#TEDTalkTuesday: the power of story

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

The single story creates stereotypes,and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

… when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise

Malcolm Gladwell: The unheard story of David and Goliath

And of course, the name of the giant is Goliath and the name of the shepherd boy is David, and the reason that story has obsessed me over the course of writing my book is that everything I thought I knew about that story turned out to be wrong.

What they didn’t understand was that the very thing that was the source of his apparent strength was also the source of his greatest weakness.

Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting

Why a story? Well, I think that we are wired, our DNA tells us to tell stories. We tell stories all the time about everything, and I think we do it because the world is kind of a crazy, chaotic place, and sometimes stories, we’re trying to make sense of the world a little bit, trying to bring some order to it.

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