The principles in the book are simple; Observe, Think, Believe, Act. There was a point in the book where I have to admit I teared up. The point was where the main character, Tom, reconnects with his Dad. I thought of my Dad, his recent stroke, and how we are moving forward. It amazed me I would have such a powerful emotional reaction while reading a book.
My daughter loves to sing. And dance. And color. And read.
That last interest is the one I’m most proud of. Maybe because it’s one I’ve helped to cultivate most often.
Reading has always been a part of my daughter’s daily life. ALWAYS is not an overstatement. While she was in the womb, her mother was reading news stories daily on a news/talk radio station in Houston. At night, I read books to her before she was born. Stories were already a part of her life before she arrived by c-section six years ago in May.
On March 2, to coincide with the birthday of DR. SEUSS, this country celebrates READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY.
Whether you’re a major brand, an online marketer or a media outlet, telling stories is the heart and soul of what you do. Corporate technologist Gunther Sonnenfeld explains how businesses can use storytelling to curate relevant branded experiences for their customers.
There is a world of stories out there just waiting to be heard. Now you can find an instant audio tour of those stories mapped out for you.
This week, a new company called Broadcastr (broadcastr.com) launched a free social-networking platform based on location-specific storytelling.
Broadcastr stories are recorded and shared in audio format, with each pegged to a specific location. Listeners can search for stories by location or category, or may opt to “follow” a person who they consider to be a good storyteller, sorting stories by that person into a special tab. Listeners can rate stories as they hear them. Stories can be shared with others via email, Facebook or Twitter.
It never fails: The cooler a hero is, the likelier he or she is to start tossing out references that only mean something to a handful of fans. The longer an epic story goes on, the more self-referential it gets.
Why does this happen? And is there just a natural law that stories have to get more inside-baseball the longer they continue for? It's a form of narrative decay. Here are some theories about why and how it happens.
The growth of applications like Instagram and Path support at least a couple of rather obvious observations: as people (and particularly as people carrying mobile devices), we’re interested in sharing our experiences with others. We photograph them, Tweet about them and check into them. Secondly, the increasingly robust cameras (and video capture) built into our mobile phones are – on a more daily, mundane basis – replacing our point-and-shoot cameras. After all, why wait to download a photo from your camera when you can instantly upload it and broadcast your witty observations on the matter? In order to fuel, support and enhance our mobile photo sharing behavior, applications like Instagram continue to grow and evolve, while others are launching functionality or more targeted platforms to deliver on focused but unmet needs.
Once upon a time, there was a whale called June. Or maybe her name is Margaret. Or Kate. We don't really know. A few nitrogen-hearted scientists call her 52 Hertz just because she sings at a 51.75Hz frequency, but I will call her Alice.
Alice isn't like any other baleen whale. Unlike all whales, Alice doesn't have friends. She doesn't have a family. She doesn't belong to any tribe, pack or gang. She doesn't have a lover. She never had one.
In the immense solitude of the ocean, Alice is completely alone.
Travel is, more than anything, about storytelling, putting the participant in the middle of an unfolding drama, becoming the protagonist in a classic quest, with a well-defined arc of beginning, middle and dénouement. The best travel features the best personal narratives, an innocent in a new land, making discoveries along the way, and winning the day by achieving the goal of the last day on the itinerary, returning with new insights, unearthed lessons, and altered character. It's about transformation, not transportation. And, of course, it is the post-passage fodder of Facebook, cocktails and slide shows, retelling the stories from the road to a rapt audience. Traveling is collecting stories with the teller as hero, and then sweeping the audience into the saga. With Peter Guber's inquiry, it is also about building relationships, business and otherwise, through spellbinding plot points that draw listeners in, as though sharing the same trek, train or raft into the realms of adventure.
The Hub, a new destination dedicated to bringing kids and families together, is partnering with Discovery Education to support teachers with comprehensive lesson plans, activities and a writing contest to inspire storytelling in the classroom. Great stories start here.
