Welcome, all you Like Minds!

Welcome to Exeter in Devon, all of you who are attending the Like Minds conference this week (Thursday and Friday, October 28 and 29).

The success of the Like Minds conference is a great credit to the organisers, the speakers, the sponsors, the local community and, of course, the participants. With each conference, there has been an increase in its scale, duration, diversity and ambition. Continue reading “Welcome, all you Like Minds!”

An application of storytelling

Practical storytelling

What is storytelling used for? Storytelling is always important and is particularly topical this week when there is a great conference on the subject.

Examples of practical uses of storytelling abound in the fields of training and elsewhere. One of the most practical uses is in aviation, a field in which storytelling is rife. This is driven by the general acceptance, in aviation culture and especially among pilots, that no one has enough time or lives to learn entirely from their own mistakes; it is important also to learn from other people’s mistakes. Continue reading “An application of storytelling”

The value of a story

How often have you heard …

“Have you heard that … ?”

“Don’t forget the old saying: …”

“Did you hear the one about … ?”

The need to pass on “the one about …” is based on the urge to share a good story. This happens with jokes, mythical tales and real life stories. So why is that? What is it about a good story that  is  “valuable”? We will return to this question. Continue reading “The value of a story”