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Author, strategist, and cultural mythologist Dr. John Bucher serves as content curator for JCF (a designation that fails to capture everything he does he does for the Foundation), as well as a regular contributor to our weekly MythBlast essay series. Dr. Bucher has graciously consented to join us this week in Conversations of a Higher Order for a discussion of his latest essay in the MythBlast series (“Merlin, Mystic Master of Warrior Princes, and the Lost Art of Mentorship“) posted on JCF’s home page). Please feel free to join this conversation and engage John directly with your questions and comments.
Dr. Bucher is the author of six books, including the best-selling Storytelling for Virtual Reality, and has worked with companies including HBO, DC Comics, The History Channel, A24 Films, The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, as well as serving as a consultant and writer for numerous film, television, and Virtual Reality projects. John has spoken on 5 continents about using the power of story to reframe how products, individuals, organizations, cultures, and nations are viewed.
I will get us started with a few questions and comments, but no telling where the conversation will go from there. It will be your thoughts, reactions, observations and insights that expand this beyond just another interview into a communal exchange of ideas – true “conversations of a higher order.”
So let’s begin:
Dr. Bucher – one observation that stands out for me from your essay is, “Many mentors-in-waiting have not yet answered the call because they feel they don’t appear to be the type of wisdom-bringer media culture has sculpted for us.” One doesn’t necessarily apply to be a mentor – rather, it’s a calling. Considering the Call sometimes sneaks up on one, is it possible to be a mentor and not know it? Or is a mentor always conscious of her or his role?
And a second question: how would you describe the difference between the role of a mentor, and that of a teacher – or is there a difference?
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