January 23, 2019 | Storytelling
Narrative transportation is the experience of being transported to the world of a story. Being “transported” means having an emotional reaction, significant mental imagery about the story, and some degree of loss of awareness of your surroundings.
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January 11, 2019 | Storytelling
Babies have the potential to recognize a sense of connection and being wanted starting as early as seven months. From the get-go, we require connection. It is responsible for ordering how we will perceive and interpret our role in the world. This inclination or, rather, this need, is truly hardwired into us.
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December 27, 2018 | Storytelling
With many millions of social media followers and two published books, both of which made the New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller List, and the ability to raise $2.3 million in 96 hours, Brandon Stanton has discovered the power of storytelling.
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December 12, 2018 | Storytelling
The world is composed of walking stories, of waking stories. From the homeless man living meal to meal to the CEO sitting in a high-rise office, everyone bears a story. Like mosaics, a billion little different tiles give shape to our beings—our desires, aspirations, fears, joys, disappointments, habits, inclinations.
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November 29, 2018 | Storytelling
The western world has an unfortunate history of elevating the world of facts and hard numbers to the detriment of words. They are frequently viewed as less deserving of attention but the reality is, we owe our lives to stories, the symphonies of words.
November 13, 2018 | Storytelling
On January 6, 1941, President Roosevelt made his State of the Union address, aired against the backdrop of London smoking from an especially horrific German air raid earlier that evening. Roosevelt summoned the forces of American democracy saying, “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded […]
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October 9, 2018 | Letters from the C.E.O.
I’m terrible with names. My wife Susannah blames me but I blame my hippocampus. If you are not familiar with the hippocampus, it’s the seahorse-shaped part of our brain that gives us episodic memory and relates our facts to our experiences. And mine is broken.
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August 7, 2018 | Storytelling
In order to breathe life, which the donor most assuredly deserves to receive, into an impact report, we must turn our attention and energy to the craft and transmission of individual stories.
July 26, 2018 | Storytelling
In 1922, Margery Williams published The Velveteen Rabbit. Perhaps this book sounds familiar due to its wide acclaim or, maybe, it infused your childhood dreams as a bedtime read. Either way, Williams’ message remains profound and salient today. Lying on the floor of a child’s bedroom, the Velveteen Rabbit asks the wisest nursery toy, the […]
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July 11, 2018 | Storytelling
Impact stories are sacred works of art because they are the result of something that would not be without the generosity of a benefactor. The beauty of humanity lies within their intricate enfoldings, whether embellished or mundane, waiting to be revealed.
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