Thursday, March 13, 2014
Human beings are unique in the versatility and creativity with which we communicate ideas to each other. One of the most basic and fundamental techniques of sharing ideas is through the telling of stories. Telling our stories to each other is our way of connecting to other human beings by sharing our experiences. Over the centuries the platforms through which we tell our stories has changed, and recently new platforms have opened up thanks to the Internet, providing new opportunities for people to share their stories. Here I will highlight two such programs: The Moth and StoryCorps. I will also be sharing my ideas on what makes storytelling so fundamentally important to human lives.