The Power of Storytelling | #storymooc

Following (and tremendously enjoying) iversity‘s #mooc “The Future of Storytelling”, I sat down to collect my thoughts about storytelling and decided to compile a list of my favorite TED Talks up to now. I discovered TED in February this year while spending time in North-Eastern China, with little access to my usual distractions, and I was hooked immediately. Great characters and people share their ideas, emotions and stories.

These are my favorite talks as I saw them up to October 2013, mostly connected somehow to storytelling. (This article is not finished yet.)

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Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud
At 21.16, Mr. Mitra shares a story from the trip to the Himalayas and illustrates it with the image that burned in my head. For me, it’s the main idea behind bringing #moocs to the world, to offer solid education for free. Get on with it. (Not only in America.)
http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html

If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century. 
Barack Obama, via http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-speech-economy-knox-college-full-text-2013-7

Garr Reynolds: Story, Imagery & the Art of 21st Century Presentation.
Content is King. Not text. Ideas. Great stuff.
http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/Story-Imagery-the-Art-of-21st-2

J. J. Abrams: The Mystery Box
There need to be more great grandpas in this world. http://www.ted.com/talks/j_j_abrams_mystery_box.html

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story
http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html

Hans Rosling:
He’s the first person to make statistics really fun, explaining population growth with shoeboxes (“Religions”) and the connection between washing machines and happy children. Also, love Mr. Rosling’s accent. ;-)

Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again
As a person immersed to Japanese and Chinese culture and language, I really enjoyed the performance at 6.50 where he’s talking with the lady’s voice. It made me understand a little more about the fun native speakers have when hearing foreigners use expressions mostly used by the opposite sex. For Japanese, I had mostly female teachers… (Also enjoyed the trouser dance, at 1.50).
http://www.ted.com/talks/hetain_patel_who_am_i_think_again.html

Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story
I don’t remember much of the rest of the talk, but the first minute and 15 secs was the most enjoyable performance in Scottish yet.
http://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_stanton_the_clues_to_a_great_story.html

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education
What #MOOCs are.
http://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_koller_what_we_re_learning_from_online_education.html

 


Bonus

Robert Carlyle: Johnnie Walker – The Man Who Walked Around the World
I do not drink, but enjoy the way this story is told, with the props and the pace and timing… Well done.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF8tBHI4DHM

RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
“Put the issue of money of the table.” Insightful. The money carrot is not what motivates me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc


I will remember a few more talks, so I’ll add them and my comments later. Smiley