Be-Mondo Publishing is about telling 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 rut that makes us think there is an impenetrable “us” and “other,” and one right answer to complex and messy issues. Being Mondo is about seeing things from new perspectives to help 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 communication — genuine (not glib), personalized (not generic), vulnerable (not packaged) — inspires evolution.
— “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 is developing “Attainable We,” a sandbox for a book of essays and talks about how individuals are part of interconnected systems, from micro to macro, whether we choose to recognize it or not.
She has focused attention on projects about sex trafficking, community sustainability and consciousness (ConnectedintheDeep.com). She wrote a monthly column for Southwest Journal (Minneapolis newspaper) called “Sustainable We,” now taking a wider lens about community building as the Attainable We column.
Future goals: Develop a transmedia project (Connected Chronicles), and finish two novels now in full rough draft form about human evolution. 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 talks about community interconnection. Such as:
- “What We Think Is Not What Matters,” (September 21, 2017, University retirement community)
- “Reducing Man-Made Fragmentation and Human Arrogance” (July 22, 2017, Institute of Noetic Sciences conference, Oakland, CA) — 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) — 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.