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Looking for inspiration 3: Dave Eggers’ TED talk

Posted on | December 27, 2012 | 4 Comments

Today’s TED talk. by Dave Eggers, has got me looking at the empty shops in my town centre in a completely different way. A way that involves stories, kids, loads of fun, and buckets of imagination. Hmm… what if…!?

Eggers starts off rather nervously, but stick with him because his is an amazing and inspiring story.

Once you’ve watched the video (or even if you don’t have time to do that) I suggest you check out The Ministry of Stories – a UK spin off based on Eggers’ idea. They do all sorts of wonderful stuff in a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. They also sell Monster Supplies (wouldn’t you love a tin of The Collywobbles, for example?) and would love to hear from you if you’d like to help them out.

Now if anyone in Birmingham would like to set up something like this here, I’d love to hear from you. Shall we dream big?

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4 Responses to “Looking for inspiration 3: Dave Eggers’ TED talk”

  1. Rosalind
    December 27th, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    I had an amazing time visiting The Ministry of Stories in September (I blogged about it here – ) and came home with revitalised excitement and motivation for Story Seekers.
    I’d be very keen to join a team of people trying to get something similar going in Birmingham, so please do get in touch when you start pursuing the big dream!
    Loll :-)
    Rosalind recently posted..‘Twas the night before Christmas…

  2. Maeve
    December 30th, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    I loved that video too Zoe! I actually blogged about the Dublin branch (Fighting Words) when I visited the Centre back in March ( The work being done there is so exciting. It’s wonderful to see a good idea catching on – hope you get your Birmingham Story Centre soon!
    Maeve recently posted..Christmas Recommendations

  3. Zoe
    December 31st, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Thank Loll. I’ve got your number! Wouldn’t it be an amazing thing to set up in the Midlands?

    Thanks Maeve – yours is a great post, so glad you shared it.
    Zoe recently posted..The December 2012 Carnival of Children’s Literature

  4. Kyiah
    January 10th, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Thanks so much for this link, it’s really inspiring. Not to mention an important reminder of how important it is for kids to have individual attention to get the best out of themselves.

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