Oct 22nd 2009

Stalin wrote that, “A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” Everyday we see this on the news–numbers, numbers, “us” and “them”–and it’s not until we hear the actual story, one person’s loss or love or courage or fight, that we start to understand what’s really going on around the world, a jumping off point to that bigger picture. Art is built around storytelling–a painting, a play, a novel, a film–but there are also the stories we tell day-to-day in simple conversation: in bars and at work, to strangers or loved ones, to explain where we’re coming from and where we want to go. This lecture will explore storytelling as an every day art; how we connect, teach, bridge gaps, unite communities and find truth. How do you use storytelling in your day-to-day, and, more importantly, how can you?

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