1. The Story of Hope

    An excerpt from Maya Angelou’s 1993 Inaugural Poem provides a glimpse into the timeless and tenacious story of hope. “Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need For this bright morning dawning for you. History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, and if faced With courage, need not...

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  2. The Science of How Storytelling Affects our Brains

    “Cognitive science has long recognized narrative as a basic organizing principle of memory. From early childhood, we tell ourselves stories about our actions and experiences. Accuracy is not the main objective – coherence is. If necessary, our minds will invent things that never happened simply to hold the narrative together.”...

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  3. Why Narrative Matters to Your Leadership

    A fascinating short article by Madelyn Blair published in July’s issue of Psychology Today make the direct connection between narrative and effective leadership. “Narrative psychology is the perspective that, as Ted Sabin from UCSC said, focuses on “the storied nature of human conduct.” The central thesis of this perspective is...

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  4. Data and Storytelling

    The true power of data comes from conveying the “so what” behind the numbers, inspiring people to probe new questions, and using it for rigorous statistical inquiry. Check out Jake Porway’s “Three Things Great Data Storytellers Do Differently” in the Standford Social Innovation Review.

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  5. Movements Have Narratives

    “Movements have narratives. They tell stories, because they are not just about rearranging economics and politics. They also rearrange meaning. And they are not just about redistributing the goods. They’re about figuring out what is good.” – Marshall Ganz

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