Forward / Story

leesean
leesean
May 20, 2015 · 6 min read
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Forward/Story 2015 cohort http://www.forwardslashstory.com/storytellers/2015-participants/ -Photo by Trevor Francis

“Let go and let story”
— Matthew C. Mills

We were told very little beforehand by design — just where to meet for airport pick-up, a bit about what to pack, emergency contact information, and a request to bring a gift and to prepare a 10-minute presentation about our work and creative process.

1. Signal

The signal is the light in the sky to call for heroes. It is the banner to rally the movement. It’s the story of what your community is about.

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Sound the signal with these terra cotta bird whistles from Costa Rica!
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Our conference room

2. Space

It took me two flights and a 5-hour van ride across bumpy and often unpaved roads to reach the Forward/Story venue. Some of us came from even farther afield. This created a sense of anticipation for the experience. Just getting there was an investment in time to make the reward of the experience all the more valuable.

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Storytellers socializing at Al Chile, Nosara, Costa Rica http://www.vozdeguanacaste.com/en/food-guide/food-news/al-chile-mexican-restaurant-home-great-tacos

3. Structure

Now that Forward/Story has happened for two years in a row, it has a history and is on the path towards becoming a tradition. History and tradition are structures that shape and offer scaffolding for a community to stay together and grow.

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Campfire from the final night of Forward/Story 2015

“Madame, all stories, if continued far enough, end in death, and he is no true-story teller who would keep that from you” — Ernest Hemingway

Travel Tip

If you are ever in Nosara, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, check out the Sunset Shack Hotel. It’s where we stayed for Forward/Story. The staff is amazingly nice and attentive, the food and drinks impeccable and the location a handy few steps from the beach.

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