Friday, September 12, 2014
1-2 PM Eastern Time
The Art, Mechanics and Meaning
Guests: Kelly Cresap and Judah Pollack
You’ve heard that humans are hard wired for stories. But what is a story? Must it have a beginning, middle and end? Must there be a protagonist and a problem? What are fragments, fables and fairy tales and how do we find meaning in symbol and metaphor? These highly skilled storytellers offer some provocative insights. Join us! This will be the first of several conversations on how stories and storytelling inform our organizations our lives.
Kelly M. Cresap PhD, is an author, public speaker, storyteller, award-winning performer and playwright, and former NPR commentator. His book Pop Trickster Fool examines archetypes in the life of pop artist Andy Warhol. Dr. Cresap coordinated the first Smithsonian conference on storytelling for personal transformation. He has led workshops on storytelling, archetypes, self-mentoring, and humor at venues such as NASA-Goddard, the Pentagon, the Whitman-Walker Clinic, and the National Speakers Association. Since 1998 Cresap has been an activist with the nonprofit men’s-movement organization Mankind Project dedicated to personal growth, leadership development, and empowering men to missions of service. He has helped staff over 40 weekend training intensives, for the local Greater Washington center, and for centers in eight states. He earned his doctorate in English literature at the University of Virginia and teaches at the University of Maryland.
Judah Pollack is an expert in the art of leadership in a rapidly changing world. He is currently finishing the book Wiring the Breakthrough Brain: The Neuro-architecture of Innovation for Penguin Publishing, due out in March 2015. Previously he co-authored the book The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness and Success. He is on the faculty at Stanford’s StartX and is a regular guest lecturer at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He has worked with many top companies including Google, SAP, Genentech, AirBnB, The North Face, and AutoDesk. Judah has worked with and designed for the US Army’s General Staff, Special Forces, and officers on how to lead inside complex, emergent systems. He is a Board member of the Plexus Institute. He was co-chair for the 2011 international conference on psychological type. In 2004 he was named writer of the year by the New Hampshire Press Association for his coverage of the 2004 presidential primary.