Existential Disaster or Re-Briefing?

I’m on the lookout for The Great Filter every single day hoping, naturally, that it’s far, far behind us. Advanced intelligent life is probable, but the lack of it in our solar system is troubling. That said, I also find myself grappling with not-so-great filters in everyday agency work. These are also know as Idea Killers. Throughout…

“Hell is other people” And The Eyes of Others

Came across a quote this morning that really got me thinking. “Hell is other people,” writes Jean Paul Sartre. Now, admittedly, we all presumably share this admonition once in a while — when we’re on public transportation, Black Friday shopping or simply seeking a moment for our selves. But I needed to get to the bottom of what Sartre meant…

Maslow’s Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em

I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with humanist psychology — the notion of being very cautious when reducing human beings to their basic chemistry. All too often we look at one particular thing — and jump to a seemingly simple conclusion. The problem here, of course, is that we are making judgments based on what we know…

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…