurs, investors, artists, and systems change leaders to develop transformative solutions to pressing global challenges.