Storytelling as a portal for us to Envision and Imagine a New World
CCF's Partnership with Storyteller, Author and Poet - Jeffrey Bates

Why?

I have the experience of a young student coming up to me and asking, “How do you know what it feels like to be me?

When those “lights” come on, I know that something is happening. And I have witnessed this too many times to count.

How would you answer a child who asked you that question? What would you say? What does it feel like to be you?

-Jeffrey
https://startexploringnow.net

Suitability:

  • Schools
  • School Districts
  • Parental and Children Support Organizations
  • Libraries
  • Events
  • On-line Groups

Program Reviews

New and Interesting... "Jeff is very passionate and it shows, he's very good at what he does and I very much enjoyed the experience of connecting with people I would do it again and recommend it to anyone who would like a new interesting real experience."
Steve
Merritt Island, FL
“This was, for me, a truly magical experience! Jeff’s voices brought the story to life for me. It is so refreshing, in the age of the screen, to allow my mind to show me the story and wander, as it will, to new feelings and places.”
Anne Marie
Melbourne, FL
Don't Miss Out! If you get the chance to attend Jeff's storytelling, don't miss out. It is such a treat!
Mark
Jacksonville, FL
Critical to get in touch with ourselves! The Power of Jeff's Storytelling is Deep and Powerful. It leaves the recipient with a unique perspective due to their own interpretation and needs. I have been blessed to hear Jeff's stories on many occasions and I am amazed how different my perspective is every time.
Henry Baker
CCF CEO

Jeffrey Bates (BA, MDIV, CLC) CCF’s Director of Engagement and Support

Mr. Bates is an expert at creating listening and story telling environments. Small business and large business can benefit hugely from creating these “kinds of spaces.” Jeff says. If story telling is to mean anything to us, we must, “start learning to listen again. Telling a story is only half the equation.” Jeff says.  Most of post-modern Westerners have only learned to listen to see if see agree of disagree with what someone else is saying.  Jeff thinks we need to learn to listen to the “inside of ourselves” and “reignite our imaginations.”  Besides a BA in Sociology and Religion, he earned a Master of Divinity degree and most recently became a certified Life Coach (UDEMY, 2019).  He is building his “FULL-FILLMENT LIFE COACHING” business along with his writing and story telling ventures.  He is the father of two adult children. His son recently joined the Navy.  In the coming months he will be working with the Buckminster Fuller Institute (bfi.org) and the Design Science Project (2021-22) on a play that he has been envisioning. He lives and writes in Cape Canaveral, Florida where he enjoys watching rockets go into space, the waves crashing on the beach and riding his bike to Starbucks. Most rece

Works by Jeffrey Bates

Hear and experience the story of the Little Bucket as told by the author, Jeffrey Bates. What happens to us when we hide from our feelings? Find out by following along as Jeff tells his story. You may register your small group event and Jeff will tell you the story and engage in a time of thoughtful reflection.  Book him soon!  

https://www.startexploringnow.net/the-little-bucket

See all 6 of Jeff’s children’s books at https://startexploringnow.net

**2015 New York Book Festival Honorable Mention**
**2015 Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention**
**2016 Great Southeast Book Festival Honorable Mention**
**2016 New England Book Festival Honorable Mention**

Amazon Reviews of The Little Bucket

As a therapeutic adoptive parent, having tools to illustrate what internal resources are available to a child in the long process of healing trauma is essential. The Little Bucket is such a resource."
Boysen Hodgson
The Mankind Project USA - Foster Parent, Amazon Review
I think it is really an inspiring book that will help children learn to think for themselves, think better of themselves, interact in a healthy way with others, and learn how to trust themselves in a confusing world."
Hope Wood
Amazon Reviewsigner
The Little Bucket presents such a profound lesson in a way that children can understand and begin to utilize themselves. The author visited the school where I teach 4-5yr old preschoolers, and their ability to understand and comprehend the book's meaning was amazing. A great learning tool for both home and school!"
Sara Gilkerson
Pre-School Teacher Amazon Review

BUT(T) The Podcast... a silly play on words, but hey it made you look!

“From Seoul with Soul” – Wendy Do – International Exchange Student

As a senior in High School, living in St. Louis, Missouri for the past 5 years, having the experience of being an International Exchange Student, Wendy Do has an engaging conversation with Jeff about creativity, academics and what she feels is missing in the educational life of most kids in the world. Is it any surprise that anxiety and depression are high when our young adults are put to the test of passing or failing, which is often translated as a present point trajectory for a future life path? As you listen, you will hear that this is the posture of education “across the globe” even in Seoul. Jeff shares some of his own experiences around being confused by the early presence of a preSTEM testing system as a young man – some 40 years ago. Is our failure or success determined only by whether or not we allow ourselves to be shaped by a sySTEM that seeks to make us conform to IT?  Where is the human element – where are, as Wendy and Jeff reflect, the creative and imaginative impulses in the classroom? How is the neglect of these very important human character aspects adding to the sense of meaninglessness and pointlessness that so many of our young people feel? The day is calling us to re-evaluate Character as an important, currently virtually missing, aspect of our education – as it was for the Greeks so many thousands of years ago – when they reminded themselves to “Know Yourself.” 

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