“I believe there is power in words, power in asserting our existence, our experience, our lives, through words.” ~ Jesmyn Ward
I read Daniel Pink’s book A Whole New Mind a few years back in which he discusses increasingly valuable skills, collective priorities, and economic trends we should consider in shaping our perspectives about the future that awaits us all. By future, my takeaway from Pink’s book referenced being more mindful in how we approach personal relationships – whether we are developing new ones, healing strained ones that are worth saving, or severing useless, draining ones. I also understood Pink’s as a tool I can use to guide my approach to pursuing professional aspirations, namely using storytelling to further humanize everyday workflows.
Of the numerous people discussing the value of storytelling – Pink is hardly the first – his work is the first I extensively read that spells out the meaning of storytelling in a way that resonated so deeply with me. Admittedly, I did not agree with everything Pink articulates in A Whole New Mind – his seemingly low opinion of MBAs’ future value to society struck me harsh at the very least and incompletely founded at the most. The most magnetic draw to storytelling in Pink’s book came from his quoting a cognitive scientist by the name of Roger Schank, “Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” What an epiphany that was for me.
To hone my storytelling abilities and impart what I think to be valuable information based on my experiences as a human being, public health professional, and card-carrying MBA – I created this website to house the following blog series. Coupled with my joy for reading, I wish to improve my writing skills while extending an invitation to millions of others that are willing to share their stories with me as well. Let talk!