Do you want to spread your storytelling wings and pollinate the field of stories? Stories that are waiting in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of your audiences are to be activated and released like seeds to fertilising fields of possibility.

Catalyse engagement with your mission so that your stories continue to live and pollinate the hearts, minds, and hands of your audience.

Our Story Pollinators program will not only transform you from a good storyteller into a great storyteller but will also fertilise the field of engagement. You’ll learn to animate your audience’s social ecology so stories live on beyond the event. You will be a Story Pollinator, inspiring your audience to move from passive consumers to active pollinators!

You’ll work with expert storytelling and social ecology facilitators from the Wicked Elephants Co-op to animate the power of your storytelling. You’ll deliver more impactful messages to your audience – be they the media, your donors, supporters, volunteers, or your colleagues.

Our online Story Pollinators program is a dynamic and lively mix of exercises, theory, practice, and coaching. By the end of this program, you’ll gain confidence and delight in learning to craft and tell your stories in a way authentic to you and the audiences with whom you speak.

We shift from the old model of one-way delivery of information, where your audience is a passive consumer, to a pollinator model where your audience is animated and engaged in the landscape of change. Your stories will light up the field of stories in your audience’s social ecology and once we pollinate that rich nectar we get a blossoming of inspiration.

Responses from past participants –

Loved the carefully curated examples of pollination that you all presented; it all stirred my imagination and made such sense!   And I’ve come away with a strange sense of a gap, a question around what the audience can actually grip onto and run with from my own story – Helene Fisher, EarthWell

“ Pollination is now front and center of my ideation. The main purpose of creating events now is Pollination and getting the audience to retell the stories after they leave. I want to create events that have ripple effects.’ Kate Walsh, WELA

I really enjoyed the training sessions and found them valuable to consolidate my story and improve my storytelling delivery – Jo Love, Sea Health Products

I want to be a better storyteller for campfire events. I Got a lot more than that. I realize I can be a good storyteller – Nikki Thompson, Soil2Soul

I was so moved by Louise’s story and how she told it. I had met her before but felt deeply connected to her WHY and her essence after I heard her speak at the Story Pollinators event. Their process and approach result in super powerful narratives. Can’t wait to go through it myself. – Vicki Saunders, Coralus


You will learn

  • The neuroscience of stories
  • Story frameworks and techniques
  • How to frame key messages
  • Storytelling presence
  • Authentic storytelling
  • The social ecology of stories
  • Connection between Imagination and Story

This will generate…

  • Powerful speakers
  • A dynamic, vital social ecology
  • Trust and connection with audiences
  • A more engaged donor/supporter base

Dates and Times for February 2024 (all times in AEDT)

Thursday 22nd – 4 pm – 6-30pm

Friday 23rd- 4 pm – 6-30pm

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th – 10 am -12 pm -LUNCH – 2 – 4 pm

Tues/Wed 1.5hr coaching sessions (various times which we will work out to suit you)

The program culminates in an event where you share your story with a broad audience of supporters, friends, and colleagues.

Thursday 29th – 2.5hrs – early evening.



Your facilitators

Johanna de Ruyter – Story facilitator

Hello, I have been working with stories for 35 years now. I have a history of storytelling via my extensive theatre experience. Over the last 15 years, I have been translating my story-based theatre skills for organizational communication and delivering storytelling training for leaders worldwide.

Sophia Van Ruth – Story Facilitator

Hello, I have a playful history with stories. I am never happier than when eliciting stories using embodied exploration. Our bodies can be portals to authenticity, unearthing potent experiences and leading us effortlessly to the core of the matter. I am an experienced facilitator, having worked with groups for over 20 years.

The Social Ecology Team

Deb Collins

In Deb, an event producer meets the social ecologist, and a science communicator meets a dynamic facilitator. Deb loves making an online space sing, building community through shared inquiry and experience.

Dr Caresse Cranwell

Hi. I’m a storyteller and an award-winning short filmmaker! I’m also a spoken word poet as well as an eco -eco-philosopher and experiential therapist. Our stories are living ecologies. We create one another and the world through them. We need to consciously pay attention to what and how we’re creating.




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