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Friendly Reminder -- Friday, Dec 4th: IHMA Intellectual Shaman discussion "Spirit & Storytelling" with David Boje & Sandra Waddock, 12-1pm ET

  • 1.  Friendly Reminder -- Friday, Dec 4th: IHMA Intellectual Shaman discussion "Spirit & Storytelling" with David Boje & Sandra Waddock, 12-1pm ET

    Posted 12-03-2020 03:31
    Please join IHMA with Sandra Waddock and David Boje for a discussion that explores how Spirit manifests through our storytelling systems.

    About this Event

    Please join the International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) and Sandra Waddock (Boston College) for an Intellectual Shaman Conversation with David Boje (Aalborg University, Denmark; Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University) on Spirit and Storytelling.

    Date: Friday, December 4

    Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EDT)

    Location: Web conferencing, details will be sent before the event once your RSVP is received" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Click here to register

    The International Humanistic Management Association (IHMA) welcomes you to join Sandra Waddock with David Boje (Aalborg University; Professor Emeritus, New Mexico State University), prolific author on storytelling systems research and antenarrative, for an Intellectual Shamans webinar on December 4, 2020, at noon EDT.

    The Intellectual Shaman series is hosted by IHMA as a Faculty Development format. It is co-sponsored by the Galligan Chair of Strategy at Boston College. 

    David's journey is punctuated as follows:

    David Boje met Grace Ann Rosile in 1995, and immediately become vegetarian. Grace Ann took him to meet the Jain monk, Gurudev Chitrabhanu, who said, "David you are Arihunt, that is your Jain name." David listened, taking notes on every word. He wrote, Arihunt means 'conqueror of inner enemies.' After meditating on his inner enemies every morning for ten years, he returned exhausted to the monk and asked for a new name. Gurudev informed David, "You misheard me, Arihunt means you have no enemies, everyone is your friend." That began a very different spiritual journey. In August 2020, after a Vision Quest on the Organ mountains, Mike ThreeBears gifted David a new name, 'Surrenders to Spirit.' David actively listened, and wrote down, 'Sacrifices to Spirit.' These stories of mis-hearing illustrate the difference between deep listening and actually hearing spirit. In 2010, David became interested in Shamanic Drumming, looking for a way to help extend the life of Grace Ann's Arabian stallion, Nahdion, her friend for over 30 years. David brought a rock from the Land of Enchantment, and flew to California to learn basics of 'rock divination' and the practices of 'core shamanism' to help Nahdion. Returning, he drummed while descending to commune with several Lower World spirits, so Nahdion would be able to drink, eat, and poop. When it was time for Nahdion to pass on, David drummed, journeying to Upper World spiritual teachers, during Nahdion's transition to Lower World. David leads a shamanic drumming group that meets each week on Zoom, sharing stories, doing divination, and answering requests for healing people, animals, and practicing nature-intuitive ways of knowing (

    David's intellectual journey includes:

    David has contributed 27 books and 150 journal articles to studying one problem for 45 years: He introduced the now widely-used concept of antenarrative, a prospective sensemaking (foresight) and intuitive-world (the beyond of spirit) in the field of storytelling systems research. When his wife, Grace Ann Rosile, was working on her 'Tribal Wisdom' book, David said, "You know (indigenous) Native American storytelling is different from the way Europeans (Euro-Westerners) tell stories. The Indigenous ways are more like what we call 'living story' way of Being-in-the-World." From there, David and Grace Ann built more work/research around indigenous storytelling and ethics, and that lead to current work on ensemble leadership, and ensemble storytelling. His most recent books: True Storytelling (2021, Routledge, Francis & Taylor) with Jens Larsen and Lena Bruun; Doing Conversational Storytelling Interviewing for Your Dissertation (2020, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.) with Grace Ann Rosile. David and Grace Ann's work on 'embodied restorying' and their work with veterans and others support their process to get unstuck from problem-saturated narratives of past trauma, and develop antenarrative prospective sensemaking of futures of well-being. David retired from New Mexico State University, with highest honors as Regents Professor and Distinguished Scholar Professorship, and is now Professor Emeritus. He immediately become professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. See publications with online books and articles at

    Facilitator Bio

    Sandra Waddock is Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management at Boston College's Carroll School of Management. Winner of numerous awards, Sandra has published about 150 papers and multiple books, including Healing the World (Routledge/Greenleaf, 2017) and Intellectual Shamans (Cambridge, 2014). Current research interests include large system change, corporate responsibility, intellectual shamanism, and management education.

    Erica L. Steckler, Ph.D.
    Co-Director, Donahue Center for Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
    Assistant Professor, Department of Management
    Manning School of Business
    University of Massachusetts Lowell