Dr. Rick Stevenson
 

Filmmaker. Philosopher. Listener.

 
 
 
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Rick Stevenson is leading the practice of guided verbal journaling to unlock self-discovery, emotional intelligence and personal narrative empowerment. 

He has filmed over 5500 in-depth interviews with kids and teens from 12 countries as part of a longitudinal project using his StoryQ method of inquiry dedicated to raising emotional intelligence. He is a creative and passionate combination of award-winning filmmaker and Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University. He has directed, produced, and/or written twelve feature films and 100 hours of television, working with artists such as Robert Redford, Hugh Grant, Christopher Plummer, Kiefer Sutherland, Meg Ryan, and Patrick Dempsey. He’s an author, a public speaker, a husband, and a father of four who splits his time between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.

My mission is to help create a generation of self-empowered game-changers who realize that the choices they make every moment of every day can help them become exactly who they wish to be—to give individuals tools to unlock the power of their own personal stories and discover that they can in fact be the authors of their own lives.

Rick’s Story

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON—Age 3

Goes deaf for a year due to chronic bronchitis. Discovers favorite childhood picture book: Harold and the Purple Crayon—a book about a boy who becomes the author of his own life using his purple crayon...

FIRST LOVE—Age 7

Falls in love with Jackie Kennedy, setting his romantic expectations extremely high.

FATHER’S DAY—Age 10

Father becomes one of the youngest school superintendents in America, setting professional expectations extremely high. Months later discovers downside of having father as a school superintendent after father fails to declare a "snow day."

SCHOOL DAZE—Ages 17-23

Graduates high school, earns Bachelor’s degree at Whitman College, Master’s at London School of Economics, works for Senator HM Jackson, interns for Peter Jennings at ABC News, and starts Doctorate of Philosophy at Oxford University—exhausting any further options for avoiding career decisions.

BITTEN—Age 24

Gets the Film Bug and produces first feature film at Oxford University starring a young Hugh Grant.

AUTHOR, DOCTOR, DIPLOMAT—Age 24

Completes Doctorate of Philosophy, publishes first book on US-Soviet detente. Makes plans to join the Foreign Service. Still single.

SECOND THOUGHTS—Age 24

Revolutionary students in Iran take over 50 American hostages, causing him to rethink plans of joining the Foreign Service. Still single.

GOES HOLLYWOOD—Age 25

Gets invited to Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute and signs with the William Morris Agency as filmmaker.

STORYTELLING 101—Age 25

Pursues multiple award-winning film career eventually covering a dozen feature films, a hundred hours of television and working with such actors as Redford, Grant, Meg Ryan, Kiefer Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, Patrick Dempsey, and Jennifer Connelly. But still single.

SELF DISCOVERY 101—Age 43

Gets serious about finding the right person and discovers the problem has been the Man in the Mirror. Embraces Emotional Intelligence as a means to set us free from our own emotional prison.

TRUE LOVE—Age 44

Meets Julie, who is even better than Jackie. Gets married and inherits two kids with the deal.

5000 DAYS—Age 45

To work at home he starts the 5000 Days Project with 60 kids from north Seattle to create documentaries about childhood.

9/11—Age 46

Discovers kids need and want to talk on a much deeper level in order to process a post-9/11 world. Project focuses less on documentaries and more on helping the interviewees process the world around them. Develops relationship with Dr. John Medina, Brain Science friend.

EXPANDING THE PROJECT—Age 47

Demand for The 5000 Days Project grows, eventually covering kids from all six inhabitable continents.

GENERATIONS—Age 48

Son Oliver is born, daughter Leah is adopted, and soon after parents pass on.

CAMPFIRE 101— Age 52

Prodigy Camp is born in an attempt to influence future influencers with the power and majesty of their own stories.

BIRTH OF STORYQ—Age 53

Demand leads to birth of StoryQ Technology which goes on to collect over 300,000 clips from people across the world. StoryQ methodology is scaled.

SPREADING THE WORD AND MISSION—Age 54 and Beyond

Teams grows, dozens of 5000 Days films produced, another book eventually written and speaking begins.