I'm Deb Walsh. Welcome to my new endeavor - and your new community - X Factory.X Factory is a community for women redefining how we connect, converse, and create meaning together.
For the past five years, I've been bringing people together to witness the power that storytelling has to foster deep community and understanding. What began in 2012 as The Living Room Stories – a themed evening of storytelling vis a vis The Moth or This American Life – has grown into this richer, more experiential engagement called X Factory.
A 24/7 work culture combined with endless social media has left us exhausted and bereft of deep and meaningful conversations. X Factory fulfills our need for reconnection and understanding. At X Factory, women of all ages meet to explore the question of what it means to be human. X Factory asks: how can we listen to one another more deeply so people feel heard and held? And how can we see ourselves in a clearer, more individuated light, while seeing the values and wisdom we share collectively?
Held bi-monthly in pop-up venues across the state, each X Factory event centers on a theme (Give, Chance, Beauty, Reach), which is explored by four curated storytellers from different walks of life and followed by small group discussion breakouts. Reflection, writing prompts, and guided questions combine for a deep and new appreciation and understanding of our shared humanity. This intriguingly simple, yet profoundly transformative model of community leans on peer-to-peer teaching and reflection, undergirded by principles of appreciative and narrative inquiry, positive psychology, and wisdom traditions.
This community and its storytellers are bringing a cross-section of Rhode Islanders closer as they bravely share their histories and wisdom. A corporate executive shares stories with an entrepreneur and single mom. A 75-year-old shares wisdom with a recent college grad. A PhD chemist finds connection with a social worker. These gatherings transcend differences of age, class, race, occupation, religion, economics, geography, and more. In an era of divisiveness, X Factory is bringing people together.
Here's what women say about X Factory:
"A balm for my hurt heart."
"I am encouraged, inspired and connected.”
“Great to have such a connection and reminder of all that is possible.”
“This space could not have been more intimate, more special. I feel connected and awake and encouraged about the future.”
“Such a wonderful connectedness. Loved considering beauty from new perspectives
“I experienced a deep sense of connection and appreciation for everyone present.”
“Great community of like-minded, powerful women. Loved the setting, the speakers, the connectedness.
“An absolute inspiration. You connect hope, dreams, inspiration and art.
"Feeling vey connected and received by this community. Just what I needed."
"We are not alone on our paths when we share our authentic selves."
"A beautiful experience. Thank you so much for holding space for all these amazing women to connect."
“I am not alone.”
Want to Host An X Factory?
This Rhode Island-born model is attracting attention from around the country as community organizers reach out to Deb to pilot X Factory communities in their cities and organizations, from Los Angeles, to Asheville, to New York.
Typical women’s events are either one-directional (we listen to a talk) or center around exchanging contact info over “what do you do” kind of conversations. But in today's overly stressed and scheduled world, we don't need another 'networking' event. We need time and space to slow down and reflect - for ourselves - and with others. We need to go deeper.
At X Factory, where you work or what you do is secondary to what you know and what you’ve learned. It's a space that I hope will help us all unearth new ways of seeing and being in the world and in our work. A place that cultivates not only exciting new social and professional connections, but also provides an experience of discovering collective wisdom.
It just might be the meeting you've been waiting for.
X Factory returns Wednesday, April 26, 2017THEME: REACH - stories of giving, gifts and gratitude6:30 - 9 pm
Venue: Botanica Wedding Flower Studio5 Division St. Building BEast Greenwich, RI 02818
X Factory is a copyrighted production of Deb Walsh. If you're interested in hosting an X Factory in your city, shop or circle of friends, use the form below and let's talk about spreading the love with your locale.