How the story transforms the teller | Donald Davis | TEDxCharlottesville
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. StorytellerDonald Davis was born in a Southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. "I didn't learn stories, I just absorbed them," he says as he recounts tales and more tales learned from a family of traditional storytellers who have lived on the same Western North Carolina land since 1781. Davis remembers, "I discovered that in a story I could safely dream any dream, go anywhere I pleased, fight any foe, live or die. My stories created a safe experimental learning place.
And that is the way that Donald Davis has approached all of his learning places...as a graduate of Duke University; as a retired Methodist minister; as featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution; as a guest host for the National Public Radio Program "Good Evening"; and as father of four sons. For Donald Davis storytelling "...is not what I do for a living...it is how I do all that I do while I am living.”
About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)