Houston, We Have a Narrative

Why Science Needs Story


Author: Randy Olson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022627098X

Category: Science

Page: 256

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Ask a scientist about Hollywood, and you’ll probably get eye rolls. But ask someone in Hollywood about science, and they’ll see dollar signs: moviemakers know that science can be the source of great stories, with all the drama and action that blockbusters require. That’s a huge mistake, says Randy Olson: Hollywood has a lot to teach scientists about how to tell a story—and, ultimately, how to do science better. With Houston, We Have a Narrative, he lays out a stunningly simple method for turning the dull into the dramatic. Drawing on his unique background, which saw him leave his job as a working scientist to launch a career as a filmmaker, Olson first diagnoses the problem: When scientists tell us about their work, they pile one moment and one detail atop another moment and another detail—a stultifying procession of “and, and, and.” What we need instead is an understanding of the basic elements of story, the narrative structures that our brains are all but hardwired to look for—which Olson boils down, brilliantly, to “And, But, Therefore,” or ABT. At a stroke, the ABT approach introduces momentum (“And”), conflict (“But”), and resolution (“Therefore”)—the fundamental building blocks of story. As Olson has shown by leading countless workshops worldwide, when scientists’ eyes are opened to ABT, the effect is staggering: suddenly, they’re not just talking about their work—they’re telling stories about it. And audiences are captivated. Written with an uncommon verve and enthusiasm, and built on principles that are applicable to fields far beyond science, Houston, We Have a Narrative has the power to transform the way science is understood and appreciated, and ultimately how it’s done.

Houston, We've Had a Problem

The Story of the Apollo 13 Disaster


Author: Rebecca Rissman

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1515779408

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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In an immersive, exciting narrative nonfiction format, this powerful book follows a selection of people who experienced the events surrounding the Apollo 13 disaster.

God's Epic Adventure


Author: Winn Griffin

Publisher: Harmon Press

ISBN: 0979907608

Category: Religion

Page: 412

View: 8767

Griffin uses Bishop Tom Wright's five-act-play model as a way of presenting Scripture as a full-length story in order to assist the reader in a better reading experience of the text. (Christian)

Circle of the 9 Muses

A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers


Author: David Hutchens

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118974123

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 9452

The action-based guide to powerful, influential organizationalstorytelling Circle of the 9 Muses captures the best practices of theworld's most influential story consultants and knowledge workers tohelp you find, tell, and draw value from your organizationalstories as impetus for action. This rich toolbox is loaded withfun, graphical instructions and dozens of unique, replicable, andfacilitated processes that require no special training orexpertise. You'll discover your organization's hidden narrativeassets, use different templates and frameworks to tell the storiesof your past, present, and future and then draw team members intorich meaning-making dialogue that translates into action. Theseactivities can be exercised in endless permutations, and expertadvice steers you toward the right activity for a specific purpose,including managing change, setting strategy, onboarding, definingthe brand, engaging supporters or customers, merging cultures,building trust, and much more. Organizational storytelling is a powerful managerial tool and anessential change management technique. This is about your influenceas a leader. Knowing the right story to tell and how to deliver iteffectively gives you and your organization enormous influence, andhelps connect employees to strategy by providing understanding,belief, and motivation in their personal contribution. This book isthe ultimate field guide to becoming an influential storyteller,with concrete, actionable guidance toward all the storytellingfundamentals. Identify your organization's "narrative assets" Craft an elegant, well-constructed organizational story Capture, bank, and share stories with extraordinaryengagement Facilitate a dialogue to draw out meaning and inducechange The growing interest surrounding organizational storytelling hasmany change agents focused on "trying to tell better stories," butgoals are useless without a plan of action. Circle of the 9Muses helps you weave narrative wisdom into organizationaldevelopment activities, engaging employees and driving change.

