Telling stories to relate to one another can be done so many different ways—through books, paintings, movies, dance, websites, games—but it always begins with language and understanding. Language is how we create, find, and share meaning with one another.
We use spoken language to tell stories everywhere from boardrooms to campfires to long distance phone calls.
We use written language to tell stories to readers all over the world: on signs, in books, in web pages, on walls.
We use body language to act, dance, and perform stories on stage.
We use the language of design to bring the imagery of our stories to life: in paintings, drawings, and animations.
We use the music of language (and the language of music) to tap into the cadence, rhythm, harmony, and dissonance of our stories: with poetry, percussion, instrumentation, orchestration, and the human voice.
When we learn someone’s story, we can gauge how alike or different we are; we adopt a new way of looking at the world, or challenge it against our own perceptions. The act of telling stories is how we emit light. The act of listening to the stories of others is how we explore perceptions and gain a deeper understanding of the human condition.