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Introducing the Jedemi Gang

The Jedemi Chronicles are a mythological tale of spirits (AKA The Gang) from the past who show up as everyday characters in an offbeat Silicon Valley café for the sole purpose of inspiring many of the people who stop by. Learn more in this brief deck.

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Introducing the Jedemi Gang

  1. 1. Introducing the Jedemi Gang “Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself.”
  2. 2. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 2 Introducing the Jedemi Gang In a world where nothing seems to connect to anything...
  3. 3. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 3 Introducing the Jedemi Gang Where folks are rushing about, day-to-day, getting there and back, making things happen...
  4. 4. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 4 Introducing the Jedemi Gang While deep down feeling that there must be more to life than this...
  5. 5. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 5 Introducing the Jedemi Gang There arrived in a cafe, spirits from the past on a mission...
  6. 6. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 6 Introducing the Jedemi Gang To provide context, clues & connections that help re-kindle & inspire the creative spirit.
  7. 7. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 7 Introducing the Jedemi Gang
  8. 8. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 8 Introducing the Jedemi Gang  Spirits of people who lived in the same general period of time.  It is possible that they knew of each other or were exposed to the same influences.
  9. 9. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 9 Introducing the Jedemi Gang  They are…  Heroes** with characteristics worth emulating  Empathic listeners  Excellent storytellers **A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
  10. 10. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 10 Introducing the Jedemi Gang
  11. 11. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 11 Introducing the Jedemi Gang  Spirits of people who lived in the same general period of time  It is possible that they knew of each other or were exposed to the same influences
  12. 12. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 12 Introducing the Jedemi Gang  Frankie - Frank Capra (filmmaker)  Joey - Joseph Campbell (teacher/storyteller)  Frannie - Frances Marion (screenwriter)  Doc - Ed Ricketts (Marine biologist & philosopher)  X - Antoine Saint Exupery (writer & pilot)  Tommie - Thomas Edison (inventor & resident techie) These are the ones who were the first to take up residency at the Jedemi Café.
  13. 13. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 13 Introducing Frankie Frankie – Filmmaker Frank Capra [b1897 May 18 -- d1991]  Capra was an Academy Award-winning director whose movies were suffused with affectionate portrayals of the common man and the strengths and foibles of American democracy.  He was the first to win three directorial Oscars -- for "It Happened One Night" (1934), "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936) and "You Can't Take It With You" (1938).  Most know him for "It's a Wonderful Life."  He is also noted for his “one-man, one film” approach – complete control from concept to delivery. Notable Quotables  "A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something."  "There are no rules in filmmaking, only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness."  "What interests people most is people."
  14. 14. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 14 Introducing Joey Joey – Mythologist/Teacher Joseph Campbell [b1904 Mar 26 – d1987]  Campbell was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion.  "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" (1949) is one of his best-known books. It discusses the monomyth cycle of the hero's journey, a pattern found in many cultures.  George Lucas has said he based Star Wars on ideas from 'Hero.'  The PBS Series, "The Power of Myth" with Bill Moyers (first broadcast in 1988) catapulted Campbell's visibility. Notable Quotables include:  "The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."  "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls."  "Never get into a rut. Never do work that does not help you achieve an ambition worthy of your talents. Keep physically and mentally alive."
  15. 15. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 15 Introducing Frannie Frannie – Scriptwriter/Artist Frances Marion [b1888 Nov 18 – d1973]  Marion was an American motion picture screenwriter whose 25-year career spanned the silent and sound eras.  Credited with writing 325 scripts --every conceivable genre.  Won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1930 for the film “The Big House” (first female to win).  Received the Academy Award for Best Story for “The Champ” in 1932.  She scripted vehicles for Mary Pickford and Marion Davies plus directed and produced half a dozen films.  Was the first Allied woman to cross the Rhine in WWI  She painted, sculpted, spoke several languages fluently, and played concert caliber piano. Notable Quotables  "The friendliness that existed among the studio personnel always amazed people on the outside; it was because there was no such thing as an easy job and each individual respected the problems and hard work of the other fellow."
  16. 16. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 16 Introducing StX StX – Pilot / Writer Antoine de St. Exupery [b1900 Jun 29– d1944]  de Saint-Exupéry was a French aviator and the author of the children's fable The Little Prince (1943).  He also wrote novels. Southern Mail (1929), Night Flight (1931) and Wind, Sand and Stars (1939) brought him critical and popular success.  A veteran of France's air service (1921-23), he spent most of his working life in commercial aviation.  He flew postal routes across Spain into Africa Notable Quotables include:  "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."  "True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."  "A goal without a plan is just a wish."
  17. 17. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 17 Introducing Doc Doc – Marine Biologist / Philosopher Ed Ricketts [b1897 May 14– d1948]  Ricketts was a pioneer in ecology and the inspiration for countless marine biologists.  Known for Between Pacific Tides (1939), he’s probably the only scientist in history to have 15 animal species and a nightclub named after him.  He was a mentor to Joseph Campbell and muse to John Steinbeck, who used Ed as the model for some of his most memorable characters.  The Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951) was a collaboration with Steinbeck.  Per Steinbeck: "Everyone near him was influenced by him, deeply and permanently. Some he taught how to think, others how to hear. He taught everyone without seeming to." Notable Quotables include: • "Happy, happy people work rapidly, efficiently and integratedly – no conflict outer or inner…” • "No one can make a deeper contribution to life than by having fun, if in dancing, or writing, or going places, or making a good relation…"
  18. 18. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 18 Introducing Tommie Tommie – Inventor / Businessman Thomas Edison [b1847 Feb 11– d1931]  Edison was the most prolific inventor in American history –having developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world: the first commercial light bulb, a universal stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, electrical power, recorded music, motion pictures, and more.  He amassed a record 1,093 patents covering key innovations and minor improvements in wide range of fields, including telecommunications, electric power, sound recording, motion pictures, primary and storage batteries, and mining and cement technology. Notable Quotables include:  "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."  "If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves."  "To do much clear thinking a person must arrange for regular periods of solitude when they can concentrate and indulge the imagination without distraction."
  19. 19. Jedemi (May 2017): Page 19 Introducing Dossie Dossie – Writer/Scholar/Ad Copywriter Dorothy Sayers [b1883 Jun 13 – d1957]  Sayers, a renowned English crime writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist.  She worked for several years as a copywriter for the London advertising firm Bensons (brands included Guinness, Coleman’s mustard)  She created Lord Peter Wimsey an English aristocrat and amateur sleuth who appeared in a series of detective novels.  Later on in her life, shifted her attention to pursue her other interests which included writing essays and books (“Mind of the Maker) and an English translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Notable Quotable  “The business of the creator is not to escape from his material medium or to bully it, but to serve it; but to serve it he must love it. If he does so, he will realize that its service is perfect freedom. This is true, not only of all literary art but of all creative art...” Note: Dossie joined the gang after reading about the Enchanted Jukebox. She visited and decided to stay. Helped with “The Taming of the Suit.”
  20. 20. Introducing the Jedemi Gang You can learn more about The Gang at and through The Jedemi Chronicles