I had often wondered why Robin Williams seemed more and more forlorn every time I saw him perform over the past few years. He was like a magician who’d finished his act and wanted to leave the party, but the guests demanded more tricks, and he, a gentleman, obliged. Oh he still had it. Ideas […]

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In Part One of this post, we shared an observation made in 1982 by the actor Barnard Hughes, on the set of the motion picture, Tron, that in the digital world, everything is remembered, nothing is forgotten. We defined it in scientific terms as Barney’s Law: Memory expands to fill a network. Here in Part […]

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My first job in the entertainment business was working on the feature film, Tron, as its publicist and author of the book The Art of Tron. It was a gamechanging experience for many reasons. This is about one of those reasons. One of my responsibilities was to interview the stars of the film for feature […]

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I first noticed it in a trendy Hollywood bar in the early 1990s: A room full of people singing a song and not one of them making eye contact with anyone else in the room. They were all looking at the karaoke screen. Their connection was the screen. The machine. It didn’t matter whether they […]

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From my presentation of a paper on the relationship between Big Data and Story; 2013 Quantum Storytelling Conference; Inn of the Arts, Las Cruces, NM With gratitude to John Godfrey Saxe for the concept Six Scientists and the Dataset It was six Men of Science All with advanced degrees Who crunched a massive Dataset (For […]

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There’s a lot of buzz in business about storytelling, and unprecedented demand for storytelling expertise. People are discovering Joseph Campbell, Jungian archetypes, world building, Bettelheim, Pixar’s process, and other storytelling and cinematic motifs, and applying them to leadership and brand narratives. Because the environment in which stories come to life and get shared has changed, the practice of storytelling […]

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LeaderCast produced a sketch buzzing around the webz that’s funny because it’s true. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out, it’ll leaven our mutual conference call pain with humor: We’ve all been on this call more often that we’d like to be. I have seen people juggling two conference calls at once–one on […]

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Let’s look at the relationship between Data and Story. I’ll be presenting a paper on this subject in December at the Conference on Quantum Storytelling in Las Cruces, NM. It is a complex subject, because it gets at the heart of where meaning resides in organizations and communities, how we share it, and how it […]

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In an Oct. 2013 post in Wired, Joshua Davis (@JoshuaDavisNow) describes the remarkable teaching techniques of Sergio Juárez Correa, a grade school teacher in Matamoros, an impoverished Mexican city of half a million across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Inspired by the work of TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at […]

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