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Narrative

Why Boomer Aging Means Trillions of Dollars for Business

Brent Green | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Brent Green

Horrific outcomes predicted by generational accountants and economic doomsayers will not come true as foreseen, partly because the generations over age fifty shift paradigms, create new industries, abolish others, and ultimately reshape the social and economic landscape.

How to Say Goodbye to Summer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

As another summer heads to the airport, my thoughts head back to 1982, when I was a secretary in the Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Department at CBS Records and the song "Goodbye to You" first aired on the radio.

Losing the Plot

Michael Ramah | Posted 10.18.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

I don't want to spoil the party, but no matter how overused and meaningless it becomes, the word "narrative" actually has a very specific definition. And its meaning is entirely, critically relevant to effective branding and consumer engagement.

Masters of Storytelling: American Idol and the Voice

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
Lisa Dale Norton

Through the stories of the contestants we begin to understand their personalities. We learn what motivated them to try out, and we witness their insecurities and triumphs.

Naked Storytelling

Molly Hayward | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Molly Hayward

I have learned that I need not look beyond my own city to establish the community -- of men and women -- that cares deeply about this issue. I don't need to make a global appeal for support. I can turn to my neighbor and ask for her or his hand first.

An Interview With Rod Benson on Journalism and Democracy

Max Benavidez | Posted 06.29.2014 | Media
Max Benavidez

Journalism is at a major crossroads. The digital revolution has turned print and broadcast upside down and although the media are more successful than ever on many levels, the traditional role of journalism as democracy's watchdog is at risk.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

Shoes and Shotguns

Georgina Beven | Posted 06.04.2014 | College
Georgina Beven

I arrive at Zumiez, but rather than being confronted by a packed window display of knockoff shoes, I am greeted by the words of a large sign: "Forever in Our Hearts."

John Tweddle and Ken Price at Kayne Griffin Corcoran (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.16.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

Kayne Griffin Corcoran held its first exhibition of work by John Tweddle on Saturday, March 15th, 2014. The exhibition is curated by Alanna Heiss. Hei...

Is Narrative the New Design? Silicon Valley's Innovation Cycle

Peter Gardett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology
Peter Gardett

Silicon Valley in the broadest sense has wrought changes in industrial management, investment and innovation since the beginning of computerization, but the pace has accelerated markedly as mobile, cloud computing and data analytics have become cheaper and more widespread.

The Olympics and the Power of Stories for a Better Life

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Dale Norton

Through their narratives, we found a connection to the super humans of the Olympics. They showed us how to persevere against odds, how to show respect, and if those in fierce competition with each other can show kindness, maybe we can learn to do the same.

Bianca Bosker

Hi, My Name Is Bianca And I've Already Taken Your Picture

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology

In the eight days ending on Friday, I took 5,940 photos of me eating cereal, getting crushed on the subway, cutting my fingernails, and checking my iP...

Disney's Dynamic Duo

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

Disney found that these were the two humanizing components that caused audiences to identify with and connect to the stories and characters he made famous. I believe these qualities prove so effective because they tap our deepest human needs.

Software Takes Command: An Interview With New Media Theorist Lev Manovich, Part 2

Illya Szilak | Posted 02.23.2014 | Books
Illya Szilak

Unsuprisingly, given Manovich's stated desire to avoid generalizations about technology, Software Takes Command is most successful when offering a detailed analysis of specific media software.

Narrative and the Future of the Social Sciences

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.04.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The power of anthropology and the social sciences is found, at least for me, in the narratives we put forward about the social conditions of people living in the world. In the social sciences, the books with legs are those that create a connection between writers and a diverse audience of readers.

The 'Corporate Creative' -- Five Essentials for an Imaginative Business Mind

Bob Deutsch | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Bob Deutsch

Creative people all share five key cognitive processes that are consistent across culture, hierarchy and situational circumstance. Let's take a look at the primary aspects of this critical bent of mind.

Chanukah & Thanksgiving: It's Complicated

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

May this Chanukah and Thanksgiving truly banish darkness, bring bounty, cultivate gratitude, and challenge us to see the light in others' eyes.

"Thanksgivukkah? Thankukah?": Love it or Hate it?

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Interweaving two holidays helps us examine what it means to come together. How does a national story converge with a minority's perseverance? How do we unite while not disappearing into a single narrative of the dominant?

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

Republican Leadership: If We Spin It We've Solved It

Zach Friend | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Zach Friend

Let's be honest. The only thing the electorate loathes more than their elected leaders failing to get the job done is their elected leaders trying to spin their way out of those failures.

The Republican Narrative: Polls Make us "Blink"

Zach Friend | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics
Zach Friend

It's unfortunate that it took some recent polling heat -- according to Gallup the Republican Party favorability numbers are "the lowest favorable rating measured for either party since Gallup began asking this question in 1992" -- to at least temporarily change their approach.

We Will Be Fooled Again: The Strange Pleasures of Narrative Trickery

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

For readers, the pleasures of the unreliable narrator seem to lie primarily in the challenges they offer our critical and interpretive faculties. Can we figure out the narrator's trustworthiness (or lack of it) before the other characters do?

Young and (Unabashedly) Black and Male and on Behalf of Myself, In Defense of Myself

Marcus Lee | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
Marcus Lee

What makes this (unsurprising and frustrating) conflation particularly odd is that this conversation is being had without young Black men being present in the room.

Christina's World: On Story and Struggle

David Kudler | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
David Kudler

It takes me a huge effort of will to write, even on good days. If I had to do it with only the use of one hand -- and the back of the hand at that? I can't imagine it. I'm awed by Nicole's determination.

The Low-Tech Revolution to Health Care Reform

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

It took me a decade -- first as a caregiver to my mother, and then as a practicing physician and patient advocate -- to figure out that the story is absolutely fundamental to medical practice. Indeed, it can save your life.