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WATCH: David Bornstein talks about storytelling, problem solving and the idea behind Dowser

   /   Jun 2nd, 2010Education, Photos & Videos

We thought our readers might enjoy a recent talk given by our founder, David Bornstein, at the Good Experience Live (Gel) conference in New York. It sheds light on our motivations for launching Dowser. In the first two minutes, David speaks about storytelling and problem solving—the two life passions that led him to write about social entrepreneurship and later to create Dowser.

3 Responses

  1. Nikola says:

    I think that stories are key. If we look back into history that is how history was made. As a matter of fact, we contribute to story telling by the type of stories we tell ourselves and others about the world around us. I’m sure each one of us had a grandfather/mother tell a story that sticks with us today.

    For me this video really solidified the idea/vision that a problem, no matter how complex, is not so overbearing when the time is taken to break it down into its smaller “units”. For example, in the video we saw how a math teacher helped students break math down into smaller units to empower them and show them that they do know what they are doing; that they can excel in math.

    The playground story is also a wonderful story of how a complex situation is broken down to a simple game of rock, paper, scissors.

    Lastly the peace on empathy was right on point. “It is a way to really listen and understand” a person different then you. Looking at life through their perspective and how this ability to learn empathy changes the type of language we use and how we see the diversity around us.

    I worked with kids/young adults who have special health care needs and because I built relationships and had a different perspective on life the “R” word is now on my radar. Even little things like describing a child with Autism as Autistic is like nails screeching on the chalk board. Language shapes how we interact, “see” people and that language shapes the stories we tell.

    But you know what. Non of the things that I wrote here and the information that was shared in the video would either stick with us, make sense or be worthy of our understanding if we didn’t hear stories and have experiences that let us “see possibilities that they [we] are not seeing”. Great video and great stories.

    P.S. If you are a math teacher, or teacher in general, check this video out form TedTalks. This teacher takes the complexity of math and breaks it into smaller “units” as well through the use of technology and more. :)

    http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/dan_meyer_math_curriculum_makeover.html

  2. I liked very much David talking about Roots of Empaty and also the expirience of bulding playground.
    I think this web :dowser is very good specially in this world with very similar problems every day covered by the midia.People love to know what is bringing solution !

  3. Patrick says:

    keep spririt, congratz to all of you