storytelling

How I Celebrated my 30th Birthday

A few days ago I celebrated my thirtieth birthday, in a way I had never imagined. Waking up before the sun, I made my way to the Conundrum Creek Trailhead just outside of Aspen, bag packed and headed off. A popular tourist attraction in the summer and fall months, the park authorities shut down the […]

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The Significance of Storytelling

Storytelling remains the backbone of our education. We grow up begging for bedtime stories; as adolescents, we yearn for television and movies; and, in adulthood, many of us turn to books. Joseph Campbell, world-renowned mythologist and author, discussed at length the importance of myth. He had a wide understanding of myths across geography and time, […]

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3 Things I learned while my plane crashed

We have all seen movies or read books in which characters confront a terrifying near-death experience that completely changes the way they live their lives from that point on. In this short emotional TED talk, Ric Elias shares his real-life account of his sudden brush with death and describes 3 ways in which it has […]

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Growth outside of your comfort zone

Ben Saunders is a badass who knows a thing or two about challenge. At 26, he skied the North Pole by himself for over 70 days in sub-35 degree temps. This year, he will walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. His message to you in this short talk is […]

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The Lifelong Learner

In his powerful display of storytelling, the lifelong learner Ben Dunlap weaves us through intersecting stories full of emotion and insight. He discusses the tales of a brilliant and compassionate Hungarian Holocaust survivor, a prodigious art collector who happens to be a heart surgeon, and a ruler of a textile empire with an unending knowledge […]

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The opportunity of adversity

Adversity comes in many different forms: tragedies, emotional heartbreaks, psychological impairments, or just minor roadblocks. Aimee Mullins’ came in the form of a physical disability as she was born without shinbones. In this heartfelt talk, Aimee Mullins talks about how we frame adversity as something we need to get around in order to resume our […]

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In search of the man who broke my neck

In this jaw-droppingly emotional talk, Joshua Prager uses his beautiful storytelling to weave through the events that led to his broken neck and the challenging trek he encountered while searching around the globe for the man who did it. Calling on the words of Viktor Frankl, “the last of human freedoms is to choose one’s […]

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Chris Abani and the Power of Story

Writer Chris Abani speaks about the importance of storytelling, using stories of Africa as his narrative vehicle. Abani illustrates the power story has to imprint on our own feelings of otherness to perpetuate stereotypes. Language does not have an absolute value. Language is contextual and its meaning changes from situation to situation. Abani’s TED talk […]

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