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Six-Word Memoirs

Six-Word Memoirs

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Gordon Eby
March 9th, 2013

I was recently helping a colleague think through a collaborative workshop design and was introduced to the idea of the six-word memoir. According to SMITH Magazine, Earnest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in six words. His response was: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Brilliant.

My colleague Kristen proposed to use a six-word story activity as a way of establishing a current state snapshot as to where an organization is in an initiative.

It got me thinking about using six words to describe the work we do. We have one cut already, our tagline:

Come together

Think better

Move forward

A pretty good start. So here’s a challenge: what are your six-word collaboration stories? Here’s mine:

Better outcomes developed with collective intent.

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