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NARRATIVE INTELLIGENCE: Using the Power of Story to Transform what Happens

  • Friday, May 20, 2016
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Wesley Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016


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Friday, May 20th


Carol Pearson

People today, perhaps especially those in the DC area, aspire to combine personal fulfillment with making a difference.  Yet, in times of turmoil, conflict, and major change, any of us can be thrown off course, especially if we also are grappling in our personal lives with loss, rejection, failure, no-win choices, or feeling undervalued by others or stressed by demanding multiple roles. 

This lecture is designed for women and men who want to claim or reclaim their heroic capacity to combine personal happiness with effectiveness.  Neuroscience teaches us that what we see as reality is filtered through patterns in our minds that we too often take to be objectively real, but are only partial truths.  Archetypal psychology shows us that we can recognize such patterns in imagery and narratives.  To change what actually happens in our lives – as individuals and as a society – it is important to recognize what universal stories we are in, to correct the biases in what we perceive through learning from what others are noticing, and revise narratives we are thinking and telling.  Shifting our stories helps us to achieve more generative sharing and find win/win answers to what can appear to be intractable problems.  When these new, empowering images and stories are archetypal and expressed in that archetype’s emerging edge, the result is energy for moving forward in more effective ways.

Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., D. Min., is best known for books such as The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By; Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes To Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes (co-authored by Margaret Mark); The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (ed.); and, just released, Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroine Within. Dr. Pearson served most recently as Executive Vice President/Provost and then President of Pacifica Graduate Institute. Previously, she was Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  She and her husband, David Merkowitz, recently returned to the Washington, D.C. area after six years in sunny Santa Barbara, CA.


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