Okay, I give up—what is the future of storytelling? Last Friday's Future of Storytelling conference, held in a tranquil and seldom-visited corner of New York City, didn't offer a big reveal, but it did provide a high-level forum for exploration, contemplation, and debate.
Justin Nalepa: Some quotes to reflect on and think about:
Faye Lane - "What a storyteller does—a good one—is take a group of individuals and, through a shared emotional experience, turn it into a collective"
"Everybody has a story"
Chalie Melcher - "We're in the early stage of our digital literacy where we're still kind of struggling, and we haven't figured out the metaphorical white spaces of the digital age."
By telling stories that appeal to the emotions—because they are specific, they are concrete, and they contain unnecessary details that serve to engage the imagination. Because, in other words, they leave white spaces that your listeners or readers or viewers can slip into as they imagine themselves in your story.
Lance weiler - "places where I leave room for the mystery, the questions. It is about the beauty of the spaces."