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About Robert Holtom

Robert Holtom is a narrative coach and writer. He trains individuals and organisations in the art and application of storytelling. He was campaigns director of the Eradicating Ecocide Initiative and is currently writing his first novel. His website is at  and he tweets @Robert_Holtom.

Articles by Robert Holtom

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The environmental movement: a blockbuster in the making?

Stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things are the building blocks of transformation, but they have to be told wisely and well.

Follow the leader, but which one?

Leadership isn’t a commodity to be outsourced to corporate figureheads and celebrities. It’s something that belongs to everyone.

We need more humans, not more heroes

Exaggerated by the growing celebrity culture of social change, hero worship is on the rise. In the process we risk rendering ourselves perpetually mediocre. 

The Tar Sands and the World Tree – can Ragnarok be avoided?

Norse mythology tells of Ragnarok, a cataclysmic disaster akin to ecocide. In order to avoid this fate we need new stories that reunite human experience with nature.

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