Describe the storytelling project of your dreams. Where would you do it and what would you do?
I would go around the U.S. collecting stories from a diverse array of folks: farmers, teachers, parents, children, conservatives living in blue states, liberals living in red states, et cetera. I would ask them questions about their lives and their desires. When I had a good amount of stories, I would try to find common patterns among them, elements that bring these people together. My ultimate purpose would be to provide a message for unity, to demonstrate that our similarities are stronger than our differences.
What do you think makes for a good story?
Honesty, courage and content from the heart are important elements of a good story. I appreciate raw and honest stories. I am delighted by stories in which the raw and honest content has been sculpted with intellectual sophistication.
How did you learn to blog? What was your process?
In March of 2010, I posted my first blog in CoLab Radio on the topic of my work as a program manager at CoLab. I followed my colleague Alexa’s “cheat sheet for new bloggers,” which provided clear and concise steps on how to create an effective blog. Back then I was so focused in performing my work that I struggled to find my voice to describe my work in writing. To overcome this writer’s block I, began to think in terms of how rather than just what. Alexa had suggested that I listen not only to what people said, but how they said it. So I chose to express how I felt about the importance of the bond that I shared with my coworkers. The result was an emotional piece of writing trying to bust out of a rigid grammatical structure. It was raw but courageous.