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Wonderful stories and wonderful people! A few of the cartoons inspired by stories at Weaving Stories together – the Sydney International Storytelling Conference , last weekend, 27-29th May.

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Green Eggs LR pic


John Kruger continues chronicling his son Stone’s life, from birth to young boy, in the SA Kids magazine. In this issue he writes about bedtime reading and how he is not as keen as Stone on Dr Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham.


Bob Dick is well known as an action researcher, an elder of  facilitation in Australia, and an international figure in the field of Action Learning and Action Research – as facilitator Andrew Rixon, writes in his introduction to Bob’s Approaching Change – one story at a time, 20 stories and insights for coaches, facilitators, trainers and change leaders; an e-book to be launched next week – more details and buy it here.

Bob Dick begins his collection with ‘…the discovery of the virtues of story as intervention and story for diagnosis.’ Tools for change!

These illustrations are just hints to the story gems in this book.

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do I want this job pic


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Drop dead sir pic

Mick, Jane and Me, Living well with MS is a book written by Adelaide poet Carolyn Cordon. Mick and Jane are the names of her sticks.  Carolyn writes:

When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)/… I wanted to have a book like the one I’ve written here -/a book with the feelings, medicines, processes/ emotions and misunderstandings/ I had to work through/ to find a place of peace within.

Carolyn also created a blog to go with her memoir – click here.

For the book she wanted an illustration at the start of each chapter. Because the book has so much to say:  Carolyn’s  story,  thoughts, ideas, and information, I ended up with many more illustrations than was needed.

Below are a few of the pictures.  Together they do tell some of Carolyn’s story.

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The Continence Gang – published in 2001 – was a comic book written by Esther Quintal for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Esther wrote that ‘Continence is something my people do not understand … It is clear that incontinence is a problem and causes shame for many’. It was a challenge getting the ideas and messages into pictures, but  a lot of fun as  Esther encouraged me not to hold back.

Last week Marjory Kobold, one of the coordinators of the project phoned to say that Esther had died.

Esther’s book was one of the most popularly requested Government publications. Here is the cover and opening story:

Continence Gang cover

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In a slightly deluded belief that providing a cloud for uploading files is cutting edge community development ‘Global cloud computing giant, has defended its plans to trademark the term ‘social enterprise’ world wide’. Click here to read the story on the Pro Bono website.

Quoting from the article:

‘US author and social entrepreneur, Auren Kaplan responded … saying “the trademarking of “social enterprise” by Salesforce degrades the work of social entrepreneurs all over the world, and is unacceptable.”


‘Many responses … have described the moves as absurd, ridiculous, foolish and brand suicide’.


Here is today’s NFP Kneebone cartoon for Pro Bono News:






John McKenna is a well-known Australian disability commentator, and this week publishes his 80th  post on his blog. (It is also his 50th birthday this week – more reason to celebrate!).

For some time,  in collaboration with John,  I have been drawing  cartoons to illustrate some of his posts.

The Melbourne branch of the School for Social Entrepreneurs  had the evaluation of their 2011 program on November 24th. The 16 participants reflected and shared significant stories with the help of a History Trip Activity.

I was there to illustrate some of the stories in cartoons.

The photographs show the History Trip spreading across the wall, along with stories, notes, jottings and cartoons – a visualisation of the participants’ 2011 experiences.

Below are a few of the cartoons.