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Storytelling

2015: An Opportunity to Redefine Your Identity

Corey Blake | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Corey Blake

Have you ever been surrounded by friends and family cheering you on and telling you you're living the dream, only to feel invisible and broken on the inside?

Media With an Endangered Language Message

Alissa Stern | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Alissa Stern

Whether in print or online, whether in home, schools, or community, media can provide a vehicle to communicate in endangered and threatened languages while shining attention on the need to fortify them.

The Top 10 Job Search Fantasies

Roger Wright | Posted 12.17.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

The folks who had the fantasies? They're all working now. But it wasn't so long ago that they were searching for work, more work or better work. A search fueled by fantasies. None of which helped.

An Interactive Fight Against Gender-Based Violence: Priya's Shakti

Lina Srivastava | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Lina Srivastava

Additionally, Priya is not docile, light-skinned, hyper-sexualized or objectified in the way mainstream Indian or global media often presents women. She is both an everywoman as well as a superhero who starts to build her own movement through the help of a powerful ally in Parvati.

Growing Up in a Hippie Commune: Part Two

Abby Pingree | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Abby Pingree

The Love Israel Family was founded on some beautifully simplistic and noble ideas such as love and peace and unity but the hierarchical order did not lend itself to these ideas in practice.

How I Transformed Math From Misery To Magic

Vanessa Thompson | Posted 12.16.2014 | Teen
Vanessa Thompson

If stories are a part of who we are as humans, then why not teach math as a heroic journey in which the characters are numbers and the problems are compelling stories? Why not slay the dragon of Pi and live happily ever after in the faraway land of Algebra?

The Power of Our Stories

Jan Phillips | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jan Phillips

We tell ourselves stories in order to live. Joan Didion The Power of Our Stories Our stories define us. They affect our well-being, our relationship...

Growing up in a Hippie Commune: Part One

Abby Pingree | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Abby Pingree

The hippie movement had been in full swing for some time and both my parents identified strongly with the desire to shake off the traditional societal structures of the previous generations. My father believed he had found the solace he sought in the Love Israel Family community.

A Voice of Disability Lost

Rob J. Quinn | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

I was saddened to read on Monday morning of the passing of Stella Young. She was a woman I never had the chance to meet, but I learned of her when a couple people sent me a link to the video of the TED Talk she gave earlier this year, "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much."

How Malcolm X Taught Me to Listen

Aspen Baker | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Aspen Baker

Racism -- the insidious disease, the implicit bias, the unwritten rules that govern our lives -- won't be fixed by a grand jury alone. We have to take responsibility for the cultural practices that let racism thrive.

Why Hollywood Can't Beat This True Story

Mona Friis Bertheussen | Posted 12.09.2014 | Entertainment
Mona Friis Bertheussen

Is there really such a thing as a coincidence? Or is there something in life, working behind the scenes to bring every story together? I did not set out to answer this question. I just followed my fascination with a strange and beautiful story from China, about twin sisters surprisingly reunited by a red dress.

3 Reasons You Do Not Need a Video

Joe Boyd | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Joe Boyd

I was shocked when I first started my business that most people wanting a corporate video or commercial had no idea what story they actually wanted to tell. Video is simply one way to tell a story -- it's a medium.

New Digital Storytelling Platform Helps Tell Stories for Social Good

Doug Hattaway | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Doug Hattaway

"Strategic storytelling" is a new notion: In order to help leaders achieve their goals, stories must be strategically designed to motivate and mobilize people. And the content of strategic stories must be compelling, in order to capture people's attention and imagination.

The Wall

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.03.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

Sunrise is the most beautiful part of the day. First light. Don't matter if there are colors like a picture postcard or it's gray as water in a greasy sink. The darkness still fades. The light begins. Makes you feel alive like nothing else.

Black Lives and Black Stories Matter

Donna Hardwick | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Donna Hardwick

Black lives matter. Despite what we're seeing in media headlines, the actions of our courts and legal system and police departments everywhere -- black lives matter and black stories help shed light on history of race in America and beyond.

The Secret Side of Childhood

Grryo | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Grryo

As a portrait photographer, I am always inspired by other photographers that have the ability to capture a portrait that is so compelling and thought provoking. It is a rare gift to capture the essence of a person within a photograph, really touching the hearts of those that view the portrait. I would like to introduce to you, a photographer that does this very thing, his images are so beautiful and raw. Harsh in presence, yet emotional while inviting you into a very personal space.

#GivingTuesday: A Guide for Nonprofits

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Hilary A. Doe

It's coming up. Every Dec. 2nd, families, students, businesses, and organizations around the world come together for Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.

How to Tell a Transportable Story in a Thank You Card

Rajesh Setty | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

A transportable story is one where you make it a no-brainer for the recipient of your story to pass it along to one or more people. A transportable s...

What If Someone Told You to Jump Off a Cliff

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Robin Amos Kahn

I was one of those kids in school whose hand always shot up with answers. Well, to clarify, that was in history and English -- and probably not ever in math or science.

How The Story You Tell Yourself Can Make You Happier

Quartz | Sonali Kohli | Posted 11.18.2014 | World

Harnessing happiness has become something of a cultural obsession. Countless studies have linked our happiness to money, age, location, and timing of ...

5 Lessons I've Learned From Humans of New York

Camryn Garrett | Posted 11.12.2014 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

It's easy to ignore what's going on around you, and to let people and events fade into one gigantic blur. But if you take a moment to observe, to really stop and give people some attention, you could learn a whole lot.

How Brooklyn's Busiest Pie Shop Embodies Slow Living

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 11.06.2014 | Taste

The sisters behind Four and Twenty Blackbirds prove that slow living is not about reduced speed, but about greater intention.

Why Are People So Drawn To Fiction?

The Atlantic | Cody C. Delistraty | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in...

Your Story Matters. Here's Why.

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Rautenberg

When I was more of a night owl, I spent a lot of time in the East Village at the theater Under St. Marks listening to one of the most powerful storyte...

How to Get Your News From Poems

Josh Stearns | Posted 10.24.2014 | Media
Josh Stearns

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems," wrote American poet William Carlos Williams, "yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there." And yet, we are seeing more and more efforts to combine poetry and reporting.