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Kurt Vonnegut's Shape of Stories

Posted by: leelefever on March 5, 2014- 8:19am

Categories: infographic, Kurt Vonnegut, Story, storytelling, visualization, youtube

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As the OpenCulture blog explains, Kurt Vonnegut once proposed a master's thesis at the University of Chicago about the shape of stories. The idea was rejected because it "was so simple and looked like too much fun." That sounds familiar. People have asked us before if our style of video production is appropriate for serious subjects.  Open Culture writes: The elegant simplicity and playfulness of Vonnegut’s idea is exactly its enduring appeal. The idea is so simple, in fact, that Vonnegut sums... Continue Reading

Explaining vs. Storytelling for Startups

Posted by: leelefever on September 18, 2012- 9:31am

Categories: Art of Explanation, business, Explanation, startups, storytelling

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Seattle investor and “startup guy” Chris Devore recently wrote about four categories of effort that will help founders show that their startup is growing and healthy.   There are four important categories of effort that every startup team needs to keep in mind. Too much -- or too little -- weight in any one of these areas can lead to disaster when it comes time to raise the next round: The first three categories are: Product Sales / Distribution  Recruiting All important points, but it’s the... Continue Reading

Ira Glass on the Building Blocks of Storytelling

Posted by: leelefever on May 11, 2010- 5:00pm

Categories: Explanation, ira glass, storytelling, tip

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We're big fans of Ira Glass and the This American Life radio show/podcast.  We listen to every show on the podcast and there are few broadcast storytellers that I respect more.  Via an older post on the Explainist blog, I found these videos of him describing the process of researching and crafting stories from back in 2006.  He names two building blocks of storytelling and how they work together. Really great perspectives that you can hear in every story he tells. The video above is actually... Continue Reading