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The First-Person Transformation Arc

Presented at iMedia Brand Summit Australia,12th Sept, 2018 Gold Coast (AUS).

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The First-Person Transformation Arc

  1. 1. THE FIRST-PERSON ARC: HOW STORIES AND GAMES CHANGE WHEN WE PUT OURSELVES INTO THEM @christydena christydena.com Presented at iMedia Brand Summit Australia, 12th Sept, 2018 Gold Coast (AUS)
  2. 2. Nanette
  3. 3. Personal? No way.
  4. 4. Making personal work: not commercial has no audience appeal not what the client wants self-indulgent
  5. 5. Clients and audiences not interested in personal work.
  6. 6. Clients and audiences not interested in personal work.
  7. 7. No-one needs to hear about my personal stuff. That’s self-indulgent.
  8. 8. “The agenda is (not self-aggrandisement) […] it is to be honest. Are you willing to tell your story to reveal how vulnerable you were, how stupid you were, how arrogant you were, which means how human you were?” “We don’t tell stories for people to change their opinion about us […] We actually tell stories that may shift something within them, and maybe even change their opinion of themselves.” Mark W. Travis “Write Your Life”
  9. 9. “We don’t see a reflection of our humanity in perfection; we see it in imperfection.” Dara Marks “Inside Story”
  10. 10. Write “what-you-know-to-be-true-and-valuable-and- meaningful-and-important-and-worth-living-for.” “The difference between the scenes one would write who has experienced heartbreak compared to those written by one who hasn’t experienced it will be the difference between good writing and mediocre writing.” “Your point of view is transparent. It tells us how deeply you care about your subject. Your audience will only go as far as you feel, not as far as you tell them to feel.” Peter Dunne “Emotional Structure”
  11. 11. “Memoir is not about you, or me. It’s about something universal.” Marion Roach Smith “The Memoir Project”
  12. 12. https://www.design-sprint.com/en/day-5-validate/ Audience Research - where is the reciprocal vulnerability?
  13. 13. https://www.design-sprint.com/en/day-5-validate/ Audience Research - where is the reciprocal vulnerability?
  14. 14. “The value of your thematic message lies in the sincerity and the honesty with which you are willing to expose your own humanity to the rest of us.” Dara Marks http://www.vulture.com/2014/12/how-the-lego-movies-surprise-twist-worked.html
  15. 15. Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949) Christopher Vogel’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers (2007) THE HERO’S JOURNEY / MONOMYTH
  16. 16. REFUSAL OF THE CALL
  17. 17. MOTIVATION TO CHANGE
  18. 18. CHANGE FROM LIFE EVENT CRISIS Taylor, Edward. W. (2000) Analyzing Research on Transformative Learning Theory. In Mezirow, J. & Associates (Eds.) Learning as transformation (pp. 285-328). death of loved one divorce lost job diagnosis of major illness major accident …
  19. 19. OTHER WAYS TO CHANGE Contemplation: “integrating circumstances, which are indefinite periods in which the persons […] consciously or unconsciously searches for something which is missing in their life; when they find this missing piece, the transformation process is catalysed” Clark Change Stance: “more like an unfolding evolution rather than a response to a crisis” Pope “transformative learning may begin unnoticed, incidentally, and sometimes even casually, when a new practice is added to old habits.” Nohl Clark, C. (1991): Restructuring of Meaning: An Analysis of the Impact of Context on Transformational Learning. Ed.D. dissertation. University of Georgia. Clark, C. (1993): Changing Course: Initiating the Transformational Learning Process. In: Flannery, D. University Park: Pennsylvania State University (Ed.): 34th Annual Adult Education Research Conference Proceedings, (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 368 967), 31-36. Mezirow, J. (1991): Transformative dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Nohl, A.M. (2015): Typical Phases of Transformative Learning: A Practice-Based Model. Adult Education Quarterly, 65, (1), 35-49. Pope (1996) S. J.: Wanting to Be Something More: Transformations in Ethnically Diverse Working Class Women through the Process of Education. Ph.D. dissertation, Fielding Institute
  20. 20. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ On Death and Dying (1969) On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss, (2005) Dara Marks’ Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc (2007)
  21. 21. TRANSFORMATION ARCS Transformative learning: “[L]earning that transforms problematic frames of reference— sets of fixed assumptions and expectations (habits of mind, meaning perspectives, mindsets)— to make them more inclusive, discriminating, open, reflective, and emotionally able to change.” Jack Mezirow Mezirow, Jack (2003) Transformative learning as discourse. Journal of Transformative Education, 1(1), 58- 63. doi:10.1177/1541344603252172 Call to Adventure: “The familiar life horizon has been outgrown; the old concepts, ideals, and emotional patterns no longer fit; the time for the passing of a threshold is at hand.” Joseph Campbell
  22. 22. CALL TO SELF
  23. 23. FIRST-PERSON TRANSFORMATION ARC Christy Dena, Universe Creation 101 Call to Self Self-examination (with feelings of fear, anger, guilt or shame) Critical Assessment of Assumptions Recognition of others having discontent & exploring it too Exploration of options for new r/ships, roles, actions Reintegration POV Exploration, Dialogue
  24. 24. FIRST-PERSON TRANSFORMATIONAL ARC
  25. 25. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THE WORLD

Presented at iMedia Brand Summit Australia,12th Sept, 2018 Gold Coast (AUS).

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