Stories have existed in many forms—cave paintings, parables, poems, tall tales, myths—throughout history and across almost all human cultures. But is storytelling essential to survival? Join a spirited discussion seeking to explain the uniquely human gift of narrative—from how neurons alight when we hear a tale, to the role of... [read more]
Wow -- here are 5 panelists (3 scientists, 2 writers) including Jonathan Gottschall, Joyce Carol Oates, Jeffrey Eugenedes, Keith Oatley, and Paul Bloom talking about the advances and limits of storytelling, people being under the thrall of wicked stories, discoveries about the brain and storytelling, and a host of other story topics. Research and citations are shared also, so it's not just people chatting willy nilly. And the panelists don't all agree with each other, which is fascinating and refreshing.
Here's the problem -- the video is 1:40 minutes long. Yikes! I've watched sections of it and have scheduled a time to watch the entire piece. But I very much like what I've heard so far and do recommend it.
For example: a story is only transformative for the reader/listener when the artist (storyteller, writer, director, etc.) has mastered the craft of storytelling. This is from scientific research. So training in storytelling does matter.
I do have one quibble though: the event began with a theater group 'telling a story'. Eh -- not so much. So you can skip that first 14 minutes. Why they didn't have a real live storyteller on stage for this segment is beyond me.
Anyway, spend time with this video and get the real skinny on storytelling directly from writers and scientists. Make sure you've got a pen and paper handy so you can take notes.
Many thanks to colleague Stephanie West Allen for pointing me to this video!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it