As the TED Talks below show, storytelling is not simply that linear narrative that begins with “once upon a time” and finishes with “they lived happily ever after.” Good stories are complicated, demanding, and call us to participate in something bigger than ourselves. Stories arise from world travels, happy accidents, or long stares out the window, and storytelling is as diverse in form or medium as the sources from which stories emerge. Below are three TED Talks that capture this diversity of form with incredible insight.
1. Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality). Tempest’s magic is in calling us to participate in the story itself.
2. Chip Kidd on the art of designing book covers that embody the book. The story of a book begins before you open the cover.
3. U.S. Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, on “Everyday moments, caught in time.” His already vivid poetry is enhanced in short films.