In 1989 Richard Stone, the StoryWork Institute's founder, had the good fortune to sit next to a couple of backpackers while traveling home on an airplane from a hiking trip.
They asked him if he
had ever attended the National Storytelling Festival.
Not only had he
not attended, but he
also had never heard of the Festival or storytelling as an art form.
subsequent visit to the Festival was life changing, resulting in the creation of the StoryWork Institute
devotion to using storytelling to make our world a better place in which to live and work.
About Richard Stone
has also been a nationally recognized presenter.
talks focus on the power of storytelling to transform healthcare, healing relationships, and enhance a culture of caring.
In addition, Richard developed the Disney Institute's initial StoryArts curricula, as well as taught at the Institute once the facility opened in 1996; instructed parents through his program Healing the Family Circle Through the Art of Storytelling; has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College teaching courses on storytelling and its applications in community life.
is the author of two books: Stories: The Family Legacy , a guide for sharing and recollection, and The Healing Art of Storytelling . He
is currently working on a new book focused on stories to be shared by parents at the dinner table, and has just finished a new screenplay entitled On the Spot .
Most recently, Richard founded the Imagine This Company, an organization that is developing television, educational curricula, and home based games and activities based on using storytelling as a tool to enhance the literacy and imaginative skills of children ages 8 to 15.
Richard serves on the National Boards of Directors of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough , TN , and the Spiritual Eldering Institute in Boulder, CO.
In a previous career, Richard was the president of Stone/Golabuk Marketing & Advertising in Orlando , Florida .