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Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity

“Something is always born of excess: great art was born of great terrors, great loneliness, great inhibitions, instabilities, and it always balances them.”

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Teaching Narratives across the oral, print, & digital media
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J. R. R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

J. R. R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children” | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
"Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else ... may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage
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Tolkien guides us to see Good Stories as “Recovery (which includes return and renewal of health) is a re-gaining—regaining of a clear view… to clean our windows; so that the things seen clearly may be freed from the drab blur of triteness or familiarity—from possessiveness.” 

See also http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/03/tolkien-artist-illustrator/ for gorgeous art by Tolkien.

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What Would Joseph Campbell Say About Donald Trump? - BillMoyers.com

Like so many others, I’ve been puzzling over the Trump phenomenon for months. It seems like every journalist, pundit, psychiatrist, psychologist and armchair psychologist has something to say about the man. Understandably, they are trying to figure out what kind of person he is and why he is so popular with millions of Americans, including nearly half of the Republican party. My own interest is undergirded by the work and ideas of the late Joseph Campbell, a foremost interpreter of world mythologies and author of “The Hero With a Thousand Faces.” Continue reading
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How Vox’s Storytelling Studio is redefining the story as product

How Vox’s Storytelling Studio is redefining the story as product | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Vox wants to move beyond the web page to tell compelling stories.

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9 Visual Tools to Create Awesome Social Media Images : Social Media Examiner

9 Visual Tools to Create Awesome Social Media Images : Social Media Examiner | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Do you want to create professional-grade social media visuals? Discover nine free tools to help you create beautiful visual content for your social media profiles.

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Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, June 17, 8:46 AM
Resources for my every morning job-task maintenance.
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Writers seeking attention for their work (and isn't that every writer?) need to add visuals when posting to social media. For the less graphically-oriented among us, these apps can help.

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Pedagogy, Technology, and the Example of Open Educational Resources

Pedagogy, Technology, and the Example of Open Educational Resources | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
When no meaningful relationship exists between an educational technology and pedagogy, the tool itself loses value. Open educational resources provide a relevant example of how pedagogy can point toward a richer way to integrate technology into our courses and our teaching philosophies.

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Collaboration breeds creativity 

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Documentary Storytelling: 6 Examples From Brands That Nail It

Documentary Storytelling: 6 Examples From Brands That Nail It | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
In my mind there is not a more powerful – and more underused – medium than the documentary film. Brands rarely take on artistically complex video projects because they require a level of creative and technical talent that most brands (and even many of the agencies that serve them) don’t have access to. Of course there are some that pull it off beautifully. Brands like Patagonia are master documentary storytellers. These brands are immersed in the visual world and have a clear point of view to share with their audiences.

What about brands that don’t have such a rich source of stories to pull from? Or brands you would not associate with artistic film projects? What can we learn from the projects they launch?

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Voting With Our Stone-Age Brains - BillMoyers.com

Voting With Our Stone-Age Brains - BillMoyers.com | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
On the eve of the New York primary, Bill Moyers sat down to talk with Rick Shenkman, the historian, editor and publisher of the indispensable website History News Network. Shenkman tells Bill that it's the voters and their emotions, not the candidates and their ideas, that will determine the outcome of the election in November. Shenkman's latest book is 'Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics.' Continue reading
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Overcoming Post-Natal Depression—On Horseback in Kazakhstan

Overcoming Post-Natal Depression—On Horseback in Kazakhstan | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
A terrifying experience with my sick newborn sent me into a downward spiral of nightmares, depression and self-harm. It took a 24-day trip through a remote region of Central Asia to find myself again.
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The stories have gone from medicine and that's a shame

The stories have gone from medicine and that's a shame | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
During our discussion — as we commiserated about how physicians and nurses are glued to their computer screens nowadays, clicking boxes, and typing away furiously on their keyboards — he said something that struck a chord. He said, “You know what Suneel, the stories have really gone from medicine.”


What did he mean by this? He elaborated, and we continued talking. In a nutshell, what he meant was that in the past, every patient was a story. A unique person. A human being. This patient was well known to their personal physician, whom they usually had a good and strong relationship with. Even when documenting information in a hospital, when a physician saw a patient (regardless of whether that physician already knew the patient), there would be a story that would appear on the computer or in the chart in the form of a transcribed letter. This was either a history and physical report or a discharge summary. It would take the form of a narrative, in proper English with logical paragraphs and sentence construction, and tell you all about what was wrong with the patient, their individual history, and the diagnosis and treatment plan.

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Short and shallow reading on the Internet? Not so fast

We hear a lot about how the Internet, social media and our addiction to handheld devices have reduced our attention spans. Nicholas Thompson of The New Yorke...
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The text (with links) of the 4 min video by Nicholas Thompson, editor of NewYorker.com, is on https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-complex-storytelling-thriving-our-digital-age-nicholas-thompson

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The Father Of Video Games Was A Refugee To America

The Father Of Video Games Was A Refugee To America | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it

“I suggested that we do something drastically different with a TV set. But the chief engineer said, ‘Forget it.'"

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Why paying attention is anything but elementary

Why paying attention is anything but elementary | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
It’s surprising how much of the world we see and yet do not take in. Who better to teach us why we miss so much and what to do about it than Sherlock Holmes?

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Excerpt from Konnikova's "Mastermind"--I also recommend checking out TElliott's ScoopIt site on Attention.

