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Using Story to Change Systems (Blog)

By Ella SaltmarsheWe need to develop new processes of collective storytelling across sectors to navigate turbulent times and foster systems change.


Study: CEOs Who Invest In Social Responsibility Initiatives Risk Their Jobs

A new study shows that CEOs who invest in corporate social responsibility initiatives put themselves at significant risk of losing their jobs.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>CEOs - these are people who are hired to make money for their companies' shareholders, of course. Some people would like CEOs to …

Notre Dame

“This Is How A Writer Writes A Story” by Margaret Malone

<i>Margaret Malone crafted this wonderful essay about her path to becoming a writer. It’s charming, funny, and one of our favorite essays this year.</i> …

Creative Writing

Have a lover, have friends, read books. Montaigne was right about one thing

We think we are escaping ourselves when we read literature, but we might be going deeper into our interior worlds through the therapy of reading<p>The understanding that literature can comfort, console and heal has been around since the second millennium BC; it is no coincidence that Apollo was the …


This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry

When I think of poetry that packs a sensory punch — that gives me the chills, that makes my hair stand on end — I think of Rainer Maria Rilke’s …

Why Grand Narrative Won't Save Us This Time

There is an empty tomb in Jerusalem, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian quarter of the Old City. It is likely not where where Jesus …

Viet Thanh Nguyen: In praise of doubt and uselessness

Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from<p>UC Berkeleyin May and had turned 26 in February. That summer, I found a small apartment in Silver Lake and began preparing for a new career as a professor at USC. I look back on myself with …