When people are invited into a safe space to tell their own stories, a mystery unfolds that kindles an authentic connection. It feels as if one of Jesus' parables is getting re-enacted before our very eyes.
Now joining that roster of books is Stefan Swanepoel’s Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, described on its Web site as “compelling … fable [that] offers a riveting tale of life in Africa’s Serengeti and what lessons it holds for today’s beleaguered business people and struggling society.”
Benton touched on a big range of technological, economic and cultural trends that are already changing the industry but one of the things that Benton doesn’t explore much is how storytelling is changing in journalism.
Many of the tools of online journalism open up new ways to tell stories beyond the simple inverted pyramid or even the long-form feature, the proverbial meat and potatoes of day-to-day journalism.
Virtually everything under the imaging umbrella is changing, with one exception, the value of being a storyteller! With all of the new technologies, especially Fusion, photographers now have the ability to take storytelling one step further.
You know Valve's distinctive traits; they make games that are not only action-packed and technically brilliant, but have smart-ass dialogue and subtle stories. Portal was their peak, so far; a clever, witty game that told a memorable tale using just one spoken character and their unfurling psyche. We caught up with two of Valve's writers, Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw, to talk about how they'd crafted the story for the bigger budget sequel.
The “storyteller uprising” that I refer to in my talks is predicated on a simple foundation. We’ve seen an explosion in the wide availability of cheap communications technology (cameras, smartphones, social media distribution networks), combined with a breakdown in business models for media organizations that have traditionally enjoyed an institutional lockdown in communications. Suddenly, anyone now has the opportunity to create a trusted relationship through communication. And that “trust” is no longer relegated to brand names in marketing or journalism. Anyone can establish that trust by creating a powerful narrative, and then by interacting on a regular basis with those we seek to engage with our story.
Everyone has a story to share, and New York City-based Broadcastr aims to help you share them.
The company is opening up its beta site to the public today, which will allow you to listen to stories tied to specific locations as well as share you own tales. Broadcastr sees itself as an answer to the transient nature of social media. It’s aiming to create a historical archive of stories around the world, in addition to providing instant access to stories happening at the moment.
A collaborative storytelling project, A Tale to Tell starts with an excerpt from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Each week, a different illustrator/artist is invited to respond to the end of the previous artist's excerpt in continuing the story and accompanied by an illustration. The week's contributor can take the story wherever their imagination takes them and leave it open for the next. With all these creative minds put together, this tale will probably be taking some interesting turns. We already can't wait to read next week's!
There were many storylines in Rahm Emanuel's romp to the Chicago mayor's office: a powerful presidential aide leaves the White House; a mayor's race without a Daley or even an incumbent; a candidate with a hazy claim on residency; the meltdown of former senator Carol Moseley Braun; the terrible voter turnout; and more. But for networked Chicagoans and political insiders across the country, the performance and identity of @MayorEmanuel, a fake Twitter account, captured the imagination nearly as much as the real politics.
S Is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet is a book I wish I’d had as a child and teen. It diffuses an incredible amount of valuable writing technique and advice into short, pithy paragraphs. If a reader isn’t yet ready to listen seriously to writing advice, or doesn’t want to take the time, there are short verses on every page that sum up some of the advice. But if a reader does read the text on each page, they will absorb a LOT about how story works, and how to make it better.
A recent post on paper.li’s blog has led me to revisit my original review to amend and expand my analysis of this free tool that lets each of us become the “editor in chief” of our own online newspaper aggregated from our Twitter or Facebook feed.
We have a new app for the IPad that I just have to tell you about. It is pretty fracken cool.
It is called Stories 2 Learn, and it has become something of a rage in the IPad/IPhone special-needs scene. It is a social stories program that allows you to create stories to teach concepts like sharing and cooperation with pictures from the child's own life, or to provide preparation for something new coming up.