We are storytellers of the human journey, discovering that the well of life’s inspiration springs from the lives of people making a positive impact on the world.

  • Well Founded—

    John and Pat O’Brien, married for over 30 years, share a deep faith and strong commitment to social justice. They understand the power of story to inspire the best in the human spirit and promote good work in the world. Their creativity and generosity produced The Telling Well.

    Mike Leonard is an Emmy-winning 32 year NBC-TV features correspondent and filmmaker.
    inCommon  on WTTW-TV/Chicago & select public TV stations nationally. All episodes here on The Telling Well.

    Mary Kay Wall is Director of The Telling Well, and Executive Producer of Leonard Films.

  • The Telling Well—

    It’s a place to sustain and celebrate life. Connect in our shared human story. Bond in our hopes and dreams. And laugh. A lot.

    Compelling stories starring common people – of uncommon character

    Intriguing people — a filmmaker in Africa, an Arab Frisbee player, a world-famous musician, an obscure coach, a pro athlete, and the guy next door.

    The Well overflows with vital content.  Keeps us buoyant in the possibility of life.

    That’s worth streaming.

    Tell others.

The storytellers

  • Our Stories

    Explore our global inspiration.

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  • inCommon

    A show about life: the unseen episodes.

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