Friday, August 29, 2014

Storytelling Guru Robert McKee to Present STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar in New York City

One-day event shares actionable story knowledge and ready-to-use tools to enhance your business communication and persuasion skills

Storytelling guru Robert McKee will present his STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar in New York City on September 26, 2014. This exclusive, one-day event will show business leaders how to create and use stories that persuade, inspire and engage their customers and employees. Find more information and registration at -- and receive a free audio book of STORY by Robert McKee when you register now using promo code DG14!

At the STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar, participants will learn how to combine emotion and logic to create compelling stories that capture the hearts and minds of their audience – whether they are creating a one-minute commercial, a 60-minute presentation, an investor pitch, a strategic plan, or an in-depth training program.

McKee, who authored the international best-selling book, STORY: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting, teaches the importance of using story to connect with your audience’s emotions and minds alike. Data and facts do not engage a customer’s mind, but well-told and compelling stories do. At the STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar, participants will discover how to create stories that work for their organizations.

Harvard Business Review describes McKee as “the world’s best-known and most respected screenwriting lecturer” and for the last 25 years he has been helping writers tell powerful stories through his legendary STORY Seminar and book. More than 100,000 students have completed his course, including numerous Academy Award, Emmy Award, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners. Now he’s helping business leaders from companies like Microsoft, HP, Siemens, Mercedes-Benz, and the Boldt Company use story to persuade, engage, and communicate more effectively with their employees and customers.

In the STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar, McKee shows what story is and why it’s important in today’s workplace, how to design and execute a purpose-told story that moves people to action, the difference between face-to-face storytelling and storytelling at a distance, and why leaders need to use story to author the future. These concepts can be applied to marketing and branding, sales, start up and investment, management and human resource training, and other aspects of business where communication and persuasion drive success.

Find the complete agenda and register at -- plus, receive a free audio book of STORY by Robert McKee when you register now using promo code DG14!

Event partners include:
AIGA Connecticut -
Metro DC Chapter of ASTD -
Organization Development Network of New York -

Thursday, February 20, 2014

TEDx Viewing Party on "Changing the Way We Eat" - New Milford, Conn., March 1

Join Makery’s Free Viewing Party of this TEDx Event Led by Food & Farming Experts from 9:30am - 6:00pm.

NEW MILFORD, CT (February 13, 2014) – On Saturday, March 1st from 9:30am - 6:00pm, the much-anticipated TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will once again take place in New York City. Join New Milford, Conn.'s newest community organization, MAKERY, for a live viewing party, free of charge, featuring a brilliant lineup of experts who will explore the state of the food system and progress toward sustainability in eating and farming.

RSVP now at <>.

The independently organized event will gather speakers and audience members from diverse backgrounds to create new synergies, connections, and collaborations across disciplines. The goal of the event is to help break the food movement out of its bubble and introduce the TED/TEDx audience and viewers across the country to the innovative work being done to elevate the food system to one that is more equitable, healthier, and sustainable for all.
Some of the most important experts in the food movement will speak, including:
  • Regina Bernard-Carreno (Baruch College, CUNY) – Hunting for Food: Race, Class and Access in New York City
  • David Binkle, Los Angeles Unified School District – Los Angeles Unified School District: Changing What Students Eat At School
  • Alison Cayne, Haven's Kitchen – The Food Movement in Historical Context
  • Virginia Clarke, Sustainable Agriculture Food System Funders – Changing the Way We Give
  • Tom Colicchio, Craft Restaurant – Vote Food
  • Myra Goodman, Earthbound Farm – In Praise of Big Organic
  • Andrew Gunther, Animal Welfare Approved – How Big Business Had the Right Idea but Went Wrong
  • Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – Restaurant Workers
  • Megan Miller, Bitty – Crickets as a Protein Source
  • Peggy Neu, The Monday Campaigns – Meatless Monday: A Simple Idea Goes Global
  •  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, U.S. House of Representatives (Maine) - Congress and a Sustainable Food System
  • Lance Prince, George Washington University – The Negative Effects on Human Health of Antibiotic Use in Animal Production
  • Michael Rozyne, Red Tomato – Local Food Distribution: All That’s Invisible to the Eaters
  • Nikki Silvestri, Green for All – The Complexity and Rich Experience of Building True Allies
  • Clint Smith, Parkdale High School – Resilience: Reframing the Narrative Around Our Students
  • Matthew Moore, The Digital Farm Collective – Social Change Artists and the Food Movement
  • Sunny Young, Good Food for Oxford Schools (TEDxManhattan Challenge winner) - School Food in Mississippi
The location of the live viewing party will alternate between two locations: the office of Miles Finch Innovation at 14 Bank Street and The Bank Street Theater at 46 Bank Street in New Milford, Conn. Makery invites and encourages local retail businesses and community groups to participate and engage by offering special promotions or discounts to attendees. The event is an open-house format, meaning attendees can stop by anytime and stay as long as they desire.While tickets are free, participants are encouraged to register online at>.

The schedule for the day is planned as follows:

Time  /  Topic  /  Location
9:30 – 10:00  /  Coffee & Networking  /  Miles Finch Innovation

10:00 – 12:30  /  Introduction & Session 1: EXPAND  /  Miles Finch Innovation

12:30 – 1:40  /  Lunch  /  Various downtown restaurants

1:40 – 3:40  /  Session 2:  COLLABORATE  /  Bank Street Theater

3:40 – 4:20  /  Break

4:20 – 6:00  /  Session 3:  GROW  /  Miles Finch Innovation

About Makery
The mission of Makery is to instigate creativity and collaboration in order to catalyze innovation and small business growth in Western Connecticut.Located in New Milford, CT, the group looks to bring together makers, creators and entrepreneurs with the goal of sharing their inspiring work across the local community and beyond.In addition, Makery will organize community events, such as the TEDxManhattan viewing party, to build community and inspire conversation around topics that align with our local community.Makery is seeking volunteer support to continue building its founding Board of Directors and to elicit help in content creation and event planning.If you’d like to learn more, please contact Tony Vengrove, 203-788-2665, Ben Grinnell, 860-318-6044, or Steven Dahlberg, 612-432-5442.

About TEDxManhattan
TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” is licensed and organized by Diane Hatz, founder and Executive Director of Change Food. The first event took place in February 2011; the fourth event will happen on March 1, 2014.In 2013, approximately 15,000 computers tuned into the event along with 59 viewing parties that totaled 3,600 people. The Twitter reach was 31 million people.

Go to <> to access the webcast and watch the event live and <> to locate or set up a viewing party in your area. Videos of the talks will be posted after the conference.
 The lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan is the nonprofit program Change Food.

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat", where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxManhattan event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. (

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit <>.