This episode I sit down with Julian Mocine-McQueen and talk about the art of storytelling. We discuss the importance and impact of a person’s story and how it’s Julian’s passion to help people tap into that with his organization the Million Person Project. From running around the streets of Oakland, to traveling the world helping people find their voice and tell their stories.
Julian Mocine McQueen is an Oakland Ca. native raised in rural Northern California.He brings years of organizing, facilitation and training experience to his role as the co-founder, Training Director and Lead Facilitator for the Million Person Project. The Million Person Project exists to support leaders to harness the power of personal narrative to serve the most important movements of our time.Since 2011 they have worked with over 3,000 leaders from across the US and 71 different countries. The Million Person Project team has formed partnerships, coached leaders and facilitated trainings in Vietnam, South Africa, Uganda, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Turkey, and Brazil. In addition to his work with the Million Person Project, Julian utilizes story to help organizations explore their relationship and commitment to justice and equity so that they may ensure their structures, norms, practices and culture are inclusive, safe and generative for all people.
Prior to the Million Person Project Julian was a founding team member of Van Jone’s nationally renowned green economy organization Green For All. His career is fueled by a strong belief in authentic movements that are powered by people. To this end, he co- created Green For All’s College Ambassador program, which cultivates environmental leaders at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And launched Green For All’s Fellowship program, working to weave together and support the leadership of 135 seasoned organizers from all over the United States. In 2015, Julian was recognized by Huffington Post as one of “10 Leaders reshaping the Environmental Movement.” He and his Partner Heather Box were recognized as one of 16 projects to watch in 2016 by Grist, and Julian was a member of the inaugural “Grist 50” environmental change makers list. In 2019, he co- wrote the book, “How Your Story Set You Free,” published by Chronicle Books. He is the father to Roman, who is now walking...watch out!