April 1, 2015 | Category: Blog | Author:

Weekly roundup: StoryCorps, Selma, and face time app launches: StoryCorps founder Dave Isay won the 2012 TED Prize last month, granting him $1 million and the support of the TED community to fulfill a wish. Isay’s wish was to launch, a mobile app that enables users to record, archive and share audio stories. The big idea? “ is the vehicle to take StoryCorps global for the first time. We can’t wait to see what wisdom emerges from across the world.”

Face-to-face conversations: Speaking of StoryCorps and its one-on-one interviews… An article from “frank” last December says that a face-to-face conversation can be an effective means of changing people’s minds on polarized social issues; the focus of the article is public attitudes on gay rights.

Storytelling in Selma: Last month marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march for African-American civil rights. Storytelling trainer Lee-Sean Huang writes in the HuffPost that President Obama wisely told a story in an “opportunity-obstacle-choice” structure (which gives listeners a role in making change) as opposed to a “problem-solution” structure (which shuts them out). The author is the founder of the strategy and design consultancy Foossa; see the slides from a presentation he gave last month on Transformative Storytelling.