TEDxSMU 2013: The power of storytelling

The power of storytelling to change the world: Dave Lieber at TEDxSMU 2013
TEDx Talks
Nov 26, 2013

Dave Lieber is the national-award-winning Watchdog newspaper columnist for The Dallas Morning News, a prize-winning author and storytelling expert. For his investigative newspaper column, Dave receives 50 pitches a week for story ideas – and takes the best two. He knows how to find and identify memorable stories that people care about.

Rich Sheridan on Storytelling

Rich Sheridan on Storytelling
By Menlo Innovations
July 6, 2015
http://menloinnovations.com/blog/2015/07/audio-rich-sheridan-on-storytelling

Menlo CEO and Chief Storyteller Rich Sheridan joined Karen Dietz to talk about storytelling for her Just Story It Podcast.
Rich gives a little background into how storytelling became part of Menlo’s tradition and why he thinks storytelling has woven its way into the fabric of business.

cited by:
Managing Talent
University of Michigan
https://www.coursera.org/learn/managing-talent

The Storytelling Animal (J. Gottschall)

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall (review)
Literature and Medicine. Volume 32, Number 1, Spring 2014. pp. 221-223
Arthur W. Frank
http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/literature_and_medicine/v032/32.1.frank.html

embarrassing generalities: people naturally tell stories; our brains are wired for stories; stories rewire out brains; stories can get us into trouble; and forms of storytelling change, so no need to worry about the demise of novels, because fiction persists in video games.

Michael Gazzaniga’s split-brain experiments and the discovery of “the tale-spinning homunculus who resides in the left brain” (103). Summarizing Gazzaniga’s research, Gottschall draws an interesting and potentially provocative conclusion: “The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence. It is addicted to meaning. If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it can’t” (103). That quotation exemplifies Gottschall at his best, but it does not lead into an argument about how humans should live with this storytelling mind; how we might avoid its dangers and capitalize on its capacities.

how Richard Wagner’s operas influenced Hitler: “Hitler ‘lived’ Wagner’s work, he believed himself to be a Wagnerian hero,”

Bill Harley: A Storyteller for All Ages

Bill Harley: A Storyteller for All Ages
November 22, 2005
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5023162

MARK: Well, that’s part of it, that your kids want to know so much about you and anything that you tell them about anything in your past is just jewels to them, you know.

NICK: Bill, I was curious. Were you influenced at all by Shel Silverstein When I was a kid–and I’m in my 50s now, but I grew up listening to Shel Silverstein and some of his poetry. He sang a lot of just quirky, off-the-wall, like, “I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor” and…

And so I’d be working and after about 10 minutes, my body would say, `Get up!’ and so I’d get up.
And my body’d say, `Walk around!’ and I would walk around. And Mrs. Elliot would say, `Bill?’ I’d say, `Yeah?’ She’d say, `What are you doing?’ I’d say, `I don’t know.’ She’d say, `Would you please sit down?’ I’d say, `Sure.’ I was happy to sit down. I always did what Mrs. Elliot told me to do, so I sat down. And then, 10 minutes later, my body would say, `Get up!’

HARLEY: Well, you know, the other thing about that is my experience is children are desperate for stories about when their parents were children. And I think part of that is they want to know that they are really going to grow up, you know

Storytelling on Skis

Storytelling on Skis
January 14, 2004
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1597527

Bill Harley finds himself among elite folk in a ski-lift line.
After pre-judging a group of teenage girls from New Jersey, one of the girls launches into a traditional Haitian folk tale.
This changes his entire impression of them — and reminds him of the power of stories.

The Town Around the Bend: Bedtime Stories and Songs
by Bill Harley
https://itunes.apple.com/us/audiobook/town-around-bend-bedtime-stories/id360388588