I want to share with you a story:
South African writer Antjie Kroger described meeting a nomadic desert poet in Senegal. He shared with her the role of the poet in his culture. The poet's job, he explained, is to remember the water holes. Survival of a group depends on a few water holes scattered throughout the desert. And when the people forget, it is the poet who remembers and leads them to it.
This tiny tale contains within it a universe of purpose for our company.
As a trainer, I've traveled the country designing story-based experiences for mission-driven individuals and organizations committed to advancing social justice at home, and across the world. I've listened to thousands of stories from executive directors, new mothers, and freshly minted-teenagers. As a poet, I've had the good fortune of sharing my own story of growing up a cis-gendered woman and artist of color born to South Korean parents. No matter where I go or where I am invited in, the unifying narrative is this: We, as humans, are yearning for deeper connections across all areas in our life.
Whole Story exists as a direct response to this cultural phenomena.
We wholehearted believe that bold story-strategies, combined with masterful facilitation, holds within it a vibrant antidote for isolation produced by our modern world. Our training experiences are specifically designed for groups and individuals seeking new models of professional learning and kinship rooted in language of purpose and passion.
At our core, we are a team of artists and cultural solutionaries whose shared commitment is to an embodied ethic of justice, belonging and wholeness.
We are so excited to meet you here and look forward to speaking with you.
Michelle Mush Lee, Founder
The relationship between story and equity in the classroom, workplace, and world is powerful.
3 ways we do this:
EVERY STORY MATTERS
But not all strategies produce powerful impact. In our experience, most attempts at bringing in bold, honest expression to the center of professional learning fall short. Why? Learners aren't given clear frameworks for understanding the purpose of personal story within the context of learning, as compassionate conduit for census and collective action.
Whole Story's training model begins with a deeply collaborative consideration of the core stories of the room .
SYSTEMS TELL STORIES
Today's purpose-driven professionals are seeking resonant models of leadership that honor transparency and real diversity in the workplace. Organizational systems hold the power to reinforce individual attitudes and workplace habits.
Whole Story supports an organization's capacity to authentically connect to the work and inspire new organizational systems, as a core workplace competency.
EQUITY REQUIRES SUSTAINABILITY
Equity and Inclusion can and should be a long-term strategy.
Whole Story offers concrete applications of our methods, as well as consideration for how to adapt our strategies to work best within the context of your organization, and the communities you serve. Whole Story helps you name and build out promising systems and organizational habits that make an idea sustainable by partnering with clients over a period of 12, 24 or 36 months.
Living Legacy Kits
Whole Story works creates Living Legacy Kits that help document and codify your organizations most promising practices.
Our Training Team
The Awesome People Behind The Work
Mariah Rankine-Landers, Studio Pathways Co-founder
Mariah's work and writings have been featured on The Electric Company (PBS), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Harvard School of Education, The Teaching Channel and Happy Black Girl. She says, “At the heart of my practice is a belief that students should have the opportunity to examine and understand life by engaging in it through the role of the arts. The artistic mind offers a lens on life that supports people’s ontological being rounded in full perspectives-a broader understanding of the social-emotional, political, physical, existential, economic, and ecological complexities that we all embody.”
JESSA BRIE MORENO, Studio Pathways Co-founder
is Co-Director of School Transformation Through the Arts and the Integrated Learning Specialist Program with Mariah Rankine-Landers, out of the Alameda County Office of Education. Moreno is Assistant Professor at the California Institute for Integral Studies and Theatre Arts Lecturer with San Jose State University. She is founding director of award-winning student theatre company OakTechRep and the Oakland Theatre Arts Initiative. Her passions are theatre, directing, acting, story circles and firing up mirror neurons through empathetic listening.