In the wake of last month’s tragic attacks in Paris, France scholar Dr. Alex Toledano published an article in the New York Times titled“The Uncommon Resilience of Parisian Street Life.” He marveled at how, despite German occupation, and terrorist attacks from anarchists, colonists, and others, Paris has remained uniquely intact throughout the centuries.Read More
It is an intriguing dynamic, the way we take language for granted. Unless you are in isolation, eyes closed, mind blank, words are influencing you. Even in this solitary state you are arguably still “using” words. Yet, the average English speaker knows just 20,000 of the 1,025,109 words in the language – a mere 2% of words.Read More
In 400 BCE, Socrates was not afraid of ignorance. Rather, he recognized the importance of embracing what he did not know. He explained to his fellow Athenians the value of not “thinking they know” that which they “do not know”. If one does this, they are wise. (Plato’s Apology)
Ignorance creates an ambiguous, uncomfortable state, one in which the senses are heightened to taking in new knowledge and the mind is constantly reeling, searching for fulfilling questions. Such a state is optimal for both learning and discovery.Read More
A few days ago, I visited Munro’s bookstore in Victoria, British Columbia. I had been to Victoria before, but I had never ventured downtown to all the shops. This time, when I did so, I discovered not just a bookstore. I discovered a great bookstore and an experience I had been missing. I visited with books – real ones.Read More
I say a whole-hearted "yes."
For 20 years, I’ve been involved in the community that has promoted the use of storytelling in business. Most of my colleagues have written books about the subject. In many of them are processes and ideas that I have developed and offered to them to include. This year, I began asking myself why I had not written my own book on the use of story in business. This is not a book, but it may be the beginning of one.Read More