How can we use story for good?
The latest contributor interview for WPC Book #2, What do we do after the pandemic? was with Suzy Waldman, a Canadian research analyst with PhDs in Communications Studies and English Literature. Suzy and I discussed her chapter, Engaging Narratives, in which she gives the reader food for thought around the potential for beneficial use of stories. After sharing an overview of her chapter and what she was trying to get at with it, we dove in deeper around the use of narrative — for good or ill — in our current context. Suzy shared loads of interesting insights, as well as some ideas around how we might use narrative to foster hope in a time when that’s become a precious commodity.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to our conversation in editing, and hope you do as well. More importantly, I hope it challenges your thinking in some way. That’s the whole point of the WPC project, not to get you to agree, but to invite you to take in other perspectives and poke and prod at your own.
I’ll be posting interviews with Jonathan Cohn, my editing partner for the Wicked Problems Collaborative, as well as Jamie Cooke, the head of RSA Scotland and a Book #2 contributor, over the next week or so. Stay tuned for those and please help us find our audience by sharing this post.
If you enjoy this episode, please check out some of the other WPC Book #2 interviews.
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