NYU Stern School of Business, Stern Talks Darren Campo, Adjunct Professor, Media and Technology, discusses the new rules of storytelling from his course, “The Business of Producing”
Remember when you found out there was no Santa, tooth fairy, or Easter Bunny? Oh, and remember when you found out that there was no safe place for your money? I remember the fantasy that if I had $100, the best thing I could do was split it up, so that some of it was […]
How to achieve super immunity. The greatest obstruction to getting well is a diagnosis.
Wisdom for storytelling beyond the hero’s journey The hero’s journey is the cornerstone of Western storytelling: a person’s quest from bad fortune to happy ending. Everyone wants to get someplace better. Everybody needs relief from misery. This quest is the basic shape of a story: To move from bad-fortune to good-fortune, you have got […]
Training the mind is not taught in school. Those attempting to govern stressful thoughts fall prey to distractions. Focus is so difficult that a product’s power to distract is related to how much money we pay for it (movies, quarterbacks, drugs). Personal power comes through mastery of thought. The samurai must master their emotions to […]
In order to create characters and tell their story, you have got to know where they are on THE TONE SCALE at every moment they exist. Likewise, in order to accomplish certain things in life, you have got to be above a certain level of consciousness (for a few moments at least) – you […]
Throughout the 1900’s, a man traveled the country teaching groups of people about the dark side of the force, which he simply called “The Teachings.” He used The Picture of Man to show how every person is trying to gain non-disturbance with outward negative force (complaining, sticking up for rights, getting others to change) or […]
How close are we to immortality? According to Raymond Kurtzweil, our life spans will increase by more than a year every year around 2030. His reasoning is exponential increase in technology, including biological control. But is aging really a biological function or is it a mental one? There is a big difference in bringing a […]
The Bechdel Test: Does a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man?
In a recent lecture I gave at NYU, I asked the class to draw the connection between Google’s recent acquisition of a drone maker and the evil Hydra drones in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I wasn’t being serious, mostly (I’m sure it’s just about increasing global market share…) This is just a method I […]
Lesson 1: Warren Buffet vs Bitcoin In March 2014, the usually sanguine Warren Buffet made some disparaging comments about the potential of Bitcoin, which were more or less in line with his usual regard for new technology. This caused Bitcoin investor Marc Andreessen to reply that, “The historical track record of old white men crapping […]