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Want to Hear a Good Story?

Mark C. Miller | Posted 07.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Mark C. Miller

Surrender, Los Angeles! The storytelling/spoken word movement has invaded and taken over the city, much as stand-up comedy clubs proliferated during the eighties and nineties.

14th Annual Ojai Storytelling Festival Starts Today

Posted 05.23.2013 | Fifty

Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Diane Ferlatte, Michael Reno, Harrell, Bill Lemp, John McCutcheon and Motoko of Japan are just a few of the acclaimed stor...

The Changing Landscape of Global Philanthropy: What About Diasporas?

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

The changing landscape of global philanthropy leaves us with the question of what if we cannot measure social change with the tools of the business world or with numbers.

Paul Stoller or Why Anthropology Still Matters

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 04.25.2013 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

The Nobel may be Sweden's most famous prize, but the Retzius medal is also quite an honor. That the award this year goes to Paul Stoller is particularly noteworthy because his work is somewhat outside the mainstream of anthropology.

Calling All Post50 Fiction Writers

Rita Wilson | Posted 06.16.2014 | Fifty

Calling all fiction writers 50 and older! Huff/Post50 is seeking short-story submissions from our readers. We believe storytelling is a powerful art form and tool for self-expression, and we have a feeling there’s a lot of hidden writing talent among our audience just waiting to be discovered.

On Why We Cook: To Seek Refuge, To Inspire And To Remember

Liza de Guia | Posted 04.16.2013 | Taste
Liza de Guia

What compels us to cook? I come to the kitchen to be fully present in the moment.

The Critical Art of Storytelling

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Leading is about story-telling... The English writer A.S. Byatt, whose novel Possession won the esteemed Booker Prize in 1990, observed in a piece ti...

The Squawk Heard 'Round the World

Rob White | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

My mind settled down by the time the flight attendant announced our arrival in Boston, at which point it dawned on me that Philippa was exhibiting three great human qualities: acceptance, tolerance, and forgiveness.

How Storytelling Can Transform Education

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 06.12.2013 | College
Gregoris Kalai

A story, in its purest form, is possibly the most human way to communicate. Yet with the advent of technological and scientific advances, this forgotten art has taken a backseat to other, more data-driven, ways of communication.

Humankind's Greatest Innovation is the Power of Story

Pam Allyn | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

There is just one innovation that has withstood the test of time, fought off wars and conflict, stood tall in the face of adversity and adapted itself to the different means by which it is conveyed. This is the power of story itself.

Interruptions Welcome

Carissa K | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Carissa K

Through the eyes of a parent, I am conditioned to view the world from a vantage point that allows me to absorb the lessons the world teaches and share them with my children.

Taking Story Global

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Our personal narratives carry tremendous value in our professional pursuits. We just have to know how to tap into them.

Is Anybody Listening?

Jan Phillips | Posted 05.25.2013 | Impact
Jan Phillips

If you're not satisfied with how well people have been listening to you lately, ask yourself these questions and see how you evaluate your storytelling skills.

How Flawed Memories Teach Us What's True

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgJussi Hovenen sings songs that few people care to hear nowadays. He's the last rune singer in Finland -- the only living man who can still sing most of his ancestors' great ballads and epics from memory.

Interview With Actor Gabriel Byrne

Jill Rachel Jacobs | Posted 05.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jill Rachel Jacobs

Byrne, best known as the sympathetic therapist Paul Weston in HBO's series In Treatment and movie The Usual Suspects, shared his views on the importance of storytelling and why we're more similar to the Viking culture than we may realize.

Last Call Interview: Alexandre Singh at the Drawing Center

Chris Vroom | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Chris Vroom

Alexandre Singh was born in 1980 and currently lives in New York. His practice utilizes a wide range of media including drawing, performance and sculpture to explore issues around the mutability of truth and the nature of human consciousness.

Coming Back From Damascus

Ruba Nadda | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
Ruba Nadda

The last time my family and I came back from Damascus was in 1990, we landed in New York and my sister, Layla, was so happy to be back in North America that she got on her hands and knees in the middle of JKF airport and kissed the ground. She was 12.

Friendship, Murder and Writing

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 04.24.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

Louis and I had a long history of sharing true stories and he'd given this one to me as a rare gift -- that was my impression. Without saying the words, we both understood that I would never write about it while my friend was alive, and I didn't.

Turning a Personal Fall Into a Professional Win

Jen Grisanti | Posted 04.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

Have your life turns caused you to move away from your goal because of the scars they've left behind? By using what you lost to propel you further, there is no end to what you can accomplish.


Jill Robinson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

The Slam, then, is one of these new worlds where we meet together; hear each other in real time, real life. There's more, all around, and I'll be there, like listening, like learning.

Thoughts on Storytelling From a Communications Vet

Stuart Fischer | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business
Stuart Fischer

Too few young people eager to begin a career in communications, however, have a genuine appreciation for language or story. If there is anything that unites my eclectic mix of colleagues, it is that we're generalists who believe in the primacy of good writing.

David Dean Bottrell's Hilarious Ode to Working Hits the L.A. Stage

Xaque Gruber | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

L.A. Theatre-goers are in for a treat because for four successive Wednesday evenings from February 20th to March 13th, acclaimed actor/writer David Dean Bottrell takes to the Acme Comedy Theatre stage.

Valentines Day #37: Unlocking My Story of Being Single

Cara E. Jones | Posted 04.14.2013 | Women
Cara E. Jones

"Breathe," I told myself, "Breathe. You're a yoga teacher for God's sake." Yet I couldn't seem to do the one thing I instruct my students to do 50 times a class.

When Numbers Speak Only of Numbers

David Sable | Posted 04.13.2013 | Media
David Sable

Numbers are powerful entities -- understanding them, controlling them, manipulating them can teach us a lot and give us an edge -- but in the end, without the stories in front, behind and on the sides, they simply remain numbers.

Are You Using Knowledge, or Is Knowledge Using You?

Miguel Ruiz, Jr. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

Throughout life, we constantly narrate, or commentate on, everything we do, say, see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. As natural storytellers, we continuously keep the plot moving forward, sometimes missing millions of subplots that are developing on their own.