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6 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Digital Marketing

6 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Digital Marketing | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
When you combine the timeless necessity of storytelling with the sheer power of visual content, you arrive at one of the most potent forces shaping the future of communication today: Visual storytelling.

Here are some of the trends I believe will shape the future of this field by blurring the lines between once-neatly-defined concepts.

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Jeff Bullas shares six visual storytelling trends to note.

Barbara Ganley's curator insight, September 21, 7:48 AM
Though VT nonprofits won't likely be walking down the VR road anytime soon, it's important to see what's out there & what's possible.
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How 3 publishers are using Instagram stories for visually compelling storytelling

How 3 publishers are using Instagram stories for visually compelling storytelling | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Now with Instagram offering both long- and short-term content, newsrooms are rolling out different strategies for the two similar-but-distinct platforms. I talked with The New York Times, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated — each known for striking photography and large Instagram followings — to understand how they are trying to make use of Instagram Stories for a new kind of visual narrative. Here, lightly edited, is what they had they say.

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Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity

Virginia Woolf on the Relationship Between Loneliness and Creativity | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
"If I could catch the feeling, I would; the feeling of the singing of the real world, as one is driven by loneliness and silence from the habitable world."
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My response to Adam Grant’s New York Times Op/ED: Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice

My response to Adam Grant’s New York Times Op/ED: Unless You’re Oprah, ‘Be Yourself’ Is Terrible Advice | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
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Storytelling at Face Value: Visual Stories at Work

Storytelling at Face Value: Visual Stories at Work | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Doug Drexler is the first Academy, Oscar, and Emmy Award Winning story artist to join us on the Business of Story Podcast.

As a master visual storyteller and one of the FX and makeup geniuses behind operations such as “Dick Tracy,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and ”Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Doug knows his way around the storytelling realm of Hollywood.

Today we tap into his keen visual expertise to better understand the elusive ability to influence clients and customers by crafting game changing visual stories.

Maximize your visual presentations by understanding the psychology behind visual storytelling, the tools at your disposal, and how to use your innated visual storytelling powers for good.

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Stunning Illustrations for Irish Myths and Legends

Stunning Illustrations for Irish Myths and Legends | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
"I have wished to become a child again that I might find this book."
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James Baldwin on the Artist’s Struggle for Integrity and How It Illuminates the Universal Experience of What It Means to Be Human

James Baldwin on the Artist’s Struggle for Integrity and How It Illuminates the Universal Experience of What It Means to Be Human | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
"Only an artist can tell ... what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it. What it is like to die, or to have somebody die; what it is like
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MPopova "Baldwin considers the essential survival mechanism by which the artist bears his or her burden of bearing witness to the unnameable"
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Transcript: Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life

Transcript: Robin Wall Kimmerer — The Intelligence in All Kinds of Life | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
I think of my writing very tangibly as my way of entering into reciprocity with the living world. It’s that which I can give and it comes from my years as a scientist, of deep paying attention to the living world, and not only to their names, but to their songs. And having heard those songs, I feel a deep responsibility to share them, and to see if, in some way, stories could help people fall in love with the world again.
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Responding to the Refugee Crisis

Responding to the Refugee Crisis | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
When I first started my “Seek the Good” project, it began with a dream to find voices that needed to be heard, to put a megaphone where there had been none, in order to pierce the darkn…
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Account of a “social media storyteller thru writing, photography& video...collecting stories for a big social media prayer effort"

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What Happens When a Brand Embraces Its Story?

What Happens When a Brand Embraces Its Story? | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
I love finding brands who have deep-seated community values, who embrace the story of what made them become a brand in the first place, and who have a vision for how they plan to grow into something awesome.

Sure, we live in a world where many brands and people are focused on getting ahead and achieving only monetary goals. But there are plenty of brands and marketing teams that enjoy being part of the community and are incorporating a big-picture mentality with story-worthy assets into their business models. And guess what? Consumers, especially millennials, love this.

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3 Storytelling Tools to Enhance Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

3 Storytelling Tools to Enhance Your Social Media Marketing Efforts | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Who doesn't love hearing a juicy story? Whether sitting around a crackling campfire, listening to a horror story, or even just a phone call with a friend venting to you about that bad date last week. We all love listening to a great story, one that both captivates and holds us speechless for a moment in time.
Since the first cave drawings were discovered, over 27,000 years ago, telling stories has been one of the most important means of communication. Human beings are natural storytellers, it’s intrinsic to our genes. Everything from religion, to science, to love needs a story for people to find it believable. It only makes sense to marry the elements of storytelling and social media marketing—leveraging one of the most basic aspects of human nature. For social media and content marketers, “when you present your content in new, engaging and interactive ways, it stands out in a constant stream of competing information.”

The question then is, what storytelling tools are out there that you can use to enhance your social media marketing? Here are a few of my personal faves:

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Apester, Storify, & ThingLink

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Poet in Profile: Natasha Trethewey

Poet in Profile: Natasha Trethewey | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Poet Reflection – At the Memory Center
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Trethewey honors the role of poetry for persons in memory loss. I believe digital media production has similar capacity held in loving hands and eyes.

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Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay | Brain Pickings

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay | Brain Pickings | GoodStories246 | Scoop.it
Thoughts on navigating the open sea of knowledge.
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"Storytelling not only sets standards but, at its best, makes us want to live up to them, to transcend them."

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