Life, in six words: Highlights from our chat with Larry Smith In 2006, Larry Smith issued a challenge to his online community: encapsulate your life in a six-word memoir. It quickly became a phenomenon, with people all around the world chiming in. Smith is still fascinated by the short tales people tell about themselves — especially those told by kids. And so he conceptualized the TED Book Things Don’t Have to Be Complicated: Illustrated Six-Word Memoirs by Students Making Sense of the World. The twist?
Monomyth Joseph Campbell's monomyth, or the hero's journey, is a basic pattern that its proponents argue is found in many narratives from around the world. This widely distributed pattern was described by Campbell in The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949). Campbell, an enthusiast of novelist James Joyce, borrowed the term monomyth from Joyce's Finnegans Wake. Campbell held that numerous myths from disparate times and regions share fundamental structures and stages, which he summarized in The Hero with a Thousand Faces: A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.
The Principles of Active Waiting vs. feeling-like-a-loser, losing-your-mind kind of waiting... I’ve learned a lot about waiting in the last while. I can’t say I’m a fan of waiting for what I want but I’ve finally learned to harness the waiting periods in a new way. Some might call it the virtue of patience, but I’ll never admit to becoming patient. What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre Further reading to recap what we learned. Urban legend has it that tattooed patients undergoing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) have experienced the ink being ripped from their skin – Is it true? Even though the presence of metal is common in pigments, there are no documented reports of tattoos being “ripped out” during a routine MRI. But some people do exhibit swelling, itching or burning after getting scanned. There are also reports of pigments causing problems with the MRI results, perhaps because of the metals in the inks (FDA, 2011).
The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence, And Scientific Thinking There’s a key difference between knowledge and experience and it’s best described like this: The image is from cartoonist Hugh MacLeod, who came up with such a brilliant way to express a concept that’s often not that easy to grasp. The image makes a clear point—that knowledge alone is not useful unless we can make connections between what we know. Whether you use the terms "knowledge" and "experience" to explain the difference or not, the concept itself is sound. Spanish Storytelling for Leaders now available Posted by Shawn Callahan - September 23, 2014Filed in Business storytelling, News Early this year we appointed two business partners in Mexico, one in Mexico City (Jesus Trejo) and the other in Monterrey (Astrolab). Of course this meant translating our Storytelling for Leaders materials into Spanish. We engaged a professional translator in Mexico City who did a wonderful job understanding the nuances of our work and making the most appropriate translation. Our business partners are very pleased with the result.
The tone of voice triangle Is humor part of your brand’s personality? Do you wonder if it should be? When humor fits with your brand’s online identity, it can be a powerful social media tool. In this article I’ll show you examples of three ways you can use humor to grab attention. Define Your Online Tone Humor is an excellent addition to your social media toolbox. 7 Ways to Break Clutter’s Emotional Grip Except in cases of compulsive hoarding, the word “clutter” is associated more with annoyance than with addiction. Yet as with all dependencies, the piling up of possessions, obligations or worries creates a powerful comfort zone. It also brings pain at any thought of major change. There can be an emotional tug-of-war between the longing for better things and the dread of climbing out of our rut to walk forward. It’s hard to make progress when you’re weighed down by and emotionally attached to clutter:
Just How Small Is an Atom? - Jonathan Bergmann Whether we’re zooming in to the wavelength of a gamma ray or zooming out to the size of a galaxy, it can be difficult to wrap our heads around the big numbers we’re measuring—like nanometers (10-9meters) or gigameters (109). Take a look at these efforts to represent big numbers. What are the strengths of each? Life Lessons From Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Posted by Shawn Callahan - September 26, 2014Filed in Business storytelling With so much talk about business storytelling you’d think business people were telling more stories. Sadly we see lots of people talking about stories but very few telling them. And quite frankly, you just don’t get the benefits of storytelling unless you are telling a story.
Kishōtenketsu Kishōtenketsu (起承転結?) describes the structure and development of classic Chinese, Korean and Japanese narratives. It was originally used in Chinese poetry as a four-line composition, such as Qijue, and is also referred to as 'kishōtengō' (起承転合?). The Curious Case of Men and Women's Buttons — Atlantic Mobile On shirts, they're on the left for the ladies and on the right for the gents. That's because of horses, babies, and Napoleon. "Are you wearing lady clothes?" Darryl Philbin asked Michael Scott. No, the regional manager of the fictional Dunder Mifflin insisted: His suit fits him, and he is a man, therefore, "at the very least, it's bisexual." What made it clear to Michael, finally, that his "power suit" was indeed also a women's suit was that the buttons of its jacket were, he noted, "on the wrong side."
12 Must-See TED Talks for Purposeful Women - Let Why Lead When my husband first started cueing TED talks for us, I’d try to convince him to go for Modern Family instead. But it wasn’t long before I caught on. A TED talk means you are twenty minutes away from feeling like you can do amazing things. I’ve spent a lot of time narrowing it down, and these are my twelve favorite TED talks for purposeful women.