“Business is storytelling,” Jeffrey Wright, the actor and entrepreneur, tells Big Think in the latest installment of Edge.
Wright has starred in Broadway classics such as Angels in America and Topdog/Underdog. The Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe-winning actor has played unforgettable roles in box office hits like Casino Royale and The Hunger Games, and is a standout in the renowned ensemble cast of HBO’s critically-acclaimed Boardwalk Empire. So he knows a thing or two about the transformative power of storytelling.
“You have to instill a sense of faith, really, in those things unknown, that the vision will be realized,” he says. “Suspension of disbelief is critical to pressing forward and realizing a new reality whether it be in the theater or whether it be in business.”
In this exclusive workshop for Big Think Edge, Wright explains how to leverage the magic of storytelling. A valuable case study he provides focuses on his philanthropy work in Sierra Leone. If you want to learn how to motivate others and inspire change, subscribe to a free 14-day trial to Edge to learn strategies from Wright and other leading experts.
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Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.
- The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
- The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
- It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.
Yes, a coup d'état.
- Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
- A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
- Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
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