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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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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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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Mike Bonifer 1953-2013 Mike Bonifer, a writer, director, entertainment executive and educator and CEO of GameChangers, died today on his sixtieth birthday, in a freak accident, when a chunk of ice fell from a jet approaching Los Angeles International Airport and landed on Bonifer while he was sitting on the front porch of his south […]

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 Earlier this year, I spent a couple of days at the Northwestern University library archives, looking through and making notes from the papers of Viola Spolin, whom I call the godmother of improvisation. Viola was not a writer, she was a commenter, and so most of her notes are in fragments and asides. Her writing […]

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As part of Social Media Week GameChangers will be hosting a workshop on Sunday, Sept 22, from 6 to 8 PM called That Time a Story Kicked Big Bad Data’s Ass. The theme is how stories give context to information (and how information, by itself, is a poor conduit of communication). The workshop will explore […]

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Tuesday night, we staged an invitation-only workshop for 25 friends, acquaintances and interested folks to let them experience the marvel that is GameChangers. After reviewing our performance, the GameChangers team’s consensus is that on this particular night we were not marvelous. We started 15 minutes late, got slow in the middle and rushed at the […]

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One night when my son, Alex (who’s leaving tomorrow for a job in NYC) was five years old, we watched the movie E.T. together at home. When E.T. left Elliot to return to his home planet, Alex cried. He was still sad when I tucked him into bed a little later.  “Why did E.T. leave?” […]

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In hierarchical organizations, leadership moves primarily from the top down. That’s its sole direction. In this model, the CEO is automatically the leader in every scene that doesn’t  involve the Board of Directors. The people who report to the CEO are the leaders in every scene that does not involve the CEO or the Board […]

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