I have heard a lot about the Laramie Project. It did live up to what has been said about it. As a play it was a very easy read. It was my first introduction into Verbatim theatre. I like the power of the style and the way that you could put across so many different perspectives. It was also interesting to talk to a friend who is from that region and was at the University at the same time as Matthew Shepard. She had a different perspective to the storytellers. Powerful piece of Theatre which could be used dynamically with an IB Theatre class.
People often ask me why I love history - I said that History is the same as Theatre. It is all about telling a story. This is what part of the arts is all about. Telling a story and making connections. Often students take the Arts as a " easier" optoption or because parent's don't see the value of it. Daniel Pink highlights the importance of the story. It also makes me think about what we have all lost in the drive for money and so called success.
P102 – Joesph Campbell – 1949 – book The Hero with a thousand Faces – all myths – across time and culture – contain the basic ingredients and follow the same recipes – there are no new stories – just the same stories retold
Hero’s journey – Departure – hears the call refuses and then accepts crosses into a new world, Initiation – faces still challenges – gets a mentor – be transforms and return – master of two worlds
Robert McKee – book – Story: Substance, structure, Style and principles of screenwriting
Advertising – story writing – big business
P 106 Steve Denning – World Bank story – story telling doesn’t replace analytical thinking – it supplements it by enabling us to imagine new perspectives and new worlds - abstract analysis is easier to understand when told through the lens of a well chosen story
P 106 – Richard Olivier – “ Mythodrama” – his clients read Shakespeare to elicit lessons in leadership and corporate governance
P107 - Alan Kay - “ We are all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us a story”
Enable to distinguish goods and services in the market place – marketing – house sales; wine sales
Narrative medicine – stories – that is how people make sense of what is happening to them when they are sick
P112 – Barry Lopez – Arctic Dreams – if stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.
P117 – mini Sagas – 50 words beginning, middle and end
www.storycorps.net www.storycentre.org Australian national Storytelling confest; www.dstory.com; www.lanes.org
P122 – Story is an ancient art – but like all art it can be enhances with modern tools
This a new book that I am reading - I think it has lots of interesting points
Pink, Daniel, H A Whole New Mind, New York, RiverHead Books -Penguin Group 2005. Print ISBN – 1 – 57322-308-5
P1 – The future belongs to very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind – creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning makers. These people – artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big pictures thinkers – will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joy.
1. The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body; the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body
2. L H is sequential; R H is simultaneous
3. LH specializes in text; the R H specializes in context – RH is responsible for understanding metaphors
4. L H analyses the details; R H synthesizes the big picture
P28 Abundance, Asia and Automation
P 51 three questions – 1. Can someone overseas do it cheaper? 2. Can a computer do it faster? 3 is what I am offering in demand in an age of abundance?
P 55 more Americans today work in arts, entertainment and design than work as lawyers, accountants and auditors – “2002 National Cross Industry Estimates of employment and Mean Annual Wage for SOC Major Occupational groups” Occupational Employment Statistics Program, Bureau of labor Statistics – www.bls.gov/oes/home.htm
P 61 aptitudes “the six senses”. Design. Story. Symphony. Empathy. Play. Meaning.
1. Not just function but also Design – must be beautiful or emotionally engaging
2. Not just argument – story – p 66 the essence of persuasion, communication and self understanding
3. Focus – symphony – seeing the big picture, crossing boundaries
4. Logic – empathy – to understand what makes their fellows tick, forge relationships and to care for others
5. Play – need to play – best bosses have humour
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