Stories That Move Mountains

As many of you know, I joined forces with Martin Sykes and Mark West to write a book called “Stories That Move Mountains.” The book provides a step-by-step approach to creating a one-page “visual story” that can be used to effectively convince an audience of the value of your proposal. Our method, called CAST, has proven very effective in sales, training, and organizational change. For more information, visit http://storiesthatmovemountains.com  ...

Explaining the 14th Amendment in Non-Technical English

This article was originally published on wordpress.com, but I moved it here and updated it in 2014. — Back in 2011, when I wrote this, my daughter was in middle school.  One of her assignments was to select from a small list of amendments to the US Constitution and write a short paper about it. She asked me which one, and I told her to pick the 14th amendment. Lots of meat in that one. I asked her to do some research and know what came up? Explanations useful for college-level work, but nothing for a middle school student. Sure, there were sites that talk about the constitution in general, and about what an amendment is, but nothing that looks specifically at the 14th amendment, written in simple words for a non-law-student to understand. So, I’m posting this post here. I hope, through the magic of Bing and other search engines, parents and kids may find this in the future and it could be helpful. Kids: don’t steal my words for your homework. Use this site to understand, but your assignment should be in your own words. Parents: there are lots of sites that make things up about the Constitution and 14th Amendment. This post will stick to facts from actual court cases. If you feel I’ve missed something, feel free to comment. I take all comments seriously. The Constitution and Amendments, Kids version We all know what the constitution is, right? It is a document, hand written on paper, that writes down the “rules” that our Government follows. It defines the entire system. All the stuff about the government...