Daniel Pink has moved me to think of the future very differently. I have a lot to say about the beginning of the book, but let me share a few thoughts on storytelling. This quote reminded me of our separate art practices, but also when our art has come together in collaboration like the past two years: (this quote starts by Pink explaining how people are searching for personal meaning) “What these efforts reveal is a hunger for what stories can provide-context enriched by emotion, a deeper understanding of how we fit in a why that matters. The Conceptual Age can remind us what has always been true but rarely been acted upon-that we must listen to each others stories and that we are each the authors of our own lives” Pg. 115
I thought of you because a big piece of your art practice is about stories and relationships. What do you think about what he says here and how it relates to what you do in your studio?
I also like his ‘portfolio’ sections with added information on how people are currently engaging in what he is discussing. How great would that be to record a StoryCorps session together! We will have to do that next time we go to NYC. I also liked the idea of writing a ‘mini-saga’ (in 50 words or less). Do you want to do that about our Goddard experience or something like that? It would be a great creative writing exercise.
I also thought it was great when he said “Listening, after all, is an act of love”. This gets at the whole “story” idea he is talking about. You do not have stories if no one listens. Listening takes time. As I move about my week I am going to be more aware about when I listen and when I do not. Today, I was not a good listener with my very long To-Do list and two busy kids nipping at my heels to play. I will be better tomorrow. I will listen and love more tomorrow.