1. Stories Make Meaning

    “Stories are how we think. They are how we make meaning of life. Call them schemas, scripts, cognitive maps, mental models, metaphors, or narratives. Stories are how we explain how things work, how we make decisions, how we justify our decisions, how we persuade others, how we understand our place...

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  2. 10 Kinds of Story to Tell With Data

    “Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they work is not much help to anyone trying to master the art of analytical storytelling. What’s needed is a framework for...

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  3. The Widening World of Hand-Picked Truths

    I enjoyed this thought-provoking observation and lament by New York Times science writer, George Johnson. “With astronauts walking in space, and polio and other infectious diseases seemingly on the way to oblivion, it was natural to assume that people would increasingly stop believing things just because they had always believed...

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  4. Our Narrative Selves

    “We’re hard-wired to turn our lives into stories – how will we cope with the dizzying digital fictions of the future, ask John Bickle and Sean Keating “We are our narratives” has become a popular slogan. “We” refers to our selves, in the full-blooded person-constituting sense. “Narratives” refers to the...

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  5. Data on Purpose

    Stories have always been an effective way to transmit the human experience. Excellent data storytellers combine data and analytics with a point of view along with examples that reveal the meaningful story hidden within the data. February 9-10, 2016, join Stanford Social Innovation Review and a lineup of expert data...

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