The three stories of self, us and now – ideas.TED.com

Eric Liu discusses the nature of power and how stories can change the status quo, on Ideas.TED.com. This is true far beyond the context of civic power in which Liu writes. “When you want to challenge the powerful, you must change the story.” He outlines three nested stories we must tell; The Story of Self […]

Sci-fi prototyping with @SciFutures #contentmarketing #writing

The Times has a profile of SciFutures, a firm that creates sci-fi short stories to help businesses and other organisations envision the future and develop strategies in response. It’s a great concept and one already taken up by firms like Visa, Ford, Pepsi and Samsung, along with NATO and the US Navy. We are all […]

Less is more: Daniel Kahneman on detail

Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow is essential reading for anyone involved in business communication. It is packed with insights on how we (and therefore our audience) perceive and interpret things. One particular challenge is described in chapter 13: “Linda: Less is More”. The challenge is epitomised by a fictitious character, Linda, that Kahneman […]

Facts are facts, but images resonate – @thisisseth

Great point from Seth Godin, here. Facts and proof-points are essential. They give credibility to your case, they anchor it in reality. But, they are just the anchor; they are not the graceful yacht slicing through the waves.   Photo by Alin Meceanu on Unsplash

Stories are told in the body – @JeremyAdamSmith #writing #contentmarketing

Stories are told in the body, says Jeremy Smith: It doesn’t seem that way. We tend to think of stories as emerging from consciousness—from dreams or fantasies—and travelling through words or images to other minds. We see them outside of us, on paper or on screen, never under the skin. But we do feel stories. […]

Microcopy, (or simply attention to detail?) – @thisisseth #contentmarketing

Seth Godin is on a roll about writing… “People rarely read to the end. And they almost never spend as much time reading your words as you spend writing them. Which makes it ironic that the little phrases we use (in designing a simple form, or when we answer the phone) matter so much.” Read […]

Echoes through time: wide views over the sea – #Writing

“It is reason and wisdom which take away cares, not places affording wide views over the sea.” Horace (65BC – 8BC), Epistles I, xi,25-6

Science isn’t something to believe or not believe. It’s something to do – @thisisseth

Another from Seth Godin: “Science is a process. It’s not pretending it has the right answer, it merely has the best process to get closer to that right answer. Science is an ongoing argument, one where you show your work and make a prediction about what’s going to happen next.” We desperately need more science, […]

We owe you nothing – @thisisseth

Seth Godin points to a trend or attitude in business: to take a merely transactional perspective. “The dedicated fan sat through endless losing games. Even steven. Ticket purchased, game delivered. We owe you nothing. The problem with ‘even steven’ is that it turns trust and connection and emotions into nothing but a number. Revenue on […]

Echoes through time: on lost time and space

“Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less chary about the latter than of the former; space we can recover, time never.” Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) (via Execupundit’s Michael Wade)

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