Frontier Blood

The Saga of the Parker Family


Author: Jo Ella Powell Exley

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603441094

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 331

View: 9071

2001 Summerfield G. Roberts Award, presented by the Sons of the Republic of Texas Drawing on a wealth of contemporary accounts, including several first-person stories, Jo Ella Powell Exley follows Cynthia Ann-Parker-a descendant of Elder John Parker-last of the great Comanche war chiefs- through her life in the Indian camp and eventually her recapture by her birth family. She also tells the dramatic story of Quanah Parker through childhood, battle, surrender, and reservation life. This narrative sets straight a story that has sometimes been distorted, offering new insight of Cynthia Ann Parker's last years, providing a complex picture of the "white" years of a woman who had matured among the Comanches since the age of nine. Among the documents from which Exley draws are a short autobiography of Daniel Parker, Rachel Parker Plummer's two narratives of her Indian captivity, James Parker's account of his search for Rachel and the other captives and several autobiographical accounts Quanah dictated to his friends. First published in 2001, Frontier Blood received the Summerfield G. Roberts award and the Rupert Richardson award. JO ELLA POWELL EXLEY is a fifth-generation descendant of Texas pioneers. She is a longtime schoolteacher in the Houston area and editor of Texas Tears and Texas Sunshine: Voices of Frontier Women, also published by Texas A&M University Press. What Readers Are Saying: " . . . . only now do we have the whole fascinating story of the Parker Clan, from their westward migration on to Texas and Cynthia's Commanche captivity, to Quanah's role as the last great war chief (and eventual peacemaker) of that tribe. Along the way in this well-told narrative, we meet Sul Ross, Ranald Mackenzie, even Custer, as well as the brave buffalo hunters of Adobe Walls. " --True West "Vivid, unsparing accounts, much insight into the pioneer experience and the details of early interracial relations will make this book popular among devotees of the history of the American West." --Publisher's Weekly "This narrative provides a stunning portrayal of frontier life in Texas, the dangers of Indian-white conflict, the Comanche tradition of kidnapping young children, and the shortsighted Indian policies of the Texas Republic and the United States government. This book will interest religious historians because of the Baptist influence among the Parkers, frontier scholars because of the chronological period and geographic setting, and those who favor smooth biographies of pioneering Texans." --Journal of the West "Entertaining as well as informative, Frontier Blood brings a fresh perspective to a familiar Texas story." --Texas Parks & Wildlife " . . . . only now do we have the whole fascinating story of the Parker clan, from their westward migration to Texas and Cynthia's Comanche captivity, to Quanah's role as the last great war chief." --True West

An Old Testament Theology


Author: Bruce K. Waltke

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310863325

Category: Religion

Page: 1040

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The Old Testament is more than a religious history of the nation of Israel. It is more than a portrait gallery of heroes of the faith. It is even more than a theological and prophetic backdrop to the New Testament. Beyond these, the Old Testament is inspired revelation of the very nature, character, and works of God. As renowned Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke writes in the preface of this book, the Old Testament’s every sentence is “fraught with theology, worthy of reflection.” This book is the result of decades of reflection informed by an extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language, the best of critical scholarship, a deep understanding of both the content and spirit of the Old Testament, and a thoroughly evangelical conviction. Taking a narrative, chronological approach to the text, Waltke employs rhetorical criticism to illuminate the theologies of the biblical narrators. Through careful study, he shows that the unifying theme of the Old Testament is the “breaking in of the kingdom of God.” This theme helps the reader better understand not only the Old Testament, but also the New Testament, the continuity of the entire Bible, and ultimately, God himself.

Learning to Program with Alice


Author: Wanda Dann,Stephen Cooper,Randy Pausch

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 0131872893

Category: Computers

Page: 318

View: 7440

Supporting an approach to teaching and learning fundamental programming concepts, the authors use program visualization to create a relationship between program construct and the animation action in a 3D world. This book is useful for courses in C++ - Intro to Programming/CS1, Java - Intro to Programming/CS1, and Introduction to Computer Science.

Film Review


Author: F. Maurice Speed

Publisher: N.A


Category: Motion pictures

Page: N.A

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The year's releases in review, with necrologies and brief articles.