Entries Tagged as 'Storytelling'

Lions do not eat catfood

July 6, 2015

I am on a mission. And the mission is to make you realise that whatever you need to know in this life, you are going to learn it from a picturebook. The truth is that I read an amazing storybook recently and I wanted to share the story with you. It’s about Clemence who wants a pet, but her parents are very clear, ‘Neither a cat, nor a dog!’ So Clemence, being very obedient, brings a lion. Unapologetically funny scenes follow:

Her mom decides to move out of country at the mere sight of the lion.

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Clemence takes good care of the lion, but when lions have to go, they do not settle for small potties.


And, isn’t it apparent? Everyone loves that lion.

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 Clemence does not have to worry about buying special food for the feline. And this is what has raised criticism among some parents: that the lion provides itself with the food it needs. And it is definitely not cat food. Or oat biscuits.

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Personally, I loved this story because of its humour, the irony between words and pictures and that the writer did not try to domesticate the lion or turn it into something it is not. It let it be itself and wander in Clemence’s universe being exactly what it was.

There are so many avenues one could go with this book, but if I were to focus on the lion’s character, it seems that this storybook is such a great reminder to be unapologetically yourself. Love yourself, take care of yourself, let yourself love what they love.

As Chris Brogan says: Don’t settle: Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you‘re not on the right path, get off it.

A lion won’t eat cat food, why should you?

I read the story in Greek, in translation from the French Les Lions Ne Mangent Pas De Croquettes, by André Bouchard from Ekdoseis Diaplasis

Let’s mess with the way people tell stories

July 1, 2014

First of all, I have exciting news to share: the proposal for The Socialholic Typewriter is amongst the winners of the mahallae challenge! I am so thankful to everyone who supported and believed in this idea. The Socialholic Typewriter is amongst the 5 winning  ideas out of the 43 which were originally submitted to mahallae’s call, so it is definitely a great honour to be included in a diverse group of amazing tech-enabled peace initiatives: for example, i-vee, a game which aims to subtly encourage volunteerism or Yu-Biz, a platform dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs cooperate and initiate their professional career. Click the link below to read more about the rest of the winning proposals.

Last week I flew to Cyprus to attend a two-day intensive workshop led by Helena Puig Larrauri, a brilliant peace building practitioner who guided us through user centered design.  Helena blogged about the workshop here. During these two days we got to really break down our ideas,  prototype  them and pitch them to a group of people. Here is a short video of the preparation.

Of course a lot of the content was tweetable, so there you go:

At the end of the two-day workshop I was exhausted, but happy! Helena says, ‘It’s been a fantastic, exhausting and messy few days.’ And I actually love the messy part best of all. Because I feel that innovation comes from connecting the seemingly unconnected, creating a mess, a beautiful one, that will hopefully succeed in doing what it set out to do.

Honestly, I am so excited to be able to work on an idea which combines creative writing, visual art and technology at this particular time, as I feel that the impact of a social innovation in storytelling can be great. Earlier this month, I attended a hackathon on publishing which had participants (hackers, developers, entrepreneurs) find innovative ways to merge books and technology in order to address challenges in publishing. What stuck with me are the opening remarks by Matthew Cashmore, Digital Director of Blackwell’s Bookshop:


So what are you waiting for? Let’s mess with the way people tell stories! Drop us an email on info@readingthelines.com

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