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The Narrative Universe

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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Interview
Below is the second installment of our multi-part series entitled The Narrative Universe. In the coming weeks, we will explore how we humans construct our world—even our professional world—through stories, myths and narratives. “This is your brain on…Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen” - That’s one way to sum up the scholarship of Elaine Auyoung, professor of literature at the University of Minnesota. Another way is to say that she uses cognitive theory to...
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Think Piece
Virtual reality is nothing new. It’s as old as the hills, and almost as old as our opposable thumbs. Tens of thousands of years before the advent of Occulus Rift and Google Cardboard, we homo sapiens developed a capacity and predilection for entering into a state of reality that is distinct from and yet parallel to our everyday reality. Entrance into this state requires no technology, no chemical compounds, not even special brownies. The only thing you need: A story.
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The Aesthetics of Change

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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Final Reflections
Back in September, we opened this blog series on the Aesthetics of Change with an homage to David Bowie—for who better embodies the idea that something strange may change you? Of course, we had no idea that by the time we wrapped up the series, we would be saying goodbye to Bowie for good. He dedicated his 69 years to the aesthetics of change, and he still had more to give: the final track on his final album is, after all, entitled “I Can’t Give Everything Away.” We...
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Topical Reading
Hit pause.Where are you? What happened today? Yesterday? Last week? Last year? The last 20 years? Who was there? What did you do? Feel? Love? Laugh at? Think about?Select all.Delete all.Repeat every five seconds.Such were the instructions hardcoded into Clive Wearing’s brain by a devastating neurological infection. Desperate, he filled journals with the phrases “I am awake,” “I am conscious,” “This time finally awake.” Affirmations and negations entered minutes...
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Marsha Dunn
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Interview
“I’ve had the experience of walking into a client’s office a year and half after we did a session with them and finding that the giant foam core boards containing our single frame visuals are still up on the wall, and still being referenced. I have seen clients hang our scribing in their offices as memento of great design session. I know of cases in which clients are able to reuse a presentation we created to deliver talks over the course of a year or more. These...
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, November 5, 2015
Read / Dialogue / Apply
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”—Yogi BerraAs Yogi makes (un)clear—as only Yogi could—the relationship between theory and practice is anything but straightforward. Does theory arise from practice or practice from theory? What does it mean to marry theory and practice? How can we use theory to conceive and reconceive of the work we do? Does a new theoretical vocabulary give birth to different and deeper conceptions...
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Hamilton Ray
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Case Study
Below is the fourth installment of our series on The Aesthetics of Change, and Part II of Our Living Case Study. In Part I of the case study, Can You See Me Now: Scribing From A Mile Away, and in the piece below, we seek to bring the abstract ideas about art and change that we explored in our introductory piece into the here and now."It’s hard to be humble when you’re stunting on a jumbotron." —Kanye WestOkay, it wasn’t a jumbotron, and we weren’t "stunting" in a...
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Marsha Dunn
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Interview
Below is the third installment of our series on The Aesthetics of Change. Over the next month, we will continue to explore how art and design facilitate change at the personal and organizational level through interviews and dialogue.Imagine it is 1994 and you have just been elected mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, a city considered the most dangerous in Latin America. Imagine you are faced with the challenge of making a city plagued by corruption and violence safe again....
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Hamilton Ray
Monday, October 5, 2015
Case Study
Below is the second installment of our series on The Aesthetics of Change. In the coming months, we will continue to explore how art and design facilitate change at the personal and organizational level through expert interviews and dialogue.A Living Case StudyIn the kick-off to this series we introduced a number of theories on how the arts can act as powerful agents of change. We considered the views of aesthetic theorists such as William and Henry...
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Marsha Dunn
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Think Piece
With the piece below we introduce a multi-part series that invites you to "think big" about the The Aesthetics of Change. In the coming months, we will explore how art and design facilitate change at the personal and organizational level through case studies, expert interviews, and dialogue."Every work of art must have about it something not understood to obtain its full effect." —S.T. Coleridge“Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strange.” —David BowieTo Change...
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