Story is the fundamental instrument of thought. For thousands of years, humans have been using stories to transmit important ideas and concepts. The past fifty years have emphasized information. Those who had access to the most information succeeded. However, the internet has made information democratic. Information is no longer limited to the elite. Because information can be accessed by anyone, the ability to present information in a persuasive or engaging manner is what will set individuals apart from others.
How story applies to law
Legal research can be outsourced. In fact, many firms are doing so. Because of West and Lexis Nexis, legal research can be done by someone in
What can you do
1. Write a mini saga. A mini saga is a 50 word story with a beginning, middle, and an end.
2. Experiment with digital storytelling. Use Powerpoint, but go beyond the bullet points. One of my favorite digital story telling programs is Microsoft Photostory. You can also check out Fray and City Stories to get some ideas for digital stories.
3. Start a story telling group. Our society has lost the art of storytelling during the last century. Get some friends together and bring it back. Each week gather together and assign someone to be the master storyteller.
4. Books to read.
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art, by Robert McCloud.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell.