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Our Program: Storytelling And Making A Difference…

The magic of storytelling…

Our program is about how, though the magic of storytelling, we can make a difference for the better in people’s lives…

In this video,  Michael Friedlander,  our program’s founder, offers an introduction to the program. He explains what was the inspiration for the program and what is his global vision for it. Finally, he explains what makes our approach to storytelling so different…

What inspired the program…

As Michael explains in the video, a Native-American saying and a remarkable Nelson Mandela thought inspired the program  —

Native-American Saying: Storytelling
                        Native-American Saying: Storytelling
Nelson Mandela: Storytelling
                               Nelson Mandela: Making a difference…

Michael then connected the dots and asked himself this —

“Could we find stories,” he asked, “that might live in your hearts forever? And could those same stories offer gifts that could make a difference for the better in your lives?”

He decided we could…

And thus it was that our program, The-Gift-Tree, and our foundation, The-Gift-Tree Foundation, came to be…

Our storytelling vision…

Our vision is to create a global community that embraces the idea that the magic of storytelling can indeed make a difference for the better in the lives of those we touch.

Our storytelling program is different…

Our stories are different in that each of our stories has these four characteristics —

Each is a story…

Strange as this may seem, what we offer are stories. We don’t preach. We don’t proselytize. And we don’t offer streams of consciousness or reflections from an icy mountain top about life’s inner meaning. And, finally, we don’t offer lists of the 10 best ways to do something or other. No, what we offer are stories…

Each must offer one or more gifts…

Each of our stories must contain a gift that can make a difference for the better in your life. And each gift must apply to absolutely everyone — students, professionals, athletes, artists, writers, entertainers, farmers and politicians…

Each is true…

Each of our stories must also be true. Mark Twain wrote that the truth is stranger than fiction because, unlike the truth, fiction has to make sense. This is why we love true stories. And this is why all of our stories are true…

Each story is compelling and shareable…

Finally, each of our stories must compel you to share them with your friends, families, colleagues, lovers and ex-lovers — and even total strangers. This why our stories are simple and our gifts profound…

Our hopes…

Firstly, we hope you’ll love our stories — and that they’ll find a way into your hearts…

Secondly, we hope our program will inspire you to make a difference in the lives of those you touch…

And, finally, we hope you’ll not only share our stories, but that you’ll dust off your own stories and that you’ll share them too…

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Our Stories and Storytellers…

Our Management Team…

Our Advisory Board…

Our Foundation…

The beauty of storytelling
                  The beauty and awe of storytelling…

making a difference for the better…