Un Pacto Con Mis Miedos—A Pact With My Fears

By Celine O’Malley “Ay Dios! Mira el pajaro!” (My God! Look at the bird!) The words flew out of my mouth as I stared out into the audience of the Delfus Bar in Lima, Peru. I was performing, in front of strangers, in Spanish! The moment that thought flew through my mind, my Spanish vocabulary …

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11 Ways Remarkable Storytellers Create New Worlds

11 Ways Remarkable Storytellers Create New Worlds Time Magazine (New York, NY), June 10, 2015 Summary: The better at storytelling someone is, the more that readers and listeners are transported to a whole new world. According to studies conducted on this transportation phenomenon, great stories alter beliefs, result in the loss of access to real-world …

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“Había una vez… Once upon a time…”

by Carrie Sue Ayvar Magical words. Each summer at my grandparents’ house, my Grandma Selma would ask us, “Where would you like to go today?” Then she would utter those magical words and we would be off – to Europe, Africa, South America and beyond! She taught us that we could travel around the world, …

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What is a Storytelling Residency?

By Katie Knutson Many Storytellers, especially those who work with children, talk about doing residencies. Often we forget that newer tellers might not know what we are talking about. This is especially confusing when the term “Artist Residency” means two very different things. A School or Arts Learning Residency In my experience, when most storytellers …

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Why are patient stories valuable in health care?

Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Open School (Cambridge, MA), April 30, 2015   Summary: One of the things that we do a lot of in the area of patient- and family-centered care and in changing culture is storytelling. Stories really help us to connect to the process — the processes that we’re involved in day to …

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Physician-author Abraham Verghese encourages journalists to tell the powerful stories of medicine

Scope – Stranford Medicine (Stanford, CA), April 24, 2015 Summary: Stanford’s Abraham Verghese, MD, greeted hundreds of journalists at the Association of Health Care Journalists 2015 conference with a talk centered on the power of stories and of medicine. There are many types of stories that need to be told, Verghese encouraged his audience. Tell …

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The resurgence of the storyteller

The resurgence of the storyteller The Hindu Business Line (Chennai, India), March 12, 2015 Summary: It’s beyond doubt that storytelling has immense power as a tool to make people believe in an idea. For different kinds of professionals (educators, human resource managers, marketers, etc.) different reasons are fuelling the storyteller phenomenon. Specifically, in the case …

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