Archive for the story Category

Brilliant Ad from Apple

Posted in creativity, marketing, story, technology on 12/19/2013 by mark novelli

3 questions to ask your marketing team

Posted in marketing, story on 09/23/2013 by mark novelli

Great thoughts (again) from Seth Godin. These questions could help guide almost any client conversation (and others)  when deciding on what story to tell:

Three questions to ask your marketing team

(or your business development team, your fundraising team or your pr folks)…

1. Who are you trying to reach?

If you say you are trying to reach everyone, I’ll know you’re likely to reach no one. How specifically can you identify the psychographics, worldview and needs of the people we seek to change?

2. Why do they decide to support us?

In order to earn the donation, make the sale, generate the buzz, we need to change people somehow. When we change them, what happens? What story do they tell themselves?

3. What do you need in order to make this happen more often?

What resources, tools or facts need to be present for this to work for you? What do we have to change about our products, our services or our people? How do you know?

What’s the Value of A Story? 2700%?

Posted in story on 08/06/2013 by mark novelli


Fascinating story about a project called Significant Objects.

  • Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker bought objects from thrift-stores and garage sales, then enlisted world-class writers to invent stories about the objects.
  • The objects were then  sold on eBay using the newly written fictional stories (it was made obvious to buyers that the stories were fictional).
  • The objects sold for 2700% more than Walker and Glenn paid for them.

The Hero’s Journey told by puppets

Posted in story on 06/22/2013 by mark novelli

[HT: Paul Linse]

Imagery rules across social media

Posted in communication, story, technology on 10/23/2012 by mark novelli


Pixar Story Rules in Lego

Posted in story on 08/15/2012 by mark novelli

22 rules of storytelling written by Pixar story artist Emma Coats illustrated in Lego by Alex Eylar. [HT:]

Google Street View Stop Motion Animation

Posted in creativity, story on 11/30/2011 by mark novelli

Fantastic creation using google street view and a toy car!

For a full description go HERE.

(HT: @kellydolan)

Ready for MERGE

Posted in about imago, communication, creativity, events, faith, gatherings, learning, story on 07/08/2011 by Kelly Dolan

Tomorrow, we head up to Cornerstone University with Michael Novelli and the rest of the team for MERGE 2011. Students and leaders will arrive Monday of next week, and we’re so happy to have a mix of new and returning groups joining us. As we’ve said on the blog before (and pretty much any time we talk about it), MERGE is one of our most favorite things we do each year.

One of the main reasons is that MERGE is a chance for us to take all that we are learning about narrative, experiential learning and creative communication, and use that learning to inspire us to try new things, new ways of learning and gathering. It’s the kind of stuff we think about and help other organizations with year round. But at MERGE, we get to personally be with student ministries for a week and do everything we can to help them truly experience God’s story, and find themselves in that story.

Another reason MERGE is a highlight for us is that the entire week is shaped by the students themselves. We don’t have a central communicator for the week. No one tells students exactly what they’re supposed to learn. Instead, we provide a wide range of creative experiences and a learner-centered environment where we trust God will speak directly to students throughout the day. As they go through the day, we have specific times when students share with one another what they are learning and how God has been speaking. In doing so, the students become the teachers of one another.

It’s really an amazing thing to watch, and we couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this event!

You can keep up with us throughout the week here, and on the MERGE Facebook page, or by following us on Twitter.

The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop…

Posted in story on 07/01/2011 by mark novelli

Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts

Posted in creativity, story on 02/09/2011 by mark novelli

I remember seeing this before Toy Story 3 and loving it!

I think it has to be the favorite to win the oscar.
To learn more about all the candidates for best animated short check out this article.


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