Be-Mondo Publishing tells multimedia stories to impact individual and collective change. How might we tell stories differently so that instead of deepening the grooves of a fragmented society, we shift the way we have conversations?
We navigate our lives through storylines. Our storylines shift all the time, but we can get into a groove that makes us think there is one “right” ending — and that everyone is fixed in viewpoint. The goal of Being Mondo is to start to see things from new perspectives that helps us get “unstuck.”
I am not a lifestyle coach, but a writer and facilitator of “conscious conversations.” I believe that improving the thought that goes into our online, group and face-to-face communication — genuine (not glib), personalized (not generic), vulnerable (not packaged) — is what inspires us to evolve.
— “On Visibility and Fragmentation,” talk given July 2016
About the Owner
Mikki Morrissette launched Be-Mondo Publishing in 2004, when she self-published Choosing Single Motherhood: The Thinking Woman’s Guide. The book – in which she coined the now-popular term “Choice Moms” – continues to be a top-selling book on Amazon for women pursuing single motherhood by choice. Her ChoiceMoms.org website averages more than 13K visitors per month. Its discussion boards, newsletter, podcast, e-guides and workshops have inspired tens of thousands of women around the world.
- executive editor of Time Inc. Custom Publishing;
- project manager of a multimedia project for The New York Times about the Vietnam War, and about the history of Presidential campaigns;
- co-creator of a documentary about trephination, interviewing people in three countries who drilled a hole in their head for enlightenment;
- personally recruited by legendary editor Clay Felker, who met her in his magazine editing symposium at NYU;
- long-time sports writer/editor, including stint as reporter for Sports Illustrated for Kids.
Mikki brings her skills to communications clients, social justice issues and personal-growth topics.
Her website “Attainable We” is a sandbox for a book of essays and talks she has been developing to help remind us that our propensity to make mistakes and shift our own storylines gives us hope – because we are continually evolving, rather than being rigidly locked in one place.
She has focused her attention on projects about sex trafficking, community sustainability and consciousness (ConnectedintheDeep.com). She wrote a monthly column for a Minneapolis newspaper called “Sustainable We,” transitioning in September 2016 to the Attainable We column. Some of her insights are published on Medium. She has a transmedia project on the backburner (Connected Chronicles), and two novels. She has a particular interest in illuminating history, including the Humanist Pulpit blog project for First Unitarian Society.
Mikki led more than 25 workshops for the Choice Mom community around the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. She delivered a 40-minute talk about sperm to the directors of U.S. sperm banks, and has talked at conferences for mental health professionals and symposiums for law students. Now she focuses on inspirational, informational and spiritual talks. Such as:
- COMING UP: “What We Think Is Not What Matters,” (September 21, 2017, private community)
- “Reducing Man-Made Fragmentation and Human Arrogance” (July 22, 2017, Institute of Noetic Sciences conference, Oakland, CA) — How might we reduce man-made fragmentation and human arrogance by sharing the science and story that connects us? Excerpt: “Our Living Web is not a linear story that begins and dies with one person. But a matrix of what we DO and feel and share and inspire. Our lives are so much more than what we think.”
- Speaking to the Frailty of Human Arrogance (July 9, 2017, First Unitarian Society): Are humans too “smart” for our own good? A look at how our penchant for thinking we are individual entities in a linear structure is underestimating how the universe works. And why the inability to remember what we KNOW — as affects the speaker’s father with dementia — doesn’t change anything.
- “On Visibility and Fragmentation: a discussion of science and social justice” (July 24, 2016, First Unitarian Society) Excerpt: “If we tell stories in different ways – have new conversations of respect designed not to persuade but to help each other understand – my dream is that Einstein and Bohr will find each other at a cosmic party, ladle out a cocktail of neutrinos, and agree, with a wave of their invisible glasses, that ascertaining the ingredients in the punch bowl doesn’t matter. That we’re not simply physical matter that makes up our bodies and our cars and our plastics and our stars… but energy and vibration and sensation. That at our deeper level, matter is always moving and morphing and merging. And at our deepest level, we might not even be divided into matter at all.”
- “Being the Collective Me” (August 16, 2015, Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 40 min.)
- “Evolving Into Non-Truth” (August 23, 2015, First Unitarian Society, 20 min.)
- “Revealing the Real You: Like An Onion,” (2015, Lake Harriet Spiritual Center, 40 min.) — aspects of a storytelling career, mixed with epigenetics, Darwin and Spinoza. Here is a snippet from the beginning of that conversation.
This is her 30-minute interview with the owner of Freethinking Forum about her combined interests in consciousness and sustainability.