Storytelling: A well organized absence of information

“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.” At least that’s how British Playwright William Archer saw storytelling. And this arises in one of my favorite Ted Talks from Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”). Stanton shares what he knows about storytelling — and it’s almost too much to process.   For starters, Stanton, encourages us storytellers to follow…

Here Be Dragons in Planning

English mapmakers placed the phrase “here be dragons” at the edges of their known world to warn people not to venture off into the unknown. The modern equivalent of “Here Be Dragons is kind of “Do Not Enter. The point of this, of course, is that society, thinking it is in our best interest, spends a lot…

Donald Rumsfeld: Global Planning Director

Just watched Errol Morris’ latest film The Unknown Known and it blew my mind. I went into it expecting to just hate on former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld even more as he stumbled through his transgressions with Iraq. But, frankly, I was surprised with his insightful take on the world. For one, he described…

Kick em in the butt

What can a Baseball legend banned from the game for life tell us about planning? A whole lot, it seems. Working on a project recently I was thinking about the Pete Rose ESPN 30 For 30. He hit on two realizations that far too many Planners overlook. The first deals with our willingness to be…

Why “-ISH” is OK and Culture is Worth a Little Risk

Whenever I tell people my favorite book, they are shocked. Not many people have heard of The Executioner’s Song. Not even many Norman Mailer fans know much about it. The 1980 Pulitzer Prize winning “true-life story” uses a lean Capote-ish “non-fiction novel” style. Like In Cold Blood, it moves beyond a conventional novelistic approach. Which brings me to my point,…