Finding Your Critical Stories
Journeys began as a media-music-storytelling show hosted by Jay Golden in a warehouse in the Mission in June of 2001. Stories were told through music, movies and dance amidst candlelight and chai tea service. But the show didn’t seem to end…one after another participant emailed to ask about the next show – telling Jay how they were telling stories differently, even creating their own Journeys nights at dinner parties among friends. That’s how one show grew into a series. The framework was simple: share the key stories of our lives – the ones that show our humanity, and most deeply connect us to one another. Then, weave in some music, and get the audience telling stories to one another, to create an immersive experience that would be remembered.
While a lot has changed back then (we no longer have pillows on the floor for example) Journeys has grown into a series of packed-house performance experiences in Berkeley’s Goldman Theater.
Today, the formula is similar: curated stories, coached storytellers, music, tea, and just the right amount of audience interaction. The show is driven by a specific theme (say, A-ha Moments, or The Turnaround), which guides the stories of the tellers as well as the audience. Participants are social innovators, artists, business people, non-profit people, and non-profits alike, including leaders in sustainability, micro-finance, natural foods, investing, packaged goods, public radio, river production, and the sharing economy. The shows are created by Wakingstar and have been sponsored by Numi Tea, Fearless Chocolate, the Hub, and Yerdle.
“I learned a tremendous amount about the power of stories, and about some cool new people. During the time I spent thinking about my aha moment and working with you on the story, I also learned a lot about myself.”
-Maya Chorengel, Journeys Participant, Founder and Managing Director, Elevar Equity
“I came to Jay with a lot of ideas, and threw a bunch of spaghetti against the wall. He took what I had and made a beautiful circle of stories.”
-Ahmed Rahim, Journeys Participant, Co-Founder and CEO, Numi Tea
“I went to a TEDx a few days before I attended Journeys. I thought Journeys was much more interesting, and much more connecting.”
-Sandie Dorman, Attendee, Board Member, Adversity2Advocacy