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.)


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.)

If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century. 
Barack Obama, via

Garr Reynolds: Story, Imagery & the Art of 21st Century Presentation.
Content is King. Not text. Ideas. Great stuff.

J. J. Abrams: The Mystery Box
There need to be more great grandpas in this world.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

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).

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.

Daphne Koller: What we’re learning from online education
What #MOOCs are.



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.

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